The parents of an 11-year-old girl who died after a dump truck hit her school bus in February filed a wrongful death lawsuit, according to sources. Susan and Anthony Tezsla claim the driver of the truck was negligent, and his excessive speed was the reason for the truck accident.
“This case involves a heartbreaking, preventable tragedy in which an overloaded dump truck traveling at an excessive speed failed to avoid a school bus loaded with children that failed to observe oncoming traffic before attempting to cross a high-speed intersection,” said Dion Rassias, the family’s attorney.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) launched an investigation along with local police, which is still ongoing. The NTSB concluded that the weight amount in the truck was higher than it should have been which may have contributed to the accident. The school bus driver was also cited for failure to stop or yield prior to the collision.
The bus company, Garden State Transportation and the construction contractors, South State Inc. and Wynham Construction LLC are also named as defendants in the suit. The Tezsla’s lawsuit claims the defendants were negligent and responsible for the accident.
The Tezsla’s are right to include the construction contractors in the suit. The truck had too much weight on it to be on the road safely. The contractors are ultimately responsible for the actions of its employees.
Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys.