William Kovacs Hamilton Township: William Kovacs of Mays Landing Injured In Hamilton Dump Truck Accident By Black Horse Pike and Weymouth Road
HAMILTON TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY (December 28, 2019) – A 60-year-old man from Mays Landing identified as William Kovacs was injured in a dump truck accident after the truck driver ran a red light by the intersection of Black Horse Pike and Weymouth Road.
New Jersey State Police are saying that the accident took place around 1:13 p.m. on Thursday. For reasons that remain under investigation a dump truck driver ran a red light while trying to avoid a collision before hitting a 2003 Honda Accord driven by William Kovacs.
The dump truck overturned at the intersection and landed on top of the victim’s car. Paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the driver.
William Kovacs had to be airlifted to the AtlantiCare Regional Medical Center. An investigation into the cause of the dump truck accident by Black Horse Pike and Weymouth Road remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Hamilton Dump Truck Accidents
Accidents involving commercial dump trucks have unfortunately been on the rise in recent years. According to the Engineering News Record, “Dump truck accidents severe enough that the vehicle had to be towed away rose 9%, hitting 8,206 in 2016, the latest year statistics are available. The number of dump truck accidents (which includes many non-construction-related uses) involving injuries rose 2.7%, to 5,483, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA).” This has been part of a multi-industry problem brought about by poor driving habits and a variety of other factors including:
- Brake problems
- Prescription drug use
- Driver fatigue
- Roadway problems
- Inadequate surveillance
Speeding, in particular, is one of the most common causes of truck accidents. Commercial truck drivers are put under a lot of pressure to complete their routes on time. They occasionally speed and may even run red lights. In fact, nearly 10% of all truck drivers involved in accidents reported feeling under pressure from work. Regardless of circumstances, truck drivers must obey the rules of the road and travel according to the prevailing conditions.
Under New Jersey Vehicle Code 39:4-105. it is against the law for a non-emergency vehicle to run a red light. If a dump truck driver was working at the time of an accident the company that they work for may face civil liability for the accident. Generally speaking, companies are responsible for the negligent conduct of their employees – insofar as those employees are working within the course and scope of their job duties. Victims of commercial truck accidents often suffer very serious and costly injuries including:
- Broken bones
- Head trauma
- Organ damage
Any person that is injured in a dump truck accident may be able to seek justice through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. It’s important that evidence and eye witness testimony is properly preserved and collected after an accident. Unfortunately, truck companies will often fight vigorously to deny any responsibility for an accident. A truck accident attorney can investigate all of the facts of your case free of cost and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A Hamilton Township Dump Truck Accident
We at Pulvers, Pulvers & Thompson extend our thoughts and prayers to William Kovacs and his family as he continues to recover. Any person that may have seen what happened should reach out to police as they continue their investigation. This was a preventable tragedy that should not have taken place. The dump truck driver and the company that they work for should be held to account for what happened. It is our sincere hope that measures will be put in place to prevent similar accidents.
If you or someone that you care about 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 are aware of their rights so that they can make informed decisions. Whether you just have questions about the law or need a free investigation to get to the bottom of what caused an accident we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at 212-471-5106.