Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Truck Driver Trying to Leave the Scene of a Truck Accident – Ticketed

While helping a stranded motorist at a highway near Syracuse, a state police officer was killed after being hit by a tractor trailer.

According to reports, the accident occurred at around 11 o’clock, early afternoon of November 20. The 53 – year old police officer Todd Young was seen helping a driver in an eastbound lane of Interstate 90. Allegedly, Young was struck by the tractor trailer driven by the 40 – year old Kurt R. Brown from Herkimer, New York.

Brown was working for a towing service in Mattydale, New York and during the truck accident, he was about to load a wrecked vehicle onto his truck according from the investigation. He was employed by Estes Express of Syracuse.

Though the good Samaritan police officer got killed from the said truck accident, Brown was only ticketed for unsafe lane change which led to a fatal accident.

Last year, over 500,000 trucks and other commercial vehicles were involved in vehicle accidents in New York with more than 100,000 people sustained serious personal injuries and more than 5000 people died in truck accidents. This is relatively large numbers compared to only 3200 recorded deaths resulting from truck accidents in 2009.

Apparently, road accidents involving trucks in New York is rapidly increasing. Authorities should implement a strict maximum speed level and other traffic rules and regulations as motorists often disregarded the same probably due to slack surveillance from traffic enforcers.

Serious personal injuries could have been avoided if only motorist and traffic authorities coordinate with each other regarding the traffic rules and regulations. Truck accidents could be more fatal than any other vehicle because of its huge and heavy equipments. Therefore, it should be given with more proper attention by the authorities.