November 2, 2012
Three motorists were injured as the result of an accident involving a dump truck yesterday morning. The Post Standard reports the crash happened just before 10:30 a.m. at the intersection of Route 20 and Fox Road, just outside Syracuse.
Sgt. John D’Eredita, a spokesperson for the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Department, stated a 21-year-old driver of a Dodge Caravan carrying two other passengers was heading westbound on Route 20. A Kenworth dump truck driven by a 49-year-old resident of Elbridge followed closely behind.
When the minivan slowed to make a left turn, the driver of the dump truck plowed into the rear of the van. The impact of the Syracuse Truck Accident left both the minivan driver an 18-year-old passenger with injuries. Family members later transported the 21-year-old passenger in the backseat of the van to the hospital for examination.
The law states that not only is traffic supposed to stay at least 100 feet behind a dump truck, but dump trucks are supposed to do the same for other traffic to allow time to stop. Failure by a truck driver to do so could be considered negligence in the event of an accident.
The Buffalo Car Accident Attorneys with William Mattar Law Offices have truck accident cases in New York, and our law firm is here to answer any questions you may have regarding an accident with a commercial vehicle.