Our lawyers recently won two cases for families with wrongful death claims. In both cases, a dump truck turned at an intersection and ran over a bicyclist. In both cases, the bicyclist tragically did not survive.
“These cases are about more than money. The families want answers, justice and improved safety for other bike riders,” said Fred Pritzker, a lead lawyer for these lawsuits. Fred notes that summers mean more bicycles and construction vehicles are on the road. “Drivers of construction vehicles need to look for bicycles and help make the roads safe for everyone.”
5 Things You Should Know about a Lawsuit
Our goal when filing your lawsuit will be to get you answers, compensation and justice.
A lawsuit allows our lawyers to take legal action to get company documents that may help determine if there was gross negligence;
Your lawsuit may deter the driver and company from future bad behavior, thereby preventing a similar accident;
A lawsuit allows us to do our own independent investigation, which could uncover surprising evidence implicating another company (for example, a manufacturer or maintenance company);
A personal injury lawsuit seeks compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering, disability, disfigurement, emotional distress, loss of quality of life and other damages;
A wrongful death lawsuit seeks compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, loss of care and comfort and other damages. These cases can result in multimillion-dollar recoveries.
Who Can be Sued for a Dump Truck Accident?
More than one party may be liable (legally responsible) for an accident:
The owner of the dump truck (construction company, rock and gravel company, etc.)
The driver of the vehicle
The employer of the driver
A parent company
A third-party maintenance company
The driver and owner of another vehicle
The manufacturer of another vehicle.
Working to Make Sure You Get Compensation and Justice
Our law firm has the resources to get you full, fair and adequate compensation. Dump truck accident cases are expensive. If you hire a law firm that can’t afford to pursue your case as needed, you won’t be adequately compensated. Our law firm uses the latest technology and experienced expert witnesses to obtain the best results for our clients. Our investigators dig until we are satisfied that there is nothing else to find. Our lawyers pursue evidence through every possible legal channel, flying to corporate headquarters, if necessary, to make sure we get every relevant document and get the testimony of everyone who has relevant information.
Our firm represents injured people and families of wrongful death victims throughout the United States. We a national reputation, and our attorneys have been interviewed by The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Associated Press and others. In recognition of their accomplishments, attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman have been named “Super Lawyers” by Law & Politics magazine. Attorney Fred Pritzker is also listed in the current edition of The Best Lawyers in America.
Recent dump truck accidents have involved rear-end collisions, wheels hitting other vehicles or pedestrians, intersection collisions, construction site accidents, and pedestrian back-overs.
What if a Tire Comes off of the Dump Truck and Hurts Someone?
If someone is killed or injured by a runaway dump truck tire, there is probably a personal injury or wrongful death claim. There are several reasons why a wheel can become loose and detach from a dump truck:
The studs and/or bolts become loose or break
Use of incorrect wheel parts
Failure to use specialized parts that would prevent the wheel from coming off
We won a multimillion-dollar settlement for a family whose loved one was killed by a wheel that had come loose, fallen off of a bridge, and then crashed through a car windshield. Attorney Fred Pritzker was the lead lawyer for this case. He inspected the truck and realized the wrong wheel nut was used. Fred contacted the man who invented the specialized wheel nut that should have been used, but was not. The testimony of this expert witness helped Fred win the settlement.
Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman settled a wrongful death claim for a Minnesota family whose daughter was killed while riding her bicycle in a bike lane.
Tire Blow-Out Suspected Cause of Fatal Wreck
A refuse vehicle lost control on I-25, north of downtown Denver, and hit a Jeep, crushing it against a retaining barrier. Both vehicles started on fire. The suspected cause of the crash is a blown-out tire on the refuse vehicle. A passenger in the Jeep was killed. The driver of the Jeep and two other passengers were injured. The accident happened May 25, 2017.
A 48-year-old man was hit by an 11-pound rock that crashed through his windshield. The rock knocked him unconscious, and his car veered off the road and crashed into a pole, breaking it in two. He tragically died from his injuries. The rock had fallen from a dump trailer hauled by a white semi-tractor.
On Sunday, December 4, 2016, a dump truck was southbound on Highway 52 north of Pine Island, MN, when it lost its drive train. A Honda CRV was heading southbound on Highway 52 when it struck a drive train that had fallen off the commercial vehicle. The Honda went off the road into the right ditch, seriously injuring a passenger.
The tragic death of a man from Backus, Minnesota, was caused by a tire that had come off of a Refuse Vehicle. The driver of the refuse vehicle said he did not notice that it had come off and kept driving. Attorney Fred Pritzker won a 7-figure settlement for a family in a similar case.
A 25-year-old University of Minnesota student was riding her bicycle in a marked bike lane in Dinkytown (near the University of Minnesota) when she was hit and killed by a garbage truck turning right onto 4th Street. Her death was deeply felt by her family, friends and the community.
Question: My teenage son was hit (broadsided) by an overloaded gravel truck. The accident report states that the truck’s gravel load exceeded maximum weight limits and that the truck driver was at fault for the accident. My son’s vehicle was crushed on the passenger side and then it rolled down a ditch.