Ithaca Box Truck Accident On South Meadow Street Kills Pedestrian
TOMPKINS COUNTY, NEW YORK (November 6, 2021) – A car accident involving a commercial box truck killed a pedestrian along South Meadow Street in Ithaca.
Ithaca police officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:00 a.m. on November 5th. A pedestrian was walking along the roadway when they were struck by a commercial box truck.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Life-saving measures were taken in order to save the victim, but they were pronounced dead not long after the crash.
A full investigation into the Ithaca box truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Ithaca Box Truck Accidents
Nearly 4,000 pedestrians are killed every year in car accidents. These collisions tend to happen during the early morning hours between 6:00 p.m. and 9:00 p.m. on weekdays. It has been estimated that nearly half of all pedestrian collisions involve the use of alcohol. Commercial trucks can be particularly dangerous to pedestrians for many different reasons.
- Commercial trucks have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of pedestrians.
- It can take a commercial truck the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
- Truck drivers are put under an enormous amount of pressure to complete their routes as quickly as possible. Many accidents take place when truck drivers are fatigued.
Truck drivers must go through extensive training and acquire a commercial driver’s license (CDL). CDL holders are held to a high standard in terms of safety and must exercise a great deal of care to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a), drivers must exercise due care to avoid pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. If a driver hits a pedestrian after driving through a yield sign without stopping, this may be considered prima facie evidence of their failure to yield.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, there may be numerous sources of liability for a truck accident. These could include the truck driver, the truck company as well as the owner of the truck. The company that loaded the cargo on a truck could also be held liable for an accident. Overloaded trucks are more difficult to maneuver and could easily contribute to a collision. It is extremely important that there is a thorough investigation following any truck accident.
- Surveillance footage of the accident should be sought.
- Work records from the truck driver involved in the crash should be examined.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
When a truck driver is negligent and kills a pedestrian they can be held accountable through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover some of the unexpected expenses that often come with the sudden and unexpected loss of a loved one. In order to win any civil claim plaintiffs will have to demonstrate negligence. Sadly, though, truck companies will fight hard to deny liability for any collision. A New York wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Tompkins County Box Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the pedestrian killed in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. What was this truck driver doing prior to the accident? Were they distracted? Could this tragedy have been prevented? Far too often expeditious trips are favored in a way that puts pedestrians and the public at risk.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in Tompkins County? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims get the support and information that they need. Whether you just have legal questions or need clarity about a particular collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.