CANASTOTA, N.Y. – A 22-year-old woman was struck and killed by a propane delivery truck Wednesday morning, Sept. 9th, on State Route 5 in Canastota. According to the Madison County Sheriff’s Office, the accident occurred when the victim, Paige Cosimeno of Canastota, was attempting to enter Rt. 5 from Delano Avenue when her vehicle was hit by the propane delivery truck traveling westbound on the highway.
The area between Oxbow Road and Tuttle Road was shut down for over four hours following the accident. The exact cause of the accident is still being investigated.
If you have been injured by a propane delivery truck or another commercial vehicle, the New York accident attorneys at Oresky & Associates are prepared to help. We proudly represent victims throughout the entire New York City area. We have secured millions of dollars in verdicts and settlements for victims and their families. Our skilled and compassionate lawyers work on a contingency fee basis, which means you do not owe us a cent until you collect compensation. Call now at 718-362-3043 or reach out online to schedule a free and confidential consultation.
Dangers of Propane Delivery Truck Accidents
Accidents involving propane delivery trucks can be especially dangerous because of the harmful effects of propane. Some of the main dangers with propane delivery truck accidents include:
- Spills and Leaks – Many tanker truck accidents can lead to leaks or spills, causing burns, toxic fumes, and even lead to a fire or explosion. Victims can get trapped inside their vehicles and may suffer severe burns as the propane escapes the tank. Severe burns can cause disfigurement, muscle damage, infection, and even the loss of limbs. Those in the surrounding area may need to evacuate.
- Explosion – Propane explosions may occur during an accident. A high-velocity crash can throw a spark that could potentially ignite this highly flammable substance. A propane truck explosion can cause catastrophic injuries and severe burns that leave permanent disfigurement and scarring.
- Toxic Fumes – Breathing certain chemicals can cause health issues. Because some chemicals, like propane, are odorless, those at the accident scene may not even realize they are breathing in harmful fumes. Symptoms from toxic fumes may include coughing, swelling in the throat, nausea and vomiting, eye irritation, and even blindness.
- Sloshing – Propane delivery trucks that are not carrying a full-load risk may have a greater chance of being involved accident due caused by sloshing. This is the movement of the propane within the trunk. Sloshing can occur when truck drivers go around corners too quickly or stop suddenly. Whenever the load shifts, the center of gravity of the truck does as well, making it harder for a driver to control the vehicle, leading to a severe accident.
If you have suffered injuries as a result of a delivery truck accident caused by the driver’s or another party’s negligence, New York law permits you to seek damages for medical bills, lost wages, and other damages related to your accident. Call Oresky & Associates now at 718-362-3043 or reach out online to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation.