Lima, New York – A man lost his life after colliding with a semi truck’s trailer that detached from its truck and rolled into the road.
Lloyd Kelly and three passengers were traveling westbound on East Main Street in Lima when a trailer detached from a semi-truck leaving a business parking lot partially obstructed their westbound lane, leading to a collision between Mr. Kelly’s vehicle and the semi-truck.
Emergency personnel transported all occupants to the hospital. Lloyd Kelly succumbed to his injuries, while the three passengers sustained injuries with no update on their condition.
Police issued multiple citations to the semi-truck driver in relation to the incident.
Thoughts on Detached Trailer Crashes
No one expects to drive down the road and find a detached trailer obstructing traffic. Truckers and trucking companies are responsible for preventing these catastrophic accidents from happening. They are responsible for ensuring their trailer is securely fastened, and we know that trailers do not detach unless someone messes up. The driver and their employer should be held accountable for their actions based on the facts determined in the investigation.
A trailer can become detached for various reasons. This is why it’s important for trained professionals to investigate the accident and determine what happened. Was the driver speeding? Did they make a sudden turn? Was the truck loaded properly? Did it exceed weight limits? Did the driver check his truck before leaving the parking lot to ensure the trailer was secured safely? Did the trucking company inspect and maintain the truck regularly to make sure it was in optimal working condition? Answers to these questions will determine the parties liable for this preventable accident and ensure they are held responsible for their wrongdoing.
I hope the family of Mr. Kelly and the other victims in this accident receive justice and the answers they so desperately need at this time.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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