Pickup Truck Driver Thomas Keele, of Arcade, Killed In Town of Holland Semi-Truck Accident By The Intersection of Vermont Hill Road and Vermont Street
TOWN OF HOLLAND, NEW YORK (June 2, 2022) – A pickup truck driver identified as Thomas Keele died in a Holland semi-truck accident by Vermont Hill Road and Vermont Street.
Erie County officials are saying that the accident took place around 9:00 p.m. on Tuesday. Thomas Keele was in a pickup truck when he was struck by a tractor-trailer truck traveling south that failed to stop at a stop sign.
Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. Thomas Keele was extricated from his vehicle with major injuries.
Sadly, though, he was beyond medical aid and later pronounced dead. No charges against the driver of the tractor trailer truck have been issued as of the day of the collision.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Holland Semi-Truck Accidents
Far too many people are killed or seriously injured in car accidents every year. 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.” The vast majority of truck accidents are preventable and involve some amount of human error. There are a number of steps that truck drivers should take in order to avoid causing collisions.
- Truck drivers should be well-rested before the start of their shift.
- Truck drivers should abstain from alcohol or other potentially intoxicating substances.
- Truck drivers should plan their routes ahead of time.
- Truck drivers should take periodic breaks during their shift.
Fatigue, in particular, is one of the leading causes of truck accidents. Truck drivers are often pushed to complete their routes as quickly as possible. This often leads to lapses in safety protocols. The Centers for Disease Control estimates that staying awake for only 18 hours can reduce a person’s driving capacity equal to driving with a BAC of 0.05%. Staying awake for only 24 hours can reduce a person’s driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.08%.
All truck drivers have a legal responsibility to exercise due care and take measures to avoid causing accidents. Many truck accidents are due to truck drivers that commit traffic infractions. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1172, the driver of any vehicle approaching a yield sign shall stop at a clearly marked yield and only proceed when it is safe to do so. If a driver hits a vehicle after going past a yield sign without yielding, this may be considered prima facie evidence of their failure to yield. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any semi-truck accident.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- A truck driver may need to be tested for drugs or alcohol.
When a truck driver is negligent and kills another driver, they can be held accountable through a civil claim. The family of any person that died may be able to seek some measure of justice through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Sadly, though, truck companies will often fight hard to deny any liability for any collision involving their driver. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Holland Semi-Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Thomas Keele. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. This was a preventable tragedy that should have never taken place.
Do you need more information about a Town of Holland 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 a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.