Sadly, a 2-year-old girl died and her grandmother was critically injured on July 20 in an Elizabeth USPS mail truck accident.
According to NJ.com, the pedestrian accident occurred near the intersection of Rahway Avenue and Chilton Street. The girl and her grandmother were walking with a third pedestrian when a mail truck struck them.
The postal worker who struck them remained at the scene of the accident, which, as of last week, remained under investigation. Witnesses said the grandmother was carrying the child when the crash occurred. One witness said that the girl flew out of the woman’s hands after the vehicle struck her.
USPS released a statement after the accident. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to all involved in the tragic event today,” USPS said. “The Postal Service is conducting a full investigation into this accident and is also working cooperatively with local officials at the scene.”
One witness told WABC-TV that the pedestrians had a “walk” light when they were crossing the intersection. The witness said that he believes that the grandmother saw the truck coming, as it was making a right turn, and that she tried to protect the child with her body.
The grandmother had to undergo emergency surgery after the accident and was listed in critical condition. The third pedestrian, a young boy, was also taken to a hospital for treatment.
Our Middlesex County Injury Attorneys Represent Pedestrian Accident Victims
This story is unbelievably sad. It is our hope that an investigation determines why the crash occurred. If you are injured or your loved one is killed in an accident involving a government vehicle, speak to our attorneys about your legal rights.
These vehicles can include mail trucks, police cruisers, fire trucks or other automobiles owned by the federal government, state, county or city. Each entity or municipality may have its own laws when it comes to pursuing litigation.
For example, claims involving an accident with a USPS vehicle would fall under the Federal Tort Claims Act (FTCA), since the federal government is runs the agency. To file an injury claim against any federal agency, you would first need to speak to our attorneys about filing legal forms with the entity itself. After these forms are filled out, if a settlement cannot be reached and after a legally required waiting period has been exhausted, you could potentially move forward with a federal lawsuit.
To see how we have helped pedestrian and vehicle accident victims, visit our verdicts and settlements page. We are willing to take federal tort cases all the way to trial, if our clients’ needs demand it.
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