A truck carrying heavy equipment struck a bridge over northbound Interstate 81 on Friday, closing both northbound lanes for almost 24 hours according to the New York State Police. It is not known if any injuries happened in the accident between exits 12 and 13.
The heavy equipment on the back of a flatbed truck struck a highway overpass, causing the bridge to be inspected for damage.
The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety reports that more than 500,000 semis and large commercial vehicles were involved in traffic crashes in 2010. Those accidents resulted in injuries to more than 100,000 people and more than 5,000 deaths.
Seeing a copy of the New York accident report is extremely important. Reports are critical to professional investigations and also serve to create peace of mind for the victims and their families. Without an official report, you’ll likely be unaware of several key facts that help to explain how the accident happened, and you’ll also be unable to dispute any inaccuracies the accident report may contain.
3 Facts to remember about New York Accident reports:
If you file an insurance claim or lawsuit, this document will be the first piece of evidence that everyone wants to see.
An New York accident report’s main purpose is to tell what happened: how, where, when, and to whom.
The “how” of an accident report is the officer’s best after-the-fact interpretation of the crash. Sometimes it’s possible to amend disputed facts in a report.
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