A Montgomery County jury has awarded the family of Xiufeng Wang and Yunshu Li $2.032 million for Wang’s Maryland personal injuries and Li’s wrongful death. The elderly couple were hit by a dump truck in a backover accident On October 9, 2008.
Wang, 78, fractured his back and wrist. His wife Li, 74, was pronounced dead at the Germantown truck accident site. The couple were walking in a crossed traffic lane at a road construction site when the truck struck them.
In their Montgomery County truck accident complaint, their family sought damages from multiple parties involved in the construction project. They contend that Hakes Contracting Incorporated and Milestone Construction Services Inc. did not give pedestrians a safe alternative route in the construction area after taking off a portion of the sidewalk. They also accused the dump truck operator of negligence.
A vehicle that runs over pedestrians while backing up can cause serious personal injuries. The motor vehicle doesn’t have to be going at a fast speed for a fatality to occur. Skateboarders, elderly persons, small kids, joggers, and bicyclists are among those at high risk of getting hurt in a Maryland backover crash. Backover accidents most often occur when a motor vehicle is backing out of a driveway, alley, or parking spot. The drivers of large vehicles with huge blind spots must be especially careful to check to make sure there is no one behind them when backing up.
The Maryland backover accident that injured Wang and Killed Li is a case of how sometimes more than one party can and should be held liable for Montgomery County personal injury and wrongful death. The parties responsible for the construction site should have made sure that all safety precautions were implemented so that motor vehicle crashes and pedestrian accidents don’t happen.
Successful Lawsuit Sees Jury Award Over $2 Million in Compensation, News4Us, August 2, 2011
Related Web Resources:
Trucking Accidents, Nolo
Backover Crashes, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety
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