A man was killed late las year in a deadly sanitation truck accident in New York City. Now his surviving family members have filed a lawsuit against NYC Department of Sanitization for compensation for their loss. As tragic as this case is, it’s unlikely that they’ll get the total amount. In such cases the city will try to settle out of court. Like insurance companies, the City will look to pay much less on the claim depending on how early the negotiations commence. This allows the City to save legal fees; pay less and the distraught family members get at least some of the compensation they deserve for medical expenses, funeral costs, emotional trauma, and lost financial support much earlier than would have if they went through a long, drawn out lawsuit.
The details of this horrifying garbage truck accident in Brooklyn are shocking. On October 11th at around 7:30 in the morning, 37-year-old Alberto Leal Dolores was walking across Brooklyn Avenue in Crown Heights when a city sanitation truck operated by 33-year-old Aaron Gilchrist made a wrong turn off Eastern Parkway. The truck struck Dolores while he was in a marked crosswalk and while the vehicles was traveling in the wrong direction-two violations in one.
The driver then reversed direction and parked before police arrived in what appeared to be an attempt to cover up what he had done. However, the entire truck accident in Brooklyn was caught on surveillance video. The driver was arrested at the scene.
The surviving family members can look to hold the City responsible for the pain and suffering of their loved one for the time he survived after the accident and most importantly, the amount of money Mr. Dolores would have contributed to his household during the course of his working lifetime.
If you have been injured or have lost a loved one due to a careless motor vehicle operator, you need the help of an experienced truck accident attorney in New York City. Call the Law Offices of Nussin S. Fogel at 800-734-9338 or 212-385-1122 for your free consultation.