• July 19, 2017

Steven McGill Hurt in Accident in Liverpool, NY

Liverpool, NY -- A collision between a semi-truck and a motorcycle left 27-year-old Steven McGill with non-life threatening injuries in Liverpool, NY.

The collision happened on Vine Street close to the intersection of Oswego Street around 6:36 p.m. It appears a Wegmans delivery truck was headed south on Vine when it collided with a motorcycle as the light turned green. According to officials, the bike was in front of the truck, however, the truck driver allegedly failed to see it.

Mr. McGill was unable to get free from the bike as it became wedged beneath the truck.

The victim, Mr. McGill, was left with abdominal and leg injuries.

The driver of the truck, 63-year-old John Ries, was charged with following too closely.

The investigation into the incident is currently underway.

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Commentary

This particular case reminds me of one we had with a very similar fact pattern. In that case, an 18-wheeler smashed into a motorcycle when the driver of the truck failed to see the bike. I think it goes without saying that whenever a bike is involve in a collision with a truck, the bike will always be on the losing end.

Now, it would seem pretty obvious the driver of the truck in both instances was at fault. This means the trucking company is sure to stand up and do what's right by the victims, right? Not quite.

In fact, in that case, the trucking company claimed the bike cut in front of the truck, leaving their driver with no time to safely attempt an evasive maneuver, and avoiding a collision. It took an intensive investigation--which involved tracking down witnesses and collecting statements--to show the trucking company was responsible for that victim's damages.

There is no such thing as an open and shut case in truck accidents. We can hope against hope the trucking company will do right by the victim and give them what they deserve. But, hoping they will do what's right is simply not enough.

Victims will need to prove to a jury--against the near limitless resources of the trucking company--they were wronged. While putting up a fight against trucking companies is difficult, it's not impossible.

How do victims convince a jury they were wronged? In a word: evidence.

The only way to guarantee trucking companies don't run the table is to collect the necessary evidence to present before a jury. And the best way to collect this evidence is by way of experienced, professional accident reconstructionists.

Trucking companies will wast no time in getting to the scene of a truck accident. That's why it's imperative victims and their families make the first move.

--Grossman Law Offices

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