Tractor Trailer Accident in New York Results in Fatalities

A truck driver was arrested and charged with causing a double-fatal truck accident on the New York State Thruway west of Rochester. The tractor trailer collided with a car when the driver made an illegal U-turn and then fled the scene, officials said. According to a news report on, the 55-year-old man was charged with two counts of manslaughter and leaving the scene of a fatal crash, which took place early morning on Sept. 4 as a car driving west on the New York State Thruway in Wheatland struck and slid under a tractor-trailer making a U-turn across multiple lanes of traffic.

Two Killed in Crash

The driver of the big-rig completed the U-turn and began heading east. Officials said he pulled off the next exit, drove into the parking lot of a nearby hotel and removed a piece of the debris from under the truck before continuing on his way. The driver of the car was pronounced dead while the seriously injured passenger died at an area hospital hours later.

New York State Police asked the public for help in locating the tractor-trailer following the crash, which took place near milepost 375, between exits 46 and 47. They were able to locate and arrest the truck driver, and he was charged last week after being extradited from New Jersey.

Laws Relating to U-Turns

According to the New York Department of Motor Vehicles, U-turns should not be made on the highway. Drivers can make a U-turn only from the left portion of the lane nearest to the centerline of the roadway and never from the right lane. Unless the signs tell you otherwise, you can make a U-turn when you get permission to proceed by a green arrow left-turn traffic signal, provided it is allowed and you yield to other traffic.

New York laws prohibit motorists from making a U-turn near the top of a hill, a curve or any other location where other drivers cannot see the vehicle from 500 feet away in either direction. U-turns are also illegal in business districts of New York City and where “No U-Turn” signs are posted. You can never make a U-turn on a limited access expressway, even if the paths connect your side of the expressway with the other side. In addition, it is prohibited for a vehicle to make a U-turn in a school zone.

Liability and Compensation

In cases where a truck driver’s negligence (carelessness) or wrongdoing causes an injury or fatal accident, the driver, his or her employer and other potential parties may be held liable for the victims’ losses. An experienced truck accident attorney will be able to help preserve crucial evidence in the case and determine what sources of compensation are available to victims and their families.

Victims who have been injured in truck accidents may be able to seek compensation for damages including, but not limited to, medical expenses, lost income and benefits, hospitalization, rehabilitation, permanent injuries, disabilities, past and future pain and suffering, etc. Families of deceased accident victims may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation for damages such as lost future income, funeral costs, medical expenses, pain and suffering, etc.

Contacting an Experienced Lawyer

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, or if you have lost a loved one in a motor vehicle accident caused by a negligent or careless driver, the experienced New York personal injury attorneys at the Law Offices of Kenneth A. Wilhelm can help you better understand your legal rights and options, and also fight hard to recover just compensation for you.

For over 49 years, our skilled accident attorneys have established a proven track record of helping injured victims. Our law firm recently recovered $5,600,000 for a bicyclist who was hit by a van, and $2,550,000 for another victim of a truck accident, and $3,000,000 for a pedestrian who was hit by a car, and the full $1,000,000 insurance policy for a pedestrian who was hit by a truck, and $4,625,000 for a driver who was in a car and was hit by a van, and $2,500,000 for a man who fell through an improperly secured hole. Also, one of our clients obtained a verdict for $43,940,000 and another of our clients got a verdict for $23,500,000, both in medical malpractice cases.

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