Elderly Man In Mobility Scooter Injured In Hit-And-Run Poughkeepsie Flatbed Truck Accident By The Intersection of North Clinton Street and Mansion Street
DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 10, 2021) – An elderly man riding a mobility scooter was injured in a Poughkeepsie hit-and-run flatbed truck accident near the intersection of North Clinton Street and Mansion Street.
Poughkeepsie police officials are saying that the accident took place around 8:00 a.m. on Monday, October 4th. An elderly man was attempting to cross the intersection and was about halfway through the crosswalk.
The driver of a flatbed truck began making a left turn when the back wheel of the truck caught the mobility scooter and knocked the victim to the ground. The driver of the truck got out in order to help the elderly man back up.
After helping the man back into the mobility scooter the truck driver fled the scene and is currently being sought by police. Police officials were called to the scene of the collision and helped get the victim to the hospital.
A surveillance video of the crash was captured and posted to YouTube. Anyone that may have information about the truck driver that left the scene should reach out to Poughkeepsie police officials.
Liability In Dutchess County Hit-And-Run Truck Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in hit-and-run collisions every year. According to the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, “There were an estimated 737,100 hit-and-run crashes in 2015 (NHTSA, 2016). This translates to a hit-and-run crash happening somewhere in the U.S. every 43 seconds.” A large portion of hit-and-run collisions involve drivers that are under the influence of alcohol. Other factors that could potentially contribute to a hit-and-run collision may include:
- Driver distraction
- Driver fatigue
- Inclement weather
Operating a commercial truck is much different from driving a passenger vehicle. It requires a different set of skills and knowledge. For example, flatbed trucks can have very large blind spots all around the truck. These blind spots are especially pronounced in the front of a truck where many pedestrians cross. This makes small children and people in mobility scooters particularly vulnerable. Truck drivers are trained to learn where their blind spots are and to check them before making turns.
If a truck driver strikes a pedestrian while making a left turn they could be held at fault in the event of a collision. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers are supposed to yield the right of way to pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. Drivers must also announce their presence with their horn when necessary. Drivers that fail to yield to pedestrians in crosswalks could face civil liability in the event of an accident.
When a truck driver flees the scene of a collision that causes bodily injury or death they could also potentially face criminal sanctions. Drivers must stop at the scene of collisions that cause bodily injury or death. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 600 (2), drivers must remain at the scene of an injury accident and produce their license and insurance information. Hit-and-run penalties under New York law may include:
- Fines up to $5,000.
- 3 points on an individual’s drivers license.
- License revocation for one year.
- Up to 1 year of jail time for leaving before police arrive.
- Criminal conviction.
The FMCSA requires trucks to carry between $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured in a truck accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important to seek medical treatment after any collision. A Poughkeepsie truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case for free and let you know what your rights are.
Investigating A Dutchess County Hit-And-Run Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the mobility scooter rider injured in this Poughkeepsie truck accident. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There is simply no excuse to ever leave the scene of an accident where someone was injured.
This collision raises a number of safety questions. Is there a history of accidents at this particular intersection? Why did the truck driver leave the scene? Could this collision have been prevented? It is our sincere hope that the victim recovers and that there is accountability for what took place.