New Jersey Truck Driver Charged After Bellmore Truck Crash That Injured Two Men on Sunrise Highway (Route 27) By Bellmore Avenue
NASSAU COUNTY, NEW YORK (August 28, 2021) – Two men were injured in a tractor-trailer truck accident on Sunrise Highway (Route 27) at Bellmore Avenue.
Nassau County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 10:00 p.m. on Friday. A 59-year-old man was waiting at the intersection to make a left turn when he was rear-ended by a “Shop Rite” semi-truck.
The force of the impact pushed that vehicle into a second vehicle driven by a 56-year-old man. An ambulance took the 59-year-old victim to the Nassau University Medical Center to receive treatment.
The 56-year-old victim suffered back and neck injuries and was treated by his own physicians. Police took the truck driver from New Jersey to the hospital.
He was then charged with two counts of third degree assault, second degree reckless endangerment and reckless driving. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Bellmore Truck Accidents
Over 4,000 people are killed every year in commercial truck accidents in the United States. Tens of thousands more are left with serious injuries. According to one report from the FMCSA, one of the most common causes of truck accidents was a truck driver running out of room in their lane and colliding with the rear of a vehicle. There are many factors that can contribute to rear-end collisions involving semi-trucks.
- A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. It can take the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
- Truck drivers are often forced to work long hours and can easily become fatigued. The CDC estimates that staying awake for 18 hours can reduce a person’s driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.05%.
- Trucks have extremely large blind spots. These blind spots are large enough to make even an SUV disappear.
Truck drivers must get a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. Driving a commercial truck is very different from operating a passenger vehicle. That’s why proper training and certification are so important. There is simply no excuse for the driver of a commercial truck to ever rear-end a vehicle in their own lane. These types of collisions nearly always take place when a truck driver was speeding, distracted or following the lead vehicle too closely. (NY VHL § 1129) There is typically a presumption of negligence on the part of drivers that rear-end other vehicles.
Liability for an accident may extend beyond any truck driver. If a truck driver was working at the time of a collision this could create vicarious liability on the part of the company that they work for. However, many companies will try to evade liability for truck accidents by hiring their truck drivers as “independent contractors.” Generally speaking, companies are not vicariously liable for the negligent actions of their independent contractors – unless those workers were performing non-delegable duties. It is important to determine the status of a truck driver at the time of any collision. Victims of semi-truck accidents tend to suffer very serious and traumatic injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Soft tissue injuries
- Neck injuries
Even after the physical injuries of a truck accident have healed many survivors report long-term psychological injuries. Victims of truck accidents may be able to seek damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. The FMCSA requires most commercial trucks to have between $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know how much financial compensation you may be entitled to.
Investigating A Nassau County, New York Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to the two victims of this accident. This was a totally preventable collision that should not have taken place. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue to investigate.
As truck accident attorneys we remain deeply concerned by the dramatic increase in these types of collisions in New York. The company that owned this particular truck should come forward and accept responsibility for what happened and help the victims. Sadly, this isn’t likely to happen. Far too often truck companies place a higher value on expeditious trips over the safety of everyone else on the road.