A New Jersey dump truck accident took the life of a Florida man and critically injured his wife. The truck accident occurred in Plumsted Township, according to the Ocean County prosecutor. The 81-year-old driver and his 78-year-old wife were traveling west on County Route 537 when they attempted to make a left turn onto County Route 539. Their vehicle was struck by a tri-axle dump truck on the right side.
The collision caused the dump truck, which was loaded with sand at the time, to overturn and land on the vehicle. The driver of the truck, a 49-year-old Pennsylvania man, was not injured. However, the driver of the car was killed instantly and his wife was transported to an area medical center in critical condition.
The driver of the truck cooperated with police in providing blood samples to test for drugs and alcohol. The New Jersey State Police will be investigating the accident and inspecting the truck for clues as to the cause of the crash. There is no word on any pending charges against the truck driver in connection with the fatal crash.
Victims of trucking accidents may be entitled to payment of damages for their injuries. An accident attorney may represent these victims and assist them in recovering sums for pain and suffering, medical bills and also lost wages. When a victim is killed in a trucking accident, the family may wish to file a wrongful death suit. A wrongful death lawsuit may ask for damages such as loss of love and affection of a family member, loss of future income and medical or funeral expenses for the deceased victim.