In New Jersey and throughout the rest of the country, drivers of large trucks owe a reasonable duty of care to pedestrians and other motorists on the road. Failure to exercise this duty often results in accidents that can cause not just property damage, but also injury and death. A Monday morning collision involving a Mack dump truck claimed the life of a 60-year-old woman from South Brunswick.
Just before 10 a.m. on March 10, a South Brunswick woman driving a 1996 Subaru was making a south left hand turn on Route 1 from Route 522 when the passenger side of her vehicle was struck by a 2005 Mack dump truck heading east on Promenade Boulevard. Investigators said the Mack truck, driven by a 46-year-old man of Hillsborough, was attempting to cross straight over Route 1 onto Route 522 east when the collision occurred. The impact caused both vehicles to slide 75 feet into a traffic light stanchion, which was knocked over. Both vehicles came to rest in Route 522’s eastbound lane. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene. The Mack truck driver was uninjured.
Dump trucks are common on the highways and roadways of New Jersey because they are commonly used by construction companies to haul all sorts of materials such as asphalt and sand to construction projects. Dump trucks are quite heavy especially when fully loaded, and they can weigh as much as 65,000 pounds. Operators of these trucks, like all commercial vehicle drivers, are held to a higher standard than those of non-commercial vehicles.
The surviving family members of the South Brunswick woman may consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit in civil court to obtain compensation for their loss. Such a claim would allow them to seek justice in the form of monetary compensation. The damages recoverable in include funeral and burial expenses, loss of future earnings, and loss of consortium.
In a traffic accident involving a dump truck, there may be more parties liable for the wreck than just the trucker. They can include the contractor, trucking company, truck manufacturer, and others. To succeed in the suit, the plaintiffs must demonstrate that the negligence of the dump truck driver, the trucking company, or any other party caused or at least contributed to the wreck.
Mack dump truck accident cases can be difficult to litigate. This is why it is important for the surviving family to discuss theirs with an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney, who is well-versed in federal and state law, in order to find out if the driver or the trucking company violated any laws and regulations.