Multiple People Injured In Saugerties Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident On I-87
SAUGERTIES, NEW YORK (December 21, 2021) – Multiple people were injured in a Saugerties tractor-trailer truck accident on Interstate 87.
Ulster County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 1:45 p.m. on Monday, December 20th. A tractor-trailer truck rear-ended a passenger vehicle which caused a chain reaction crash.
Two other passenger vehicles were ultimately hit. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the Saugerties collision in order to help all of the victims.
One person was airlifted to the Albany Medical Center and three other people were taken to the hospital. Police interviewed the truck driver who remained at the scene.
A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Ulster County Truck Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in truck accidents every year. According to the FMCSA, “In 2019, 5,237 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes, a 2-percent increase from 2018. From 2018 to 2019, large truck and bus fatalities per 100 million vehicle miles traveled by all motor vehicles declined from 0.162 to 0.161, 21 percent below the 21st-century peak of 0.205 in 2000.” There are dozens of factors that could potentially contribute to a truck accident. What follows below are some of the most common contributing factors.
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of accidents that occur. They are also among the most preventable. They nearly always occur when drivers are following the lead vehicle too closely. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1129, the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than what would be reasonable and prudent having due regard for their speed and the conditions of the roadway. A large portion of these collisions are due to truck drivers that are distracted or fatigued.
Many rear-end collisions also take place due to drivers that are speeding. Pursuant to New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1180, no vehicle shall drive a motor vehicle at a speed greater than what is reasonable and prudent under the prevailing conditions of the roadway. Operating a truck is much more difficult than driving a passenger vehicle. It takes much longer to stop a fully loaded semi-truck than a passenger vehicle.
If a truck driver rear-ends a vehicle, they will nearly always be held at fault. Under certain conditions, their employer could be vicariously liable for an accident. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent actions of their employees. However, many truck companies will try to evade liability for crashes by hiring their drivers as independent contractors. Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
The FMCSA requires commercial trucks to carry at least $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability insurance. Any person that is injured may be able to seek aid through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Ulster County Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to all of the victims of this Saugerties accident. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a highly preventable accident that should not have taken place. Did this truck driver receive adequate training? Were they distracted? Were they speeding? Nearly all rear-end collisions can be prevented when drivers slow down and scan the road ahead of them.
Do you need help after being involved in a truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to help with whatever you need. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they are entitled to. Whether you just have legal questions or need assistance after a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.