A trailer carrying crushed cars came loose from a truck and struck a minivan, killing seven occupants, including four children, on May 29 in Cortland County in upstate New York.
The Post-Standard of Syracuse quoted investigators as saying that the minivan driver had no chance to avoid the runaway trailer.
The company that owned the rig faced six safety violations in March in connection with an inspection of another truck, the newspaper reported. Two of the violations involved hauling too much weight – more than 2,500 pounds above the limit – a factor that could lead to a trailer unhinging. Regardless of the multiple violations, the company received no fines in March.
The New York State Department of Transportation outlines the following legal gross weights for tractor-trailers as such:
- Maximum load per tire, the lesser of: 800 pounds per inch per width or manufacturer’s tire rating.
- Maximum wheel loading: 11,200 pounds.
- Maximum weight, one axle: 22,400 pounds.
- Maximum weight, any two consecutive axles, less than 8 feet apart: 36,000 pounds.
- Maximum weight on all axles of a single vehicle or combination of vehicles having three axles or more: 80,000 pounds.
The New York City personal injury law firm of David Resnick & Associates, P.C., has successfully obtained compensation for people injured truck accidents.
If a tractor-trailer accident in the New York City area has injured you or caused the death of someone in your family, contact our firm so we can help determine whether you have a case.