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Failing to yield to pedestrians causes many urban truck accidents

Many New Jersey pedestrians have stories regarding narrow escapes with vehicles as they crossed the street. It might not have mattered that they were in crosswalks and had the right of way. Some pedestrians do not get the chance to relay a story of a close call because they were killed in car, bus or truck accidents.

One such pedestrian, a 32-year-old man, will not be telling his tale himself. He suffered fatal injuries when a garbage truck struck him. The incident occurred at around 5 a.m. as the man attempted to cross the street in a crosswalk. At the same time, the garbage truck made a left turn into him.

The 44-year-old driver of the truck, which belonged to Suburban Disposal Inc., remained at the scene. Residents in the area of Bayonne where the crash took place woke up to flashing lights, sirens and a grisly scene. One individual reportedly saw the New York City man's body still lying on the street. Other residents reported that speeding and running red lights is a problem in the area where the accident occurred. 

So far, no citations were issued or charges filed against the driver. Even if no official action is taken against the driver, he and his employer could be served with a wrongful death lawsuit filed in a New Jersey civil court by the family of the deceased pedestrian. If the appropriate evidence indicates that the actions of the driver caused or contributed to his death, surviving family members could be awarded damages often seen in car, bus and truck accidents.

Source:, "Man fatally struck by garbage truck in Bayonne ID'd as N.Y. resident", Corey McDonald, Feb. 3, 2017

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