Catherine Nicholson Andover Township: Catherine Nicholson Injured In Andover Township Dump Truck Accident on Limecrest Road By Old Creamery Road
ANDOVER TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY (December 4, 2019) – A 43-year-old woman identified as Catherine Nicholson was one of three people injured in a dump truck accident that took place near the intersection of Limecrest Road By Old Creamery Road.
New Jersey State Police are saying that the accident occurred around 12:40 p.m. For reasons that remain under investigation the dump truck’s elevated bed hit power lines and caused it to veer into the opposing lanes of traffic.
The dump truck then hit a Volvo sedan driven by Catherine Nicholson. A passenger in the Volvo had to be airlifted to the Morristown Medical Center.
Catherine Nicholson was taken to the Newtown Medical Center in order to receive treatment. The driver of the New York Stone dump truck also had to be airlifted to the Morristown Medical Center.
An image of the accident scene showed the dump truck with its bed intertwined with power lines. the Volvo had major front end damage.
An investigation into the Andover Township dump truck accident that injured Catherine Nicholson remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Andover Township Dump Truck Accidents
Dump truck operators have a legal responsibility to operate their vehicles in a reasonably safe manner. This includes taking measures to make sure that the bed of their dump truck is properly lowered. Accidents involving dump trucks hitting objects with their raised beds may seem like a freak occurrence, but these events are actually somewhat common. These dump trucks tend to hit either power lines or overhead signs. If a dump truck driver fails to properly lower their bed and this causes an accident the company that they work for could face civil liability.
Under the legal doctrine of respondeat superior companies are generally responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. Liability for dump truck accidents may extend beyond the driver of the dump truck. For example, dump trucks beds are raised and lowered through a hydraulic lift. These lifts sometimes malfunction causing dump truck beds to raise inadvertently. The manufacturers of dump trucks or their component parts could be held liable through a product liability claim. There are three broad categories product liability claims will typically cover:
- Design defects
- Manufacturing defects
- Marketing defects
Victims of dump truck accidents often suffer very serious and costly injuries including broken bones, head trauma, spinal cord injuries and wrongful death. FMCSA guidelines require truck companies to carry between $750,000 – $5,000,0000 worth of liability coverage depending on the material being transported. Victims of dump truck accidents can seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A dump truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Getting Help After An Andover Township Dump Truck Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to Catherine Nicholson and her passenger as they continue to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to the police as they investigate. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. Why was the dump truck’s bed raised? How did it get like this?
If you or someone that you love has been injured in a dump truck accident you may have legal recourse. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We are committed to making sure that accident victims get the medical and financial support that they deserve. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free, independent investigation into a dump truck accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.