You’ve probably heard stories about fatal New Jersey garbage truck crashes before—joggers who didn’t hear the truck over their headphones, or children who rode their bikes off the curb and into the path of an oncoming trash truck.
The truth is that while these types of crashes are likely to happen for a number of reasons, the most common cause of a NJ garbage truck accident is driver error. A few recent victims include:
- Drivers – A Vineland man was recently killed when his car collided with a garbage truck head-on. The driver of the garbage truck sustained minor injuries, but was better protected in the impact due to the size of his vehicle.
- Residents – Earlier this year, a garbage truck crashed into a home in East Hanover and sparked a fire. Thankfully, nobody was hurt in the crash, which was allegedly caused by a soda can rolling under the garbage vehicle’s pedals and getting stuck under the truck driver’s feet.
- Pedestrians – Garbage trucks must navigate narrow residential streets to make their rounds, and the tight turns and obstructed views in residential neighborhoods have caused many pedestrian deaths and backover accidents. One victim, a 74-year-old woman in Bergenfield, died after being struck by a garbage truck while walking in a designated crosswalk in August this year.
If someone in your family has been seriously injured by a garbage truck, you are entitled to compensation for your suffering. Morristown car accident attorney Manfred F. Ricciardelli, Jr. can help you get the payment you deserve for your medical bills and lost income. Call (877) 360-0183 today to discuss your legal options in your FREE, one-on-one consultation.