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One Person Killed In Hauppauge Garbage Truck Accident

Out-Of-Control Garbage Truck In Hauppauge Killed 24-Year-Old Honda Driver

One Person Killed In Hauppauge Garbage Truck Accident

HAUPPAUGE, NEW YORK (July 7, 2023) – A 24-year-old man has tragically died in a Hauppauge garbage truck accident at the intersection of Motor Parkway.

Suffolk County officials are saying that the collision took place around 9:00 a.m. on Monday. An out-of-control garbage truck rear ended a Honda before it sideswiped a school bus.

The garbage truck proceeded to rear-end a Jeep Grand Cherokee  before striking a Toyota Matrix and coming to a stop. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim.

Sadly, the driver of the Honda died due to the severe nature of his injuries. A full investigation into the collision remains ongoing at this time.

Liability For Hauppauge Garbage Truck Accidents

Garbage trucks 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 fatalities every year. 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 be well rested before their shift.
  • Garbage trucks should be regularly inspected and well maintained.
  • Garbage truck drivers should check their blind spots before making turns.
  • Garbage truck drivers should use a spotter if they intend to back up.

All garbage truck drivers must exercise due care in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to New York Vehicle & Traffic Law § 1180, no person is allowed to operate a motor vehicle faster than what would be prudent or safe given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. If a garbage truck driver fails to slow down prior to rear-ending another vehicle, they will typically be held at fault for a collision.

Garbage trucks can be difficult vehicles to maintain. The company responsible for the maintenance of a garbage truck could be held at fault if that vehicle ever goes out-of-control. These types of accidents tend to happen when the brakes or other component parts of the garbage truck are not being properly cared for. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any garbage truck accident.

  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • An experienced bus accident attorney should be contacted.

It can hard to know where to begin after any fatal car accident. The family of any person that is killed in a car accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with the sudden loss of a loved one. Sadly, though, garbage truck drivers will often do everything in their power to deny liability after any collision.

Investigating A Suffolk County Garbage Truck Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the Honda driver killed in this collision. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to police. There are so many questions that need to be answered. Was this garbage truck well maintained? What caused it to go out-of-control?

Do you need more information about a Hauppauge garbage truck accident? Our team of garbage truck accident attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that garbage truck companies are following industry regulations in order to prevent collisions. Whether you just have legal questions or need an independent investigation into any incident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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