Investigators Still Working To Determine Cause of Fatal Accident
July 30th, 2012|
July 30, 2012
Investigators are still working to find the cause of a tractor-trailer accident in a construction zone that claimed the lives of six individuals. According to an article released by The Washington Post, the crash happened on July 20 at around 9 a.m. on Route 11.
Police say that several vehicles were lined up at a site where the road was being repaved. A Department of Transportation investigation determined that signage warning of the possible delays had been placed along the highway according to procedure; however, a trucker failed to recognize the construction traffic and plowed into the rear-end of an SUV, setting off a chain reaction crash involving five other vehicles.
Investigators say that skid marks show the truck driver attempted to stop the vehicle before the Fort Drum Truck Accident. Drugs and alcohol do not seem to be factors in the crash, and a review of cellphone records show no evidence of distracted driving.
However, the truck’s leasing company has a history of accidents and failed vehicular and driver inspections. Their trucks are listed as having been involved in 75 accidents in the last two years, one of which was fatal. Failed inspections took 11 percent of the company’s fleet off the road.
The Buffalo Auto Accident Lawyers with the William Mattar Law Offices suggest contacting an attorney if you have been hurt in an accident involving a tractor-trailer that was no fault of your own.