Trucks are massive not only in size but also in weight, especially commercial trucks that carry heavy loads all across New Jersey. When a truck is involved in a collision, it is likely that the occupants of a smaller vehicle will get hurt. Losing a loved one in an avoidable truck accident can be a devastating experience.
In Plumsted Township, for instance, a truck accident claimed the life of an 81-year-old husband. The accident occurred when the elderly man, driving his vehicle, tried to turn left and a dump truck struck the car. After the collision, the dump truck, which was loaded with sand, overturned and landed on top of the elderly man’s vehicle.
The accident caused the death of the elderly man. The man’s 78-year-old wife, who was a passenger at the time of the crash, was taken to the hospital in critical condition. The 49-year-old truck driver did not sustain any injuries. There were no charges cited for the truck driver at the time and the accident is still under investigation.
Losing a loved one in an accident like this takes an emotional toll on a family. Additionally, a truck accident can be can devastate the finances of the victim and the victim’s family. Funeral expenses and lost opportunities can add up to painful financial realities that result from a truck accident.
The emotional trauma that a family has to endure if another driver has been negligent can be overwhelming and no amount of compensation can make up for the loss. However, a family may file a wrongful death lawsuit to claim compensation for their loss. In such claims, the negligence of the responsible person will need to be established. The family of the victim may wish to seek help from a legal professional to justify their cause of action in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Source: FOX 4, “Fort Myers man killed in New Jersey crash,” May 23, 2013