TRASH TRUCK COMPANY MAY BE LIABLE FOR ACCIDENT
HOWELL, NEW JERSEY (July 28, 2016) – A pedestrian was critically injured outside of the Cherry Tree Plaza Office Park when a garbage truck driver recklessly backed over him and amputated his leg, according to NJ.com.
Facebook users have been able to identify the man that lost his leg in the parking lot as George Miecke. There was an outpouring of sympathy and support for the man.
Rescue workers rushed to the scene of the pedestrian crash and were able to save the man by applying a tourniquet to his leg. George Miecke was taken to the Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune where he remains in serious condition.
Authorities are saying that the owner of the garbage truck is the Central Jersey Waste and Recycling in Ewing Township.
A full investigation into the accident is pending, but there may be liability on the part of the drivers of the trash truck. It is the responsibility of the driver of any vehicle to make sure that their path is clear before they backup. They also need to scan to see if pedestrians might be moving behind the vehicle and make sure that they don’t get hit.
Why didn’t the driver of this truck make sure that there was no pedestrians around before backing up? Why wasn’t there a spotter to assist the garbage truck driver in order to make sure he didn’t hit anything? A man was almost killed and lost his leg. The family is entitled to learn the answers to these questions.
George Miecke appears to have been hit in the middle of the parking lot. How is it that the driver failed to see him?
Backing-up accidents are preventable. And when someone does get run over, it is typically because the driver was not exercising a reasonable standard of care.
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Our staff at the RMFW Law firm were deeply saddened to learn about this tragic trash truck collision in Howell. Our thoughts and prayers are with the family of George Miecke as he begins his journey to recovery. It is absolutely inexcusable that this garbage truck driver didn’t take more time to make sure that his path was clear. If there is anything at all that we can do for the family with questions they may have about their rights, we would be happy to help 212 697 9280.