Richard Bradwell, of White Plains, Died In Rye Semi-Truck Accident Along Interstate 287
RYE, NEW YORK (January 1, 2022) – A man identified as Richard Bradwell has tragically died in a Rye semi-truck accident on the Interstate 287.
Rye police officials are saying that the accident took place around 4:15 a.m. on December 27. Richard Bradwell was adding coolant to the box truck that he was driving.
A tractor-trailer truck was going eastbound on I-287 and veered off the roadway and hit Richard Bradwell. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.
He was taken to the Greenwich Hospital in Connecticut where he was later pronounced dead. A full investigation into the accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Rye Semi-Truck Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year in semi-truck accidents. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “A total of 4,014 people died in large truck crashes in 2020. Fifteen percent of these deaths were truck occupants, 68 percent were occupants of cars and other passenger vehicles, and 16 percent were pedestrians, bicyclists or motorcyclists.” There are a number of factors that can make trucks particularly dangerous.
- Trucks have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of pedestrians.
- Trucks have a wide turning radius that makes side impact collisions more likely.
- Trucks can weigh 80,000 lbs and can take a long distance to come to a stop.
Semi-truck drivers will typically need to get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1146, all drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians, bicyclists and domestic animals in the roadway. When a truck driver fails to slow down and hits a pedestrian in the roadway, this could form the basis of a negligence claim. Their employer could also potentially face civil liability for a collision. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any semi-truck accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The truck driver’s logbook should be examined.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
The family of any person that is killed in a truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, it is common for truck companies to do everything that they can to avoid liability for any collision. This is why it is so important that all evidence is properly preserved and protected after any collision.
Investigating A Rye Semi-Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Richard Bradwell. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim’s family.
Do you need more information about a Rye semi-truck accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need more information about an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at 800-529-9997.