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Seven people were killed May 29 in a crash involving a tractor-trailer and a minivan. According to NBC News, the trailer disconnected from the tractor-trailer rig and hit the minivan.
There were eight occupants in the minivan and seven died. Two people in the tractor-trailer were not injured in the crash.
The crash occurred on Route 13 near Truxton, New York.
Tractor-trailers are large trucks with 18 wheels and two components. The tractor is the engine that pulls the trailer; the trailer holds the cargo. A trailer can detach from the tractor for a number of reasons. For example, there may be a problem with the hitch. It could be improperly assembled, the wrong one, worn out, or not designed to pull as much weight as the trailer carries.
Truck accidents in New York can be deadly. Tractor-trailers and other big trucks cause over 500,000 accidents each year, according to the United States Department of Transportation. The high number of fatalities in tractor-trailer accidents can be greatly attributed to the tremendous weight of the rigs. An average car weighs approximately 3,000 pounds, but big-rigs with cargo can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds.
Typically, one or more parties are responsible for tractor-trailer accidents. A New York truck accident lawyer will carefully examine all aspects of the sequence of events leading up to the injury-causing crash. This includes analysis of mechanical factors and road conditions that may have led to the accident. An accident investigation by an auto accident lawyer may also include visits to the accident site, interviews with witnesses and the parties involved in the accident, photos of the accident site and vehicles, and an examination of all police reports prepared after the accident.
The amount of compensation that an injured person or his/her family receives following a semi-truck accident depends on financial losses, medical expenses, pain and suffering, loss of quality of life and other factors.
If you or a loved one are injured or killed as a result of a tractor-trailer accident, it is important to contact an experienced New York truck accident attorney as soon after the accident as possible.
Truck drivers and trucking companies have a responsibility to keep other drivers safe from the dangers of gigantic rigs and their weighty cargo.
Lawyers at The Perecman Firm have more than 30 years of experience helping victims of auto and truck accidents in New York.