Town Of Berlin Dump Truck Accident:51-Year-Old Man Killed In Berlin Dump Truck Accident On Route 22 By Dale Road
TOWN OF BERLIN, NEW YORK (December 30, 2019) – A 51-year-old man has tragically died in a dump truck accident on Route 22 not far from Dale Road.
New York Police Department officials are saying that the accident took place around 10:00 a.m. on Monday. For reasons that remain under investigation a dump truck struck the pedestrian who was traveling the same direction as the dump truck.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim. Despite life-saving measures the man later died due to his injuries.
The roadways were wet at the time of the collisions but weather does not appear to have been a factor in the crash. An investigation into the Berlin dump truck accident remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Berlin Dump Truck Accidents
Dump truck accidents are often lethal because of the sheer weight and size of these vehicles. Unfortunately, accidents involving dump trucks continue to become more common for a variety of reasons. According to the Engineering News Record, Serious accidents involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks continue to edge up, part of a persistent, multi-industry problem with poor driving habits that has not yet responded to increased fleet and vehicle insurance premiums. Federal regulators and industry safety experts have sought to cut the accidents by limiting driver fatigue and using technology to keep a closer tab on what happens on the road.”
All dump truck drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid hitting pedestrians. According to NYS Vehicle and Traffic Law (VTL), §1146, “every driver of a vehicle shall exercise due care to avoid colliding with any bicyclist, pedestrian, or domestic animal upon any roadway and shall give warning by sounding the horn when necessary.” Failure to follow this statute may result in “a fine of not more than five hundred dollars or by imprisonment for not more than fifteen days or by both such fine and imprisonment.” One of the major issues with commercial dump trucks is that they tend to have very large blind spots.
If a dump truck driver is negligent and hits a pedestrian the company that they work for will typically be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Commercial drivers are held to a very high standard in terms of safety. Even if a pedestrian is outside of a lawfully marked crosswalk drivers must exercise caution in order to avoid hitting them. Accident reconstruction can help piece together what caused an accident even in the absence of eye-witness testimony.
The family of any victim that died in a dump truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. Potential beneficiaries in a civil claim may include the victim’s spouse, children, parents and siblings. Unfortunately, dump truck companies will often fight vigorously to deny liability for accidents. A dump truck accident attorney can investigate your case free of cost and get you the answers that you deserve about how an accident took place and what your rights are.
Investigating A Berlin Dump Truck Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victim that died in this accident. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. These types of accidents are typically highly preventable. As personal injury attorneys and consumer safety advocates it is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to help prevent additional incidents. No family should ever have to suffer through something like this.