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Debra Clegg, Rhys Thomas Killed In Poughkeepsie Garbage Truck Accident By Stanley Street and Mary Avenue

Debra Clegg, Rhys Thomas Died In Poughkeepsie Trash Truck Accident By The Intersection of Stanley Street and Mary Avenue

Debra Clegg, Rhys Thomas Killed In Poughkeepsie Garbage Truck Accident By Stanley Street and Mary Avenue

POUGHKEEPSIE, NEW YORK (April 14, 2022) – A grandmother identified as Debra Clegg and Rhys Thomas, 3, died in Poughkeepsie Garbage Truck Accident by Stanley Street and Mary Avenue.

Dutchess County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 1:00 p.m. on Monday. Debra Clegg and Rhys Thomas were crossing the street when they were hit by a 2019 Royal Carting garbage truck.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene in order to help both of the victims. Despite life-saving measures, Debra Clegg and Rhys Thomas were both pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the garbage truck remained at the scene and cooperated with police.

Liability In Poughkeepsie Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage truck accidents are far more common than many people realize. According to one report from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), there are around 2,500 garbage truck accidents every year. Pedestrians are especially vulnerable to garbage trucks for several reasons. Garbage trucks have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of pedestrians. A fully loaded garbage truck can weigh as much as 50,000 lbs. Even a low impact collision can be catastrophic. There are a number of steps that garbage truck drivers should take in order to avoid collisions.

  • Garbage truck drivers should receive adequate training.
  • Garbage truck drivers should use a spotter when backing up.
  • Garbage truck drivers should be well rested before the start of their shift.
  • Garbage truck drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.

Publicly owned garbage truck companies tend to have a much better safety record than their private counterparts. According to one report from ProPublica, “In New York City overall, private sanitation trucks killed seven people in 2017. By contrast, city municipal sanitation trucks haven’t caused a fatality since 2014.” Private garbage trucks have been known to push drivers to complete their routes as quickly as possible. This often leads to safety compromises that put the public at risk.

All garbage truck drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid pedestrians pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1146(a). If a garbage truck driver hits a pedestrian they could be held at fault through a civil claim. Moreover, the company that they work for could be held at fault. In general, companies are liable for the wrongful actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any garbage truck accident.

  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • The garbage truck driver’s work records should be reviewed.

The family of any victim that died in a garbage truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages can help cover many of the expenses that can come with the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one. Sadly, though, garbage truck companies will do everything in heir power to deny responsibility if their driver kills a pedestrian. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Poughkeepsie Garbage Truck Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Debra Clegg and Rhys Thomas. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. Safety should always be the number one priority for every garbage truck company. But far too often this is not the case.

Do you need more information about a Poughkeepsie garbage truck accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held to account for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at  (516) 908-9792.


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