Jesica Dorronsoro, of Halfmoon, David Johnson, of Stony Creek, Died In Malta Box Truck Accident On Interstate 87 Freeway
SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK (February 10, 2022) – Two people identified as Jesica Dorronsoro and David Johnson died in a Malta box truck accident on Interstate 87.
Saratoga County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 3:49 a.m. on February 6. Jesica Dorronsoro was driving a Buick SUV when she was involved in a collision with a Honda SUV.
The force of the impact caused the Buick to lose control and cross the median. A good Samaritan identified as David Johnson left his vehicle in order to help Jesica Dorronsoro.
Both Jesica Dorronsoro and David Johnson were standing behind the Buick when they were hit by a northbound box truck. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help both of the victims.
Sadly, both pedestrians were pronounced dead at the scene of the crash.
Liability In Malta Truck Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year in truck accidents in the United States. According to one report by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 31 percent higher in 2019 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. The number of truck occupants who died was 51 percent higher than in 2009.” There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a truck accident including:
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
- Driver fatigue
Driving a truck is substantially more difficult than driving a passenger vehicle. Truck drivers will typically need to get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. There is simply no reason that a truck driver should ever rear-end another vehicle in the roadway, even if it is disabled. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code § 1129, no driver shall follow another vehicle more closely than would be safe and reasonable given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence for any driver that rear ends another vehicle.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability for a box truck accident may extend beyond any driver. Many box truck are utilized for commercial purposes. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Many truck companies will try to evade liability for crash by hiring their drivers as “independent contractors.” There are a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- The box truck event data recorder (EDR) should be examined.
- A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted.
The family of any victim that died in a truck accident may have legal recourse through N.Y. Est. Powers & Trusts Law § 5-4.1 (2021). Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral costs. It is extremely important that evidence is preserved after an accident. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to demonstrate liability. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Malta Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the families of Jesica Dorronsoro and David Johnson. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened for the sake of all who have lost so much. Any person that may have witnessed the crash should come forward and speak with police.
Do you need more information about a truck accident in Malta? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.