Cahokia boy crushed by gravel truck, family files wrongful death suit
Posted on June 11th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
A plaintiff filed a wrongful death suit last week over the death of her grandson, who was killed while unloading a truck filled with gravel. In her complaint, she names a truck driver, his employer and the quarry that filled the truck with gravel.
On April 25, the quarry company loaded the driver’s truck with a little over 33,000 pounds of gravel. The driver complained the truck was overloaded, but the company refused to remove the excess.
The driver, an employee for a construction company asked the plaintiff’s grandson and one of his friends to help him unload the truck. In return, he paid them each $5. While unloading, however, the dump bed became unbalanced and tipped onto the boy killing him instantly.
The suit names the truck driver as directly liable for the boy’s death since he both drove the truck and allowed unqualified workers to help him unload. His employer is also named since the driver was working within the statute of his employment when the accident occurred. Finally, the quarry could bear some responsibility since they allowed the truck bed to be overfilled, which may have contributed to it tipping over during the unloading process.
This case is a tragic reminder to always take proper safety precautions when dealing with construction equipment and materials. Accidents do happen, but they are often worse when necessary safety procedures are ignored. If you were injured on the job or on a construction site, call our offices at Page Cagle in St. Louis today as you may be entitled to compensation. Our experienced St Louis construction injury lawyers and workers compensation attorneys are available 24/7 for a free consultation. Contact us today.