December 20, 2010 – New York, NY – As reported on NBCNewyork.com, there was an 8 vehicle accident on the George Washington Bridge early on Dec. 13 that caused gridlock for several hours. The multi-vehicle accident occurred in the early morning hours on the upper level of the bridge, shutting down the lanes coming into Manhattan. According to a spokesman from the New York Port Authority, the crash involved 7 tractor trailers and one passenger car. The truck accident happened at about 3:15 a.m., and there was one minor injury reported. Before reopening the upper level of the bridge, which took nearly 4 hours, city workers had to clean up fuel and antifreeze from the deck. The cause of the New York truck accident is currently under investigation.
A New York accident involving a semi truck or tractor trailer has the chance to cause serious or even fatal injuries. Because of the size of the vehicles, there is great potential for severe damage in the event of such a crash. When looking at liability in a vehicle accident involving a large, commercial truck, an attorney may examine the trucking company’s records, as well as those of the truck driver involved. It is important to verify that the truck driver and trucking company involved were adhering to proper safety protocol as mandated by federal trucking regulations. According to statistics from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, in 2009, there were 1,156 fatalities as a result of traffic accidents in the state of New York.
To help raise awareness of traffic safety in the New York area, our firm will frequently publish blogs about traffic accidents that occur throughout the 5 boroughs and beyond. We do this to raise awareness about the common types of motor vehicle accidents that occur in New York that may result in serious injury or traffic fatalities.
Among the most common types of car accidents in New York are:
- accidents caused by hazardous road conditions;
- single-vehicle crashes;
- rollover accidents; and
- “distracted driver” accidents or crashes caused by intoxicated drivers.
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