Rabbi Jacob Holzman of Brooklyn Died In Wyoming County Feed Truck Accident At Synergy Farms LLC In Covington
WYOMING COUNTY, NEW YORK (August 20, 2021) – A Rabbi from New York City identified as Jacob Holzman has tragically died in a truck accident inside of a cow barn at Synergy Farms LLC in Covington.
Wyoming County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 11:00 a.m. on Thursday. Rabbi Jacob Holzman went to Synergy Farms LLC for the purpose of certifying meat as kosher.
The victim was in the middle of the aisle when a Mack feed truck was backing down the aisle. Unfortunately, the truck hit Rabbi Jacob Holzman causing him serious injuries.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Sadly, the Rabbi was beyond medical help and pronounced dead at the scene by the Wyoming County Coroner.
A full investigation into the cause of the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Truck Accidents At Synergy Farms LLC
Nearly 5,000 pedestrians are killed every year in car accidents. According to the National Safety Council nearly 500 people are killed every year in back up collisions. Another 15,000 people are injured and require hospitalizations. These types of accidents are both tragic and highly preventable. There are a number of safety steps that can be taken in order to reduce the likelihood of a back up collision.
- Drivers should become familiar with the blind spots on their vehicle. Nearly every car and truck has a large blind spot immediately behind the vehicle.
- Use a spotter if you cannot see behind a vehicle.
- If there is no spotter around, get out of your vehicle and walk around to check your surroundings.
- Park defensively and choose parking spots that don’t require backing up.
Drivers must exercise due care to avoid hitting pedestrians in any setting. According to New York Vehicle and Traffic Code 1146, motorists must yield the right of way to any pedestrian on the road which they are traveling. Failing to yield to a pedestrian may result in fines or even jail time depending on the specific facts of any case. If a driver fails to exercise due care and backs into a pedestrian they could be held liable.
Liability for a pedestrian accident could extend beyond the driver if they were working at the time of a collision. Companies including farms are typically responsible for the negligent actions of their employees. This is based on the legal concept of vicarious liability. For an employer to be vicariously liable for an accident the employee must have been working within the course and scope of their job duties.
Negligence for an accident may also extend to the upkeep of a property where a car accident took place. Property owners have a legal responsibility to maintain their premises in a reasonably safe condition for the guests, customers and licensees that visit the property. Narrow isles where pedestrians and trucks cross could certainly create a dangerous condition that leads to an accident. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after an accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed
- Medical records should be preserved
- Worker training manuals should be sought
The family of any victim that died in a car accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help with the unexpected expenses that may come with a sudden and tragic death. Beneficiaries of a civil claim may include a victim’s spouse and children. In order to win a civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence. A wrongful death attorney can examine the specific facts of your case free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve about what went wrong.
Investigating A Wyoming County Truck Accident At Synergy Farms LLC
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek extend our deepest condolences to the family of Rabbi Jacob Holzman. This was a tragedy that should never have taken place. There needs to be a thorough investigation following this accident. This is a blow not only to this victim’s family but to the community he so faithfully has served all of his life. It is our sincere hope that steps will be considered to help prevent similar tragedies. No family should ever have to suffer through something so preventable.