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New Jersey's truck accidents: Girl, 3, killed in tragic crash

When most New Jersey residents hear about an accident involving a truck, they think of 18-wheelers. However, not all of the truck accidents that happen in our state involve a big rig. Other commercial trucks, such as delivery vehicles and mail trucks, also get into accidents.

Recently, a mail truck was involved in a crash in which three pedestrians were struck. At approximately 10 a.m., a grandmother was crossing the street with her two grandchildren, a 4-year-old boy and a 3-year-old girl. The girl was in her grandmother's arms, and the boy was walking beside them.

The mail truck came around the corner and struck them. The girl flew out of her grandmother's arms and hit the pavement, according to an individual that witnessed the accident. Emergency medical personnel transported the three to a hospital in the area. Tragically, the toddler did not survive the injuries she suffered in the accident.

At last report, the grandmother suffered serious injuries, but she is expected to recover. Her grandson is also expected to survive and remained hospitalized in stable condition at the time of this writing. The driver of the mail truck did not suffer any injuries, and police say he is cooperating in the investigation. It is not yet known whether any criminal charges are being contemplated.

A wrongful death claim and personal injury claims may be filed in connection with this crash. Establishing negligence to the satisfaction of a New Jersey court could result in an award of damages often seen in truck accidents. No amount of money will change the events of that day, but it may help the family with its financial losses.

Source: CBS New York, "Toddler Struck, Killed By Mail Truck In Elizabeth, New Jersey", July 20, 2015

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