34-Year-Old Man Injured In Lancaster Mail Truck Accident On Wadden Avenue and Central Avenue
LANCASTER, NEW YORK (February 29, 2020) – A 34-year-old man was seriously injured in a mail truck accident on Wadden Avenue by Central Avenue.
Lancaster police officials are saying that the accident took place around 6:16 a.m. on Friday. For reasons that remain under investigation a mail truck heading east hit the victim as he was attempting to cross the road.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. He was taken to ECMC in order to receive treatment.
Police have interviewed a number of drivers that may have witnessed the crash. An investigation into the Lancaster mail truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
liability In Lancaster Mail Truck Accidents
Truck drivers have a responsibility to exercise due care in order to avoid causing accidents. 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.” There are a number of factors commonly associated with mail truck accidents including:
- Driver intoxication
- Prescription drug use
- Distracted driving
Fatigue, in particular, is a major contributing factor to many truck accidents. According to the Centers For Disease Control and Prevention, staying awake for only 18 hours reduces driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.05% or higher. Many truck drivers report feeling under pressure from work. Drivers can push themselves too hard an get fatigued. Victims of pedestrian accidents tend to suffer very serious injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Spinal cord injuries
- Organ damage
If the at fault driver in the accident was employed by USPS the federal government may face civil liability for the accident. Generally speaking, companies are responsible for the negligent actions of their employees, insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. Any person that is injured in a mail truck accident can receive damages through a bodily injury claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering.
Investigating A Lancaster Mail Truck Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to the victim injured in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. It is our sincere hope that measures are put in place to help make this stretch of road safer. A large number of pedestrian accidents can be prevented when drivers simply slow down and pay better attention to what’s going on around them.