HORSEHEADS, New York – Around 5:00 p.m. on November 7, 2022, Zegazhab Gerezgier, 29, and Idris Mustapha, 40, were killed after their semi-truck went off the road on I-86 near Route 13 off-ramp.
According to initial reports, first responders arrived at the crash site to find one individual had been ejected and was lying in the “grass line” by the interstate. Another victim remained inside the semi-truck. While one person was pronounced dead at the scene, the other was transported to Arnot Ogden Medical Center, where they were pronounced dead. Authorities have not clarified which victim was dead at the scene.
An investigation into the accident is ongoing. No additional information is currently available.
Further investigation is needed to determine liability in this crash
Given the little information about the accident, we can safely assume the grieving families of these victims have not received all the answers about what happened to cause the crash. Unfortunately, many families go without the information they need for closure after a tragic incident like this, which need not be the case.
While authorities are equipped to investigate the initial crash site, skilled attorneys specialized in handling semi-truck crashes have the tools to perform independent investigations into the accident. Families are likely to get more information about the crash after consulting with a personal injury attorney because attorneys can dig into details about the truck and potentially discover manufacturing defects contributing to the cause of the accident.
Most people assume that single-vehicle accidents are usually the fault of a distracted driver. However, crashes involving only one semi-truck may result from a defective part or a mechanical failure. When independent investigations reveal these defects, victims’ families can seek compensation from manufacturers, repair shops, and commercial trucking companies. These monetary awards can make all the difference for families dealing with the financial burdens associated with an unexpected loss.
Trucking companies must ensure their big rigs are safe to drive and in working order before allowing drivers to travel long distances in the trucks. When a truck suffers a mechanical failure due to a trucking company’s failure to maintain the semi, the company can be held responsible for any resulting damages, including death. Additionally, trucking companies regularly contract with repair shops to perform routine truck maintenance. Repair shops that fail to detect defects or warn the company about the potential danger of operating a certain truck can also be held accountable for injuries.
Likewise, manufacturers tasked with designing and building large trucks must follow strict standards and ensure their vehicles do not increase the risk of injury to truck drivers or others on the road. Suppose an independent investigation finds that a manufacturer cut corners or did not detect a critical error in their product. In that case, a manufacturer may be required to answer to the families of those killed due to negligence.
This is a serious accident that will leave many struggling to find answers in the wake of grief. We offer our deepest condolences to all involved and pray for peace in this time of trial.
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