Daniel Hughes Onondaga: Daniel Hughes of Syracuse Killed In Syracuse Tree-Trimming Truck Accident By West Seneca Turnpike Near Lawndale Drive
ONONDAGA, CALIFORNIA (November 9, 2019) – A 35-year-old man identified as Daniel Hughes has tragically died after he was hit by a tree-trimming truck on West Seneca Turnpike near Lawndale Drive.
Onondaga police are saying that the accident took place around 2:18 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation Daniel Hughes was hit by a tree-trimming truck.
The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with authorities. Paramedics were called to the scene in order to help Daniel Hughes.
The victim was rushed to the University Hospital in Syracuse where he had to undergo emergency surgery. Despite lifesaving measures Daniel Hughes died at the hospital on Sunday.
An investigation into the deadly Onondaga tree-trimming truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Onondaga Truck Accidents
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, “there were approximately 120,000 fatal and injury crashes nationwide during the 33-month study period that involved at least one large truck; 141,000 large trucks were involved in those crashes.” There are a number of factors commonly associated with fatal truck accidents including:
- Brake problems
- Prescription drug use
- Traveling too fast for conditions
- Unfamiliarity with roadway
- Roadway problems
- Over-the-counter drug use
- Inadequate surveillance
Fatigue, in particular, is one of the most common causes of fatal truck accidents. Federal regulations require truck drivers to limit the amount of time that they spend on the road per day. In most circumstances their speed is also capped at 55 mph. Exhaustion can set in due to stress from work or poor sleep at night. Fatigue is not just inconvenient for truck drivers it can be extremely dangerous. In fact, it has been estimated by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention that staying awake for 18 hours reduces driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.05.
Truck drivers have a legal obligation to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner according to the prevailing conditions of the road. They must exercise caution in order to avoid hitting pedestrians even when they are outside of lawfully marked crosswalks. Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior companies are generally liable for the negligent actions of their employees. This is true as long as those employees were working within the course of their job responsibilities.
It’s important that evidence is properly collected and preserved after an accident. Most commercial trucks are equipped with event data recorders (EDRs). These devices are similar to the “black boxes” found on most airplanes. They can offer a great deal of insight into what a truck driver was doing immediately before an accident. According to Crash Forensics, “These systems can record vehicle speed, brake usage, vehicle-use histograms, vehicle position history, active and historic diagnostic trouble codes, and more.” Victims of truck accidents are protected by a number of laws.
The family of any victim that died in a collision with a truck may have the ability to seek justice through a civil claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills, funeral expenses and loss of love. Potential claimants in a civil matter may include a victim’s spouse, children parents or siblings. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability for any accident involving their vehicles. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your rights are.
Investigating An Onondaga Truck Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to the family of Daniel Hughes. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to authorities. This was a deeply unfortunate accident that should not have taken place. It is our sincere hope that city officials will consider additional safety measures on this stretch of road to make it safer.
If you or someone that you care about has been involved in a truck accident there are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation to get to the bottom of an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.