30-Year-Old Man Critically Injured In Queens Truck Accident On Rockaway Boulevard Near Kennedy Airport
QUEENS, NEW YORK CITY (February 10, 2022) – A man was critically injured in a Queens box truck accident along Rockaway Boulevard near the Kennedy Airport.
New York City police officials are saying that the collision took place around 6:55 p.m. on Tuesday. A 2007 Hino box truck slammed into an SUV and ran it over.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. He was eventually extricated from his SUV and taken to the hospital with serious injuries.
A full investigation into the crash near the Kennedy Airport remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Queens Truck Accidents
Commercial trucks can be particularly dangerous to smaller vehicles. They can weigh 20 – 30 times more than a passenger vehicle. Most commercial trucks also have a high ground clearance which makes underride collisions more likely. Operating a commercial truck requires a different set of skills and knowledge than operating a passenger vehicle. Commercial truck drivers are also put under numerous stresses most people don’t have to deal with.
- They often must drive at night or at odd hours when they would naturally be tired.
- They are pushed to work long hours which can also make them tired.
- Truck drivers must constantly check their blind spots which are typically quite large.
All truck drivers are expected to operate their vehicle with due care in order to avoid collisions. A large number of collisions are due to truck drivers that fail to check their blind spots and make dangerous turns. According to New York Vehicle Code § 1141, “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.” Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Spinal cord injuries
- Head injuries
- Organ damage
Any person that is injured in a truck accident may be able to seek damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. The FMCSA requires most commercial trucks to carry liability policies between $750,000 – $5,000,000. A New York City truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Queens Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our thoughts and prayers to the man injured in this Queens truck accident. It is our sincere hope that he will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of the victim whose life has been changed by this collision.
Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a Queens truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they are entitled to under the law. Whether you need help after an accident or just have legal questions we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.