Dominic Faiola survived serving his country in Korea. Tragically, he was less fortunate walking the streets of Philadelphia.
Faiola, 84, was struck by a city sanitation truck on Dec. 10, 2014, and died as a result of his injuries a week later. He is among the many motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians who have been injured or killed by sanitation trucks.
Since June 2015:
- Sanitation trucks have been involved in about 2,000 accidents (more than one per day).
- Two-thirds of the accidents have been blamed on the truck drivers.
- One driver recorded 19 accidents. They include pinning a 48-year-old disabled man in his wheelchair against a parked car.
- Under city rules, 72 drivers should have been demoted or terminated since January 2015. Instead, they were suspended for a few days or received training.
- Claims and lawsuits have cost taxpayers $4.8 million over a five-year period.
City on the defensive
City and union officials defend the drivers, noting the city’s 230 trucks cover 36,000 miles a week. They say many accidents are caused by reckless motorists, bicyclists and pedestrians. They describe city streets as obstacle courses.
City officials say new technology, such as cameras and GPS devices, will make accidents easier to investigate. They have equipped over 60 sanitation trucks and street sweepers with guardrails to prevent bicyclists and pedestrians from getting trapped underneath. Officials also have vowed to improve training.
That’s little consolation to crash victims and their families. They believe the city should do a better job of monitoring its drivers. They also believe compensation in government injury cases is unfairly capped at $500,000. Private cases have no monetary limits.
You should be on the offensive
If you’re the victim of a Philadelphia sanitation truck accident, the odds are against you. You may be injured, unable to work or provide for your family. You are up against a city bureaucracy that has shown little interest in protecting its citizens. The truck drivers know this and are unlikely to admit fault. What is more likely is that an insurance company will pressure you into accepting a small financial settlement because they know you are in dire financial straits.
Philadelphia truck accident lawyer Michael Hanamirian of The Hanamirian Firm, PC, has been handling cases like yours for more than three decades. He knows the laws and how the system works. He and his team will conduct an independent investigation, determine who is at fault and hold them responsible. He can secure justice for you and your family. Contact us today for a free consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, so you pay nothing unless we win your case.