New York State Police Investigating Town of Gouverneur Truck Accident Along US Highway 11
TOWN OF GOUVERNEUR, NEW YORK (January 17, 2023) – Two people have tragically died in a Town of Gouverneur semi-truck accident on US Highway 11.
New York State Police are saying that the incident took place around 8:15 a.m. on Friday. The driver of a tractor-trailer truck sideswiped a Chevrolet pickup truck before striking a Toyota Rav4 head-on.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. Sadly, two people were pronounced dead at the scene.
A full investigation remains ongoing at this time.
Liability For Town of Gouverneur Semi-Truck Accidents
There are many factors that could contribute to car accidents. According to the FMCSA, “Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall. Although their presence does not always result in a crash, these three factors, as well as other driver, vehicle, and environmental factors, can increase the risk that a crash will occur.” There are a number of measures that semi-truck drivers should take in order to avoid collisions.
- Semi-truck drivers should be well rested before the start of their shift.
- Semi-truck drivers should abstain from alcohol and other intoxicating substances.
- Semi-truck drivers should have their vehicles periodically inspected and well maintained.
All truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver that leaves their designated lane of travel and hits another vehicle head-on. Any person that is injured in a car accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. It is important that evidence is properly preserved after any truck accident.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- The truck driver’s logbook should be reviewed.
It can be hard to know what to do after any truck accident. To make matters worse, truck companies will often do everything that they can in order to avoid liability for any collision. This is why it is so important that evidence is properly preserved. The family of any person that died in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a civil claim.
Investigating New York Semi-Truck Accidents
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the two people killed in this collision. 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 Gouverneur semi-truck accident? Our team of roadway 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. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.