Clarence G. Travis Schuyler Lake: Clarence Travis Killed In Schuyler Lake Semi-Truck Accident Along Road 22 In Exeter
EXETER, CALIFORNIA (April 1, 2020) – A pedestrian identified as Clarence Travis has tragically died in a semi-truck accident along Road 22 In Schuyler Lake.
New York Highway Patrol are saying that the collision occurred around 2:00 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation a tractor-trailer carrying a dump trailer collided with Clarence Travis.
The force of the impact knocked the victim to the ground causing severe injuries. Paramedics were called to the scene and took Clarence Travis to the St. Elizabeth Medical Center in Utica.
Despite life-saving measures Clarence Travis later died due to his injuries. An investigation into the crash remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Exeter Semi-Truck Accidents
Nearly 5,000 people are killed in semi-truck accidents every year in the United States. Commercial trucks are especially dangerous due to their large size and large blind spots. According to the FMCSA, “Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall. Although their presence does not always result in a crash, these three factors, as well as other driver, vehicle, and environmental factors, can increase the risk that a crash will occur.” There are a number of other factors that commonly contribute to truck accidents including:
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Required to stop before crash (traffic control device, crosswalk)
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Fatigue, in particular, is one of the leading causes of semi-truck accidents. Truck drivers are required to drive no more than 14 hours in a single day. But these rules are not always followed. There is nothing stopping a truck driver from having a part time job that takes up their time. It’s important that evidence is properly collected and preserved after an accident. Most commercial trucks are equipped with event data recorders. These can help uncover what may have contributed to an accident.
All truck drivers are expected to exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to New York Vehicle Code 1146, “Notwithstanding the provisions of any other law to the contrary, every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicyclist, pedestrian, or domestic animal upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.” Victims of truck accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and pain and suffering. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with being able to file a claim. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Exeter Semi-Truck Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extent our deepest condolences to the family of Clarence Travis. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue to investigate. Pedestrian accidents are largely preventable when drivers simply slow down.