Hudson Valley Bicyclist Devin Griffiths Killed In Kingston Semi-Truck Accident Along Broadway By East St. James Street
ULSTER COUNTY, NEW YORK (September 21, 2021) – A bicyclist identified as Devin Griffiths has tragically died in a tractor-trailer truck accident in Kingston on Broadway by East St. James Street.
Ulster County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 1:30 p.m. on Saturday, September 18th. A semi-truck hit the Devin Griffiths as he was riding his bicycle.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the Kingston collision in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, Devin Griffiths was pronounced dead by the Ulster County Medical Examiner.
No information about the victim’s name, age or gender has been released at this time. Police interviewed the driver of the semi-truck who remained at the scene.
In the wake of this bicycle accident and others, Ulster County board members are urging the Ulster County Traffic Safety Board to conduct a traffic safety study campaign.
A full investigation into the Kingston truck accident that killed Devin Griffiths remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Ulster County Semi-Truck Accidents
As more people look for alternative modes of transportation, bicycles have become increasingly popular. Sadly, this has led to an increase in the overall number of bicycle collisions. According to the National Safety Council, “Bicycle-related deaths peak in the summer months, starting in June, and they remain high through September.” Bicyclists are uniquely vulnerable in collisions due to their small profile. There are numerous factors that could potentially contribute to collisions including:
- A lack of bicycle lanes on roadways
- Confusing or missing road signs
- The blind spots on semi-trucks
- Excessive speed
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
Depending on the facts of any case, there could be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident. Truck drivers are supposed to exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians and bicyclists. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), “every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicyclist, pedestrian, or domestic animal upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.” If a driver fails to exercise due care and hits a bicyclist they could be held liable.
Truck drivers are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Among other things, they have to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL). Operating a truck is much more difficult and potentially hazardous than operating a passenger vehicle. Title 49 of the Code of Federal Regulations covers most of the rules that governs how truck drivers can operate. What follows are just some of the regulations that truck drivers must abide by.
- No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle while impaired through either fatigue or illness.
- No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle unless the driver is satisfied all parts of the truck are in good working order.
- No driver shall operate a commercial motor vehicle under the influence of any Schedule 1 substance.
State and local municipalities in New York have a legal responsibility to maintain roadways in a reasonably safe condition. A city in New York could potentially be liable for an accident if it was caused by a defective road design. State officials should conduct traffic studies in areas with a history of collisions and take corrective action if needed. A road could be in a dangerous condition if it has missing or inadequate traffic signals or signs. Likewise, improper drainage could lead to vehicles hydroplaning or sliding on black ice in the winter. When a state or local municipality is aware – or should have been aware – of a dangerous condition and they fail to remedy this in a reasonable amount of time they could be liable for an accident.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover some of the expenses that can accrue with the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one. In order to win any civil claim plaintiffs must typically demonstrate negligence. Unfortunately, truck companies and municipalities will often fight extremely hard to deny any responsibility for an accident. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Ulster County Semi-Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Devin Griffiths who was killed in this Kingston truck accident. Any person that may have information about the cause of the crash should speak to authorities. A thorough investigation should be conducted for the sake of all who have lost so much.
This accident raises a number of safety questions. Was the truck driver involved in this collision potentially distracted? Were they following all traffic laws and regulations? Could this tragedy have been prevented? It’s a good thing that Ulster County officials are considering performing a traffic study. This could potentially prevent accidents and save lives down the road.