Maryland Dump Truck Accident Lawsuit Results in $2M Verdict
A Maryland wrongful death lawsuit has resulted in a $2 million award for the family of an elderly couple who were struck by a dump truck that was backing up.
The complaint was filed against several companies involved with a construction site in Germantown, Maryland.
Xiufeng Wang and his wife, Yunshu Li, were struck by a dump truck at the site on October 9, 2008. Li, 74, died from her injuries at the scene and Wang, 78 at the time, suffered a fractured back and wrist as a result of the construction accident.
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According to the lawsuit, the couple was walking home from lunch in a closed traffic lane when the truck backed up over them. The construction site was related to the building of a new fire station.
The family alleged that the defendants, Milestone Construction Services, Inc. and Hakes Contracting Incorporated, removed part of the sidewalk along the edge of the construction site and had failed to provide pedestrians with a safe alternative route around the construction zone. The complaint also alleged negligence on behalf of the operator of the dump truck that struck the couple.
On August 1, a Montgomery County Circuit Court jury awarded the family $2.032 million, agreeing that the companies were negligent.
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