Mark Yurko Died In Newark Valley Motorcycle Accident With Dump Truck On King Hill Road
TIOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK (October 28, 2021) – A man identified as Mark Yurko has tragically died in a Newark Valley dump truck accident while riding a motorcycle along King Hill Road.
Tioga County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 5:45 p.m. on Wednesday, October 27th. Mark Yurko was riding a motorcycle on King Hill Road when a dump truck began pulling into a driveway.
The motorcycle rider was not able to avoid the collision and collided with the dump truck. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.
Mark Yurko was suffering from critical injuries at the crash site. Despite the best efforts of paramedics, he could not be saved and was pronounced dead at the scene.
Police officials interviewed the driver of the dump truck. A full investigation into the fatal Newark Valley dump truck crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Newark Valley Dump Truck Accidents
Dump trucks are typically used to transport loose material such as gravel or demolition waste used in construction. Dump truck sales have continue to grow in the United States due to a rise in construction activity. This has also come with a substantial increase in the number of dump truck collisions per year. In 2017, there were an estimated 380 fatal dump truck collisions. There are a number of factors that can make dump trucks especially dangerous to motorcyclists and passenger vehicles.
- Size: Like most commercial trucks, dump trucks are large and have a wide turning radius. It takes them longer to make turns safely.
- Blind Spots: Due to their large size, dump trucks also have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of motorcyclists and smaller vehicles.
- Stopping Distance: A fully loaded dump truck can take much longer to stop than a passenger vehicle. Inexperienced drivers may not realize when they need to break in order to avoid a collision.
Poor safety standards in the construction industry are among the most common causes of dump truck collisions. This is especially true with respect to drivers that make turns. Dump truck drivers must get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1163, “No person shall turn a vehicle at an intersection […] or move right or left upon a roadway unless and until such movement can be made with reasonable safety.” A large portion of fatal collisions are due to dangerous left turns in the roadway.
Left turns can be so dangerous that many large companies such as UPS actively avoid as many as possible with their GPS. For perspective, over 53% of crossing-path accidents occur during left-turns. However, less than 6% of crashes involve vehicles turning right. According to a new paper in the Transportation Research Record, cities can help improve safety and flow capacity by strategically eliminating left turns. Left-turn restrictions at busier intersections are more effective at improving safety than at less busy intersections further from the centers of towns.
When a driver makes an unprotected turn and is hit by another vehicle they will typically be held at fault in the event of an accident. If the driver of a dump truck was working at the time of a collision the company that they were working for could be held at fault. In general, companies in New York are vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as the negligent conduct was generally foreseeable and a natural consequence of a worker’s employment. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident.
- Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- All vehicles involved should be examined.
- Medical records should be preserved.
The family of any victim that died in a dump truck accident may be able to seek justice through a wrongful death claim. According to (N.Y. Est. Powers & Trusts Law § 5-4.1 (2021), a civil claim must be followed by a wrongful act, neglect or default such that, had the victim survived, they would be entitled to file a claim on their own behalf. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim will typically include a victim’s next of kin. Sadly, though, truck companies will often fight extremely hard to deny liability for any collision. A New York wrongful death attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Newark Valley Dump Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Mark Yurko. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be some transparency and accountability for what happened.
This accident raises a number of safety concerns. Did the dump truck driver involved in this crash get proper training? Were they distracted? What are the circumstances leading up to the collision? Far too often truck accidents are due to drivers that are put under too much pressure from their employers. Nearly all truck accidents can be prevented when traffic laws are observed. It is our sincere hope that measures will be considered to prevent similar tragedies from happening again.