Deadly Dare County Sanitation Truck Accident Results in Charges
Every year, holidaymakers on the Outer Banks of North Carolina risk life and limb on one of the most dangerous roads in our area – Highway 12. We were saddened to read about a deadly Dare County sanitation truck accident on this road.
The accident occurred at about 11 a.m. on Friday, reported WAVY.com.
The crash involved a Dare County sanitation truck and a utility van, according to a report from North Carolina State Highway Patrol. It was reported in the 42000 block of N.C. Highway 12 near the town of Avon.
WAVY reported the driver of the van was identified as 45-year-old Juan Carlos Tajares-Fernandez of Nags Head. He was flown by a Coast Guard helicopter to Sentara Norfolk General Hospital.
Tragically, he later died from his injuries. Our thoughts are with family members of Mr. Tajares-Fernandez.
The driver of the sanitation truck was taken to the Outer Banks Hospital. His injuries were not life-threatening. WAVY reported the sanitation truck driver was later charged with misdemeanor death by a motor vehicle.
Questions After Deadly Dare County Sanitation Truck Accident
There are lingering questions after this deadly Dare County sanitation truck accident. This part of the Outer Banks is more sparsely populated than the towns of Kitty Hawk Nag’s Head and Kill Devil Kills further north.
It’s not clear how the sanitation truck and the van ended up colliding on this stretch of road.
Sanitation trucks pose many dangers both to operators and other people. They are bulky and make frequent stops. They also have blind spots. A driver may not see other vehicles or pedestrians and the crew may be preoccupied with picking up trash. You should avoid these vehicles.
A report on CNN listed sanitation workers as doing one of the most dangerous jobs in America.
Sanitation workers have to deal with impatient drivers and hazardous equipment in a day’s work. They face fatigue and inclement weather.
They may also run the risk of being made ill by hazardous waste that sometimes finds its way into garbage and can be dangerous.
In a recent post, we noted how both dump trucks and garbage trucks pose dangers to other drivers.
Specifically, these large vehicles may be associated with:
- Unsafe backing up which can injure pedestrians or cyclists. Children are particularly vulnerable in Virginia subdivisions.
- A truck driver’s failure to check his blind spot.
- Parking illegally in locations that can endanger pedestrians and other road users.
- Fatigue on the behalf of drivers and distracted driving.
Although local authorities often try to hide behind the doctrine of sovereign immunity to avoid lawsuits, garbage truck drivers have been sued for negligence.
Recently, the family of a homeless man who was crushed by a trash truck on Virginia Beach, accepted a $500,000 settlement from the City of Virginia Beach.
I help clients in North Carolina and Virginia. If you have been hurt by a truck or lost a loved one in Virginia or North Carolina, please call Cooper Hurley Injury Lawyers at (757) 455-0077.