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Richard Fiori Killed In Buffalo Tow Truck Accident While Riding Motorcycle on Niagara Falls Boulevard

Motorcyclist Richard Fiori Died In Buffalo Motorcycle Accident With Tow Truck on Niagara Falls Boulevard Between 70th Street and 72nd Street

Richard Fiori Killed In Buffalo Tow Truck Accident While Riding Motorcycle on Niagara Falls Boulevard

BUFFALO, NEW YORK (April 30, 20220) – A motorcyclist identified as Richard Fiori died in a Buffalo tow truck accident on Niagara Falls Boulevard.

Erie County police officers are saying that the accident took place around 6:00 p.m. on Sunday. Richard Fiori was riding a motorcycle when a red tow truck made a u-turn directly in front of him.

The motorcyclist was unable to avoid the collision and ejected in the crash. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help the victim.

Sadly, Richard Fiori died due to the severity of his injuries. It remains unclear if the driver of the tow truck will receive any citations for the crash.

A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.

Liability In Buffalo Tow Truck Accidents

Motorcyclists are much more vulnerable in car accidents. They lack the protection of enclosed vehicles and are much more likely to be overlooked due to their small profile. According to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2019 alone 5,014 people were killed in motorcycle collisions. Per vehicle miles traveled, motorcycle riders were 29 times more likely than passenger vehicle occupants to be seriously injured. There are a number of common causes of motorcycle collisions.

  • Many motorcycle accidents are due to drivers that make dangerous turns in the roadway.
  • Many motorcycle collisions are due to drivers that make dangerous lane changes.
  • Many motorcycle accidents are due to drivers that are distracted or fatigued.

Tow truck drivers will typically need to get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. A large number of tow truck collisions involve drivers that make dangerous turns in the roadway without checking their blind spots. 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.” If a driver makes a U-turn into the path of another vehicle, they will typically be held liable in the event of a crash.

If a tow truck driver was working at the time of a collision, the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, corporations are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. For example, a tow truck driver may have been transporting a vehicle at the time of a collision. It is crucial that evidence is properly preserved after any collision.

The scene of an accident can paint a picture of what happened even in the total absence of video footage. This is also true for the injuries that a person suffers in a crash. Still, it is important to seek out surveillance footage if it is available. Most intersections are covered by traffic cameras. But many are not. Depending on the location of an accident, it is also possible that it was captured by a video doorbell. Sadly, though, tow truck companies will try their best to evade liability for any collision.

  • Tow truck companies may try to blame the victim.
  • Tow truck companies may try to argue that the victim was partially responsible for the accident.
  • Tow truck companies may try to blame other drivers for the crash.
  • Tow truck companies may try to downplay the significance of a families loss.

The family of any victim that died in a tow truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral expenses. It is extremely important that evidence is properly preserved after any accident. Evidence is what will ultimately be used to determine liability. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Buffalo Tow Truck Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Richard Fiori. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable collision that should have never taken place. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all who have lost so much.

Do you need more information about a Buffalo tow truck accident? Our team of motorcycle 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 a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you.  You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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