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Rochester Woman Dies After Accident on New York State Thruway

A woman from Rochester was killed and two others were injured in a car accident that occurred June 8 on the New York State Thruway in Lancaster. The 45-year-old woman, a professor at the University of Buffalo School of Nursing, was pronounced dead at the scene.

According to the New York State Police, the accident occurred when a 2016 Freightlifter box truck that was heading west collided with the rear end of a 2009 Honda (being driven by the victim) that was also traveling west. The collision forced the woman’s vehicle to collide with several others on the highway before it finally came to a rest on the side of the road.

Traffic was backed up for miles after the accident as responders cleared the scene. Law enforcement officers continued to investigate the accident in the aftermath.

Determining liability after a car accident

If you’ve sustained injuries or property damage — or if a loved one has died — in a car accident, you must be able to prove the other driver’s negligent actions directly resulted in the injuries or damage in question. This is the process of determining liability for a crash.

Most relevant to this recent case is the fact that all drivers have a responsibility to leave a reasonable distance between their vehicle and others on the road. A driver that rear-ends another vehicle is almost always considered at fault, with a few exceptions.

To learn more about how you should proceed after a serious car accident, contact a skilled personal injury attorney with Jakubowski, Robertson, Maffei, Goldsmith & Tartaglia.