A delivery driver lost control of his tandem tractor-trailer on an icy road and smacked head-on into a passenger car.
The wreck took place on Route 13 near the Schuyler-Chemung County line. When first responders arrived at the crash scene, 58-year-old Glenn Marsh, of Odessa, was trapped in his car beneath the other vehicle’s trailer. Mr. Marsh suffered “massive trauma” and was rushed to a nearby hospital, where he died several hours later. The UPS driver, whose name was not released, was not injured in the crash.
Officials in the two counties received reports of 23 other car crashes that morning, most of which were single-vehicle incidents.
Fully-loaded single-trailer trucks can weigh over 80,000 pounds, and double trailer trucks, like the one involved in the above story, are typically much heavier. Given the enormous weight of these vehicles, it is almost impossible for even experienced drivers to handle them in an emergency or adjust to unexpected road conditions.
In addition to vehicle size, truck drivers must often deal with fatigue as well. The truck driver who smashed into Tracy Morgan’s limousine in New Jersey had been awake for 28 consecutive hours, having driven straight from Georgia to the Garden State. Many times, companies still pay drivers by the load and not by the mile, putting pressure on operators to bypass safety regulations and drive as far as possible, as quickly as possible.
Truck crashes nearly always result in serious injuries, including:
- Severe Burns: Diesel fuel burns at a different temperature than gasoline, and trucks carry massive amounts of fuel.
- Head and Neck Injuries: The enormous impact creates forces inside a passenger car that airbags and seatbelts were simply not designed to protect against.
- Broken Bones: Flailing arms often almost literally snap in two, necessitating painful surgery and long-term physical rehabilitation.
Victims are entitled to both economic and noneconomic damages, as well as punitive damages, in some cases.
Large truck collisions are some of the most horrific highway wrecks. For a free consultation with attorneys who make negligent drivers pay, contact Proner & Proner. Our main office is conveniently located across from Grand Central Station.