Renee Morris Castille: Renee Morris of Portageville Killed In Castile Semi-Truck Accident On Route 39 By East Lake Road In Wyoming County –> Support The Family Through Go Fund Me
WYOMING COUNTY, NEW YORK (February 26, 2020) – A 38-year-old woman identified as Renee Morris has tragically died in a Town of Castile semi-truck accident that took place on Route 38 at the intersection of East Lake Road.
New York Highway Patrol officials are saying that the accident occurred on Wednesday. Renee Morris was traveling on Route 39 in her car with her two children in the back seat.
A Western Express semi-truck appears to have been making a left turn from East Lake Route onto Route 39. Renee Morris was unable to avoid the accident and collided with the semi-truck
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. Despite life-saving measures the 38-year-old woman died due to her injuries.
Her 10-year-old son was taken by a Castile Ambulance to Wyoming County Community Health System in Warsaw. He was later transferred to the Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester and later released.
The victim’s 11-year-old son was taken by a Perry Ambulance also to the Strong Memorial Hospital. The semi-truck driver involved in the accident was cited for failure to yield at a stop sign.
Police believe that dense fog in the area may have been a contributing factor in the crash. You can help support the family though this Go Fund Me page.
Liability In Wyoming County Semi-Truck Accidents
There are a number of factors that may contribute to a semi-truck accident. “Elements that influence the occurrence of a crash may take place hours, days, or months before the crash. They include driver training and experience, vehicle design and manufacture, highway condition and traffic signaling, and weather conditions. Other elements may take place immediately before a crash, such as a decision to turn in traffic, a tire blowout, or snow. ” Some of these factors may include:
- Driver fatigue
- Prescription drug use
- Dangerous left turns
- Inclement weather
All drivers must operate their vehicles at a reasonably safe speed according to the prevailing conditions of the road. If there is reduced visibility due to fog drivers must take extra precautions before turning and slow down accordingly. There is simply no reason that a truck driver should ever make a turn into oncoming traffic. In addition to keeping weather in mind, truck drivers should also be cognizant of the fact that their trucks have large blind spots.
Truck drivers have a legal responsibility to exercise due care and take measures to avoid causing accidents. This is particularly true with respect to left turn accidents. Drivers that turn left without having the right of way will typically be held at fault for an accident. According to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law (Sec. 1411), “The driver of a vehicle intending to turn to the left within an intersection or into an alley, private road, or driveway shall yield the right of way to any vehicle approaching from the opposite direction which is within the intersection or so close as to constitute an immediate hazard.” It’s important that evidence is properly preserved and collected after an accident.
The company that employed a truck driver that caused an accident may face liability. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. The family of any victim that died in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover medical bills, lost wages, funeral costs and loss of love. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight hard to deny liability for a truck accident. A truck accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve about what went wrong.
Investigating A Wyoming County Truck accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to the family of Renee Morris. It is our sincere hope that her two sons involved in the accident will make a full recovery. We strongly encourage everyone that can to donate to the Go Fund Me page set up for the family. This was a horrific and preventable tragedy that should not have taken place. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the Wyoming County Police Department. There needs to be some accountability for the company that owned this truck. They should be falling over themselves apologizing for what happened. City officials should also consider safety measures that could be put in place to help make this intersection safer. No family should ever have to go through something like this.