Family of victim killed in city truck pedestrian accident to sue Sheboygan
On behalf of Wisconsin truck accident attorney Ric Domnitz of Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C. posted in Pedestrian Accidents on Saturday, June 7, 2014.
Family members of a Wisconsin high school student who was struck by a city truck in 2011 are seeking financial compensation from the city of Sheboygan in connection with the fatal incident. Official reports show a claim has been filed, though the official suit is still pending. The victim, an 18-year-old student, was crossing the street in front of his school when he was struck by a truck driven by a Department of Public Works employee.
Family members argue that the fatal pedestrian accident could have been prevented if the city had installed a special school zone sign in front of the facility. That would have effectively lowered the speed limit, which could have prevented the incident. Further, the city was apparently negligent when it mounted a leaf collection system to the truck in such a fashion that it caused the driver’s vision to be impaired. In addition, the driver is facing allegations of negligence, with the suit claiming that that person did not give a proper lookout while the truck was in motion.
The very operation of the city’s four leaf trucks has been questioned, according to news reports. Investigating officers determined that vacuum equipment that had been installed on the trucks cause a serious view obstruction for motorists in violation of state law. A third party also conducted an investigation in the case and reached the same conclusion. The leaf collection systems were slated for replacement before the pedestrian accident. They were replaced after the accident with units that were towed behind the trucks instead of being mounted to the front of the vehicle.
Municipalities have a responsibility to keep their pedestrians safe through a variety of mechanisms. These can include traffic control, but it is also important for city workers to have access to safe equipment, especially if they are driving on city streets. Municipalities that fail to meet these standards should be held responsible in civil court.
Source: Green Bay Press Gazette, “Family of dead teen files claim against Sheboygan” Josh Lintereur, Jun. 02, 2014 [NOTE: source no longer exists]
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