KENT, N.Y. – An early morning crash on Interstate 84 killed one driver, and kept the busy eastbound lanes closed for nearly 12-hours. New York State Police said Thomas Cipolla, 52, of Beacon was killed in a crash with a tractor-trailer.
According to State Police, Thomas Cipolla was heading eastbound on I-84 behind a tractor-trailer hauling watermelons. For unknown reasons, the truck struck a guardrail and overturned on the highway. Police said Thomas Cipolla hit the underside of the tractor-trailer, causing both vehicles to catch fire.
The truck driver, identified as Sergio Khundiashvili, 36, of Brooklyn, teamed-up with a passerby and attempted to rescue Thomas Cipolla from his car. However, Mr. Cipolla was pronounced dead at Putnam Hospital Center in Carmel.
Since 2011, fatal truck crashes have spiked 16-percent, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. In 2016, there were over 2,600 deadly truck crashes.
New York truck accident lawyers say many truck crashes can be blamed on inattentiveness. Particularly in the early morning hours, drowsy driving is a serious problem on America’s highways. According to AAA, drowsy driving is a factor in over 300,000 crashes each year. However, there are many other factors that need to be investigated when a collision involves a large truck.
A thorough legal investigation will look at many of these potential factors, including:
- Truck maintenance records
- Truck driver safety records
- How long the driver was on the road
- Overall road safety
- Surveillance video
- Traffic signals
- Dashcam video from the truck itself or other drivers in the area
- Road striping
- And More
In many cases, truck accident victims and their families choose to file personal injury claims to get compensation for their injury or loss of a loved one. When an experienced NY truck accident lawyer gets involved, families have a higher chance of recovering compensation that can help pay for:
- Expenses from hospitalization
- Medical treatments
- Loss of financial support from the victim
- Pain and suffering
- And More…
A successful truck accident claim can also help make meaningful changes in our communities that can improve the safety for others sharing the roadways with big trucks in Kent, Beacon, and on interstate highways across the nation. The goal is to make sure that accidents like the one that killed Thomas Cipolla can be avoided in the future.
If you or a loved one have been hurt in any type of truck accident, you may want to contact an experienced New York truck accident attorney to help you get the best result possible.
If you decide to contact our team, we’ll put our best truck accident attorneys on your case. For a free consultation, call us at (800) 888-8888.