This particular truck accident was logged in as one of the worst anyone had even seen. What happened? A semi careened into a line of stopped traffic, killing five and injuring at least 10 others, some very severely reported the observer.
The most shocking aspect of this story is that the driver of the big rig did not even pause or give any signs of slowing down, even with a line of stopped cars in front of him. The cars were stopped at the site of a previous accident to allow EMS crews to do their work.
When the semi hit the end of the line, the whole line bunched up like an accordion, leaving death and destruction in its wake. The police report indicated that there were no skid marks involved in this truck wreck and that the truck was doing 70 mph when it hit the last car in the line, said the police. According to witnesses, the trucker was driving erratically just prior to being involved in the accident.
The horrendous thing about this accident is that given the speed that the truck was traveling, when he hit the first car, the whole line kept on moving forward, until the truck crashed into a guardrail. Troopers on scene found falsified driving logs and medical records. The trucker said he had just taken blood pressure medication prior to the wreck and used both hands to drink from a water jug.
The trucking company the trucker worked for had been previously handed several violations for several things, in addition to two speeding tickets. No doubt the trial in this case would be a long one. Typically, the criminal charges are dealt with before anyone with wrongful death action is able to file their case commented the source. This is also the procedure in Nassau and Suffolk Counties where these accidents are common.
While no one would want to be in carnage like this, accidents do happen. When they do, make your first call to a seasoned New York Truck Accident Attorney. Time is of the essence in cases like this and in order to preserve evidence, your New York Truck Accident Attorney needs to get on it right away.