ROCHESTER, N.Y. – A tragic Seneca County truck crash is under investigation after one person was killed and two others were hospitalized.
The Seneca County Sheriff’s Office said the truck accident happened on West River Road near Knauss Road. According to NYup.com, a 1994 GMC big rig was pulling out of a bean field onto West River Road, causing a 2009 Dodge Caliber to crash into it.
Floyd Jones, 87, Catherine Olmstead, 55, and Samuel Santiago, 33, were in the Dodge as the crash occurred, NYup.com reported.
The driver, Floyd Jones, and backseat passenger, Samuel Santiago, were both taken to Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester to be treated for their injuries. Tragically, Catherine Olmstead was killed on impact.
Floyd Jones, Catherine Olmstead and Samuel Santiago all resided in Seneca Falls.
A Rochester truck accident lawyer said there are many factors that need to be analyzed in every truck crash and a legal investigation should be conducted to make sure every piece of evidence is collected.
- This evidence can include:
- Truck maintenance records
- Driving records/accident records
- Possible dashcam video or recording devices from the truck
- Driver’s cell phone records
- Truck driver rest logs (fatigue)
In addition to investigating the truck driver and truck maintenance, an intensive legal investigation will also look into the potential dangers of West River Road itself. There are many factors that could warn drivers of potential hazards on the road, including trucks entering the highway. An experienced truck crash lawyer knows how valuable this evidence can be, including:
- Warning signs (trucks entering highway)
- Proper lighting
- Road striping
- Potential need for traffic signals/stop signs
Victims of truck crashes can often receive significant compensation for their injuries but when a person is killed by a negligent truck driver, their families often need knowledgeable and persistent representation to help them get the best result possible.