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Joshua Heffernan Died In Cierco Head-On Collision On Route 31 By Tuttle Road

Joshua Heffernan Died In Cierco Car Accident Along Route 31lawyertime

CIERCO, NEW YORK (December 13, 2021) – One person identified as Joshua Heffernan has tragically died in a head-on car accident on Route 31.

Onondaga County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 5:00 p.m. on Friday. The driver of a GMC Terrain crossed the centerline of traffic and hit the car driven by Joshua Heffernan head-on. 

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures, Joshua Heffernan died due to the severity of his injuries. 

A full investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time. 

Liability In Cierco Head-On Collisions

Head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of accidents that a person can be involved in. They account for only 2% of all collisions, but over 11% of all traffic fatalities. A large portion of these collisions are due to drivers that cross over double yellow lines. Many collisions take place when drivers are either distracted or speeding. Victims of head-on collisions tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:

  • Broken bones
  • Head injuries 
  • Spinal cord injuries
  • Organ damage

Any driver that crosses over double yellow lines may be held liable in the event of an accident. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1128(a), “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.” It has been estimated that nearly 25% of all fatal collisions involve an intoxicated driver. There are many steps that accident victims should take after any collision.

  • Victims should seek medical care. 
  • Surveillance footage should be sought. 
  • A thorough, independent investigation should be conducted. 

The family of any victim that died in a head-on collision may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral costs. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. 

Investigating A Cierco Head-On Collision

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victim that died in this accident. Any person that may have more information about what took place should reach out to the police. It is our sincere hope that city officials will consider measures to help make this stretch of road safer. This accident raises a number of safety concerns. Was the driver distracted prior to the crash? Is there a history of collisions on this stretch of road? Could this tragedy have been prevented?

Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Cierco? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held responsible for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions  or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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