Two men were injured in an accident involving a semi-truck and a car. The early morning incident happened on Interstate 81 North, just past the Chenango Bridge exit.

According to Broome County police, the driver of a southbound tractor-trailer lost control of his vehicle at about 6 a.m., sliding across the median and crashing into a car heading north. The truck flipped on its side. The load of milk the truck had been carrying was spilled on the highway, and the driver was trapped inside. He had to be extricated from the vehicle by responders but was conscious as he was taken to the hospital. The driver of the car was also injured in the semi-truck accident and taken to a hospital for treatment.

The trucking industry is heavily regulated, and drivers must adhere to strict limits concerning hours spent on and off the road. These limits are placed to reduce driver fatigue and the risk of accidents. While available reports did not suggest a cause for the truck driver’s behavior, the cause of the accident may surface when authorities complete their investigation. If the reason for the crash was a failure to adhere to the prescribed limits, the truck driver and the company employing that driver may be deemed negligent.

If that is the case, the injured car driver might consider filing a claim for damages for the expenses incurred related to this accident. He might also seek out the services of an experienced personal injury lawyer to guide him through the process. If the claim is successful, the driver might receive compensation for hospital and treatment costs, for lost income due to missing work and for the pain and anguish experienced as a result of the accident.

Source: WBNG, “Two hospitalized following crash“, Chelsea Bishop, February 25, 2014