Hudson Valley Man, 37, And Two Children Ages 10 and 8 Were Injured In Red Hook Garbage Truck Accident Along West Market Street In Dutchess County
DUTCHESS COUNTY, NEW YORK (August 22, 2021) – A man from Hudson Valley and his two children were injured in a Red Hook trash truck accident along West Market Street.
New York police officials are saying that the collision took place around 8:10 a.m. in Dutchess County. A garbage truck driver was making a left turn into a business and pulled in front of a Honda traveling eastbound.
The driver of the Honda collided with the hydraulic arm of a garbage truck before coming to a stop. The 37-year-old driver of the Honda and his two young children were taken to the Mid Hudson Regional Hospital for medical evaluation.
The extent of their injuries remains unclear at this time. Police interviewed the driver of the garbage truck who remained at the scene. It remains unclear if that driver will receive any citations following the collision.
Liability In Red Hook Garbage Truck Accidents
In any given year there are around 2,500 accidents involving garbage trucks and roughly half of those collisions result in injury or death. Garbage trucks can be particularly dangerous for a number of reasons. A fully loaded garbage truck can weigh between 50,000 – 60,000 lbs. Garbage trucks also have huge blind spots that can make an SUV disappear. If a driver isn’t cautious and checks those blind spots they could easily cause an accident. Other factors that may contribute to a garbage truck collision may include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driver distraction
- Inclement weather
- Prescription drug use
Left turns are among the most dangerous type of maneuvers that drivers can make. According to one report from the NHTSA, 22.2% of crashes featured left turns as the “critical pre-crash event.” This compares to 1.2% of accidents that involve right turns. In fact, left-turns are three times more likely to kill pedestrians. When drivers make left turns they have to split their attention between their destination and cross traffic. It is for these reasons that UPS drivers almost never make left turns.
Garbage truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care before attempting to make a left turn. Per New York Vehicle and Traffic Law § 1141, drivers must yield the right of way to any vehicle traveling the opposing direction within an intersection that is close enough so as to pose a hazard. If a driver makes an unprotected left turn and is struck by another vehicle the driver making the left turn will nearly always be held at fault.
Depending on the facts of any case liability for a garbage truck accident may extend beyond any driver. If the driver of a garbage truck was working at the time of a collision the company that they were working for could be held at fault. But many garbage trucks are owned by cities. If this is the case liability for the crash could extend all the way to the municipal entity that owned the truck. Victims of garbage truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord trauma
- Psychological trauma
Many victims of garbage truck accidents may not fully realize the extent of their injuries until some time after a collision. It’s a mistake to simply assume that you aren’t injured after a collision because you’re able to walk around and feel ok. The prudent thing to do is to seek medical care. After this it’s also a good idea to seek the guidance of an experienced garbage truck accident attorney. An attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. Victims of garbage truck accidents will normally be entitled to financial compensation for their injuries.
Investigating A Red Hook Garbage Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the Red Hook father and children involved in this collision. It is our sincere hope that they’ll be completely fine in the long run. This was a highly preventable collision that could have easily seriously injured or killed someone. As garbage truck accident attorneys we are all too familiar with how dangerous these vehicles can be. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. The company or city that owns this garbage truck should do the right thing and take steps to help the victims.