Koray Kurulgan, 30, of Staten Island, Seriously Injured In Dix Hills Tractor-Trailer Truck Accident On The Long Island Expressway By Exit 52
LONG ISLAND, NEW YORK (August 29, 2021) – A man identified as Koray Kurulgan was critically injured in a car accident with a semi-truck on the Long Island Expressway in Dix Hills.
Long Island police officials are saying that the accident took place around 1:35 a.m. on Saturday. Koray Kurulgan was driving a 2005 MINI Cooper when he collided with the back of a tractor-trailer truck parked on the shoulder of the Long Island Expressway.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Koray Kurulgan was taken to the Good Samaritan Hospital Medical Center with critical injuries.
The driver of the tractor-trailer truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Long Island Car Accidents With Parked Semi-Trucks
The FMCSA estimates that nearly 5,000 people are killed every year in truck accidents. There are a number of ways that commercial trucks can be uniquely dangerous. For example, commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs and take a long time to come to a complete stop. They have a high center of gravity which can make rollover collisions more likely. Their high ground clearance also makes under-ride collisions more likely. Factors that can influence the likelihood of truck accidents may include:
- Brake failures
- Distracted driving
- Inclement weather
When a driver rear-ends a truck or other vehicle most people will automatically assume that that driver was at fault. But this isn’t necessarily always the case. Trucks must only pull over to the side of the road in the event of an emergency. But in many situations this does not happen. Truck drivers have pulled over to the side of the road to use the bathroom, eat or even to go to sleep.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has set forth rules governing stopped commercial trucks. According to Federal Regulation §392.22, drivers of commercial trucks must immediately activate their hazard warning signal flashers. As a general rule truck drivers should put out warning devices including reflective triangles and flares within 10 minutes of pulling over. Victims of semi-truck accidents often suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
Failure to follow the regulations regarding parked commercial vehicles may result in liability for a truck driver or the company they work for. Any person that is injured in a truck accident with a parked truck may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. The FMCSA requires many commercial trucks to carry between $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage depending on what they are transporting. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Long Island Semi-Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Koray Kurulgan as he continues to recover. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. As truck accident attorneys we remain deeply concerned by the increase of serious truck accidents throughout the state.
There needs to be a thorough investigation into what happened. Many questions need to be answered. Why was this truck driver parked by the side of the road? Did they put on their hazard lights and put out reflective triangles? Parked semi-trucks create a major safety hazard for other drivers. Ideally, trucks should only ever be parked by the side of the road in emergency situations.