Michael Wyka of Monsey Died In Orange County Car Accident Involving A Box Truck Along Route 17 In The Hudson Valley
ORANGE COUNTY, NEW YORK (August 20, 2021) – A man from Monsey identified as Michael Wyka has tragically died in a collision with a box truck on Route 17 in the town of Tuxedo.
Hudson Valley police officials are saying that the collision took place around 4:00 a.m. on Wednesday. A 31-year-old driver operating a box truck was traveling down Route 17 when he collided head-on with a Nissan Sentra driven by Michael Wyka.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene to aid those that needed help. Troopers found Michael Wyka trapped inside of his vehicle with major injuries.
The victim was extracted from his Nissan with the help of Tuxedo Fire Department officials. Life-saving measures were attempted. Sadly, Michael Wyka could not be revived and was pronounced dead at the scene.
A full investigation into the deadly Hudson Valley box truck accident remains ongoing.
Liability In Hudson Valley Box Truck Accidents
Nearly 36,000 people are killed every year in car accidents. According to data from the FMCSA, nearly 5,000 of those collisions involve a commercial truck. Tens of thousands of more people were left with serious and life-changing injuries after a collision with a truck. Commercial trucks can be substantially more dangerous than passenger vehicles for a number of reasons.
- A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. Even a low impact collision can be lethal under certain conditions.
- Due to their weight, a semi-truck traveling at 60 mph can take the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
- Commercial trucks have a high ground clearance. Smaller sedans can easily under-ride trucks and leave their occupants seriously injured or killed.
Truck drivers have difficult jobs and are often put under enormous pressure to complete their routes as quickly as possible. Nearly 15% of all truck drivers involved in collisions reported pressure from work as being a factor in their crash. Truck drivers often work long hours during all hours of the night and can easily become fatigued. The Centers For Disease Control estimates that staying awake for only 18 hours reduces a person’s driving ability equal to driving with a BAC of 0.05%.
The fact of the matter is that head-on collisions are among the most dangerous types of accidents that a person can be involved in. They account for only around 2% of all collisions but over 11% of all traffic fatalities. If a truck driver crosses into opposing lanes of traffic and collides with a vehicle they will typically be held at fault. Drivers have a legal obligation not to cross double yellow lines. Depending on the circumstances of any crash liability for a truck accident may extend beyond any driver.
If the truck driver was working at the time of a crash the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Companies are generally liable for the negligent actions of their employees. There are, however, situations where people simply rent trucks for a short time. In most situations truck rental companies will not be liable for the negligent actions of the drivers they rent to. But they could be liable for the negligent entrustment of those vehicles. For example, it is illegal to rent a vehicle to someone who is visibly intoxicated or who does not have a license. There are a number of steps that should be taken after a truck accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Both of the vehicles involved should be examined.
- A truck’s event data recorder (EDR) should be examined.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- An experienced truck accident attorney should be consulted.
It can be hard to know where to begin after a fatal truck accident. But it’s important to know what your rights are in the event of a collision. The family of any person that dies due to the negligence of another driver is protected by a number of laws. They may have recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a wrongful death claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the specific facts of your case free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve about what went wrong.
Investigating A Hudson Valley Box Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek extend our deepest condolences to the family of Michael Wyka. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. Any potential witnesses that can offer information should come forward and speak with police officials. It is important that we all learn to share the road with one another. Far too often companies value profits and expeditious trips over the safety of their drivers and everyone else on the road. This should never be the case. Human life is precious and must be protected through our legal system.