Christopher Purks and Richard Beck Injured In Dump Truck Accident In Egg Harbor City, New Jersey Along White Horse Pike By The Intersection of Bremen Avenue and Antwerp Avenue
EGG HARBOR CITY, NEW JERSEY (November 22, 2021) – Two people identified as Christopher Purks and Richard Beck were injured in an accident with an out-of-control dump truck by Bremen Avenue and Antwerp Avenue.
Atlantic County police officials are saying that the collision took place on White Horse Pike around 7:43 a.m. on Monday, November 21. An out-of-control dump truck collided with the rear of a Honda sedan driven by Christopher Purks.
The force of the impact pushed the Honda off of the road and sent the dump truck through a field before it hit a house. Richard Beck was home at the time of the collision and was reportedly injured.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help both of the victims. The extent of the injuries suffered by Christopher Purks and Richard Beck remains unknown.
A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In Egg Harbor City Dump Truck Accidents
Dump trucks have become more common given the sharp rise of new projects in the construction industry. According to Engineering News-Record, “Serious accidents involving dump trucks and ready-mix concrete delivery trucks continue to edge up, part of a persistent, multi-industry problem with poor driving habits that has not yet responded to increased fleet and vehicle insurance premiums.” There are a number of factors that can make dump trucks especially dangerous to pedestrians and those in passenger vehicles.
- Weight: A fully loaded dump truck can weigh as much as 30,000 lbs. This can make even a low impact collision potentially lethal.
- Stopping Distance: Due to their weight, it can take a long time for a dump truck to come to a stop.
- Blind Spots: Dump trucks have large blind spots all around the side of the vehicle.
Dump trucks are difficult vehicles to drive and their operators must obtain a commercial driver’s license (CDL). CDL holders must undergo special training and must operate their vehicle with the utmost caution in order to avoid causing accidents. Drivers that rear-end other vehicles will nearly always be held at fault in the event of a collision. According to New Jersey Vehicle Code 39:4-89, the driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than would be reasonable and safe given the prevailing conditions of the road. Rear-end collisions are nearly always due to drivers that are distracted, speeding or following the lead vehicle too closely.
Depending on the specific facts of any case, liability could extend beyond any driver. For example, the company responsible for maintaining a dump truck could be liable for a collision if they failed to properly maintain a vehicle. All parts of a dump truck including the engine and brakes must be maintained in order for the driver to be able to operate the vehicle safely. But companies will sometimes cut back on required maintenance in order to save money. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any dump truck collision.
- Victims should seek medical treatment as soon as possible. If a person fails to seek medical treatment early on, insurance companies will often argue that they were not seriously injured.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
- Photos of the accident site should be taken.
- Work records of any dump truck driver involved in a crash should be examined.
Victims of dump truck collisions tend to suffer very serious injuries. Many of those injuries may not be immediately apparent. This is why it’s so important to continue to seek follow up care. Any person that is injured in a dump truck collision 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. A New Jersey dump truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating An Egg Harbor City Dump Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Christopher Purks and Richard Beck as they continue to recover. There needs to be some accountability for what happened. It’s incredibly fortunate that no one was killed in this collision.
This accident also raises a number of safety concerns? Why did the driver of this dump truck lose control of their vehicle? Were they speeding? Was this dump truck being well-maintained? Far too often, dump truck companies cut costs in ways that compromise safety and put the public needlessly at risk.