Truck Accident Weekly Roundup: February 1 – February 7

Trucking litigation is very document intensive and governed by hundreds of regulations. Given this, the need for qualified truck accident attorneys to understand all facets of litigation is important. I have handled numerous truck accidents throughout the United States, many of them similar to those noted below. Please feel free to contact me at michael@leizerman.com or call me at 1-800-628-4500.

The New York Post reports that a flatbed truck struck a police officer cruiser from Nassau County while on the Long Island New York Expressway around midnight on February 5. The cruiser was crushed beneath the flatbed truck after being hit from behind. The officer was stuck in the wreckage for approximately 30 minutes. After being freed, he was taken to a Nassau hospital and pronounced dead. The truck driver has been charged with criminally negligent homicide and not moving away from an emergency vehicle.

The Walton Sun reports that a semi-truck carrying fuel caused an accident around 11:45am on Tuesday, February 1 on State Road 20 near Cedar Beach Cove in Freeport, Florida. According to Florida Highway Patrol, a minivan in front of the semi-truck slowed to make a right turn, but the driver of the semi-truck did not properly slow down in time to stop, striking the rear end of the minivan. The driver of the minivan was critically injured in the accident and flown to a hospital. Fuel leaked onto the highway, requiring a hazardous materials cleanup crew for several hours.

Kypost.com reports that a semi truck carrying 250 pounds of diesel fuel lost control on I-275 at Five Mile Road in Anderson Township, Ohio.  On Wednesday, February 2 around 5:45pm., the semi truck struck a guardrail, caught fire and exploded, forcing a nearby minivan to fall off of an overpass. Two people in the van were transported to a hospital where one remains in critical condition.

The Morning Call reports a truck driver was charged with leaving the scene of a fatal accident that occurred on Thursday morning, February 3 at 6:00am in Hatfield Township, Montgomery County, New York. Authorities said that the truck driver had a suspended license when he crashed with a motorcyclist on Route 309 and Sterling Drive. The truck driver covered the deceased motorcyclist with a towel or sheet and then fled the scene. Later that same day, police found the truck along with the driver, who confessed to fleeing.

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