Dennis DeMario, 55, was a family man and a union carpenter who loved riding his motorcycle and exploring the great outdoors. But his life took a dreadful turn on May 10, 2019, when the vehicle he was driving was struck by a dump truck. The accident nearly killed him. Left paralyzed from the neck down and in need of at-home care, DeMario sued the dump truck company and received a $2.9 million settlement, the New Jersey Law Journal reported.
DeMario filed the case against the owner of the dump truck, Supreme Mulch, in Sussex County court in New Jersey. He claims that on the day of the accident, he was traveling on Route 23 in Hardyston when his vehicle was rear-ended by the Supreme Mulch dump truck and pushed into oncoming traffic.
DeMario was revived at the scene and transported to the hospital. Among other injuries, he sustained a significant spinal cord injury that left him paralyzed from the chest down. DeMario spent nearly four weeks in intensive care hooked up to a ventilator and in a medically induced coma. When he did regain consciousness, he was moved to a rehabilitation unit to undergo physical and speech therapy. He is now home under the care of his wife, Jeanne Marie Crowe, as well as home health aides.
Lauren Fraser of Javerbaum Wurgaft Hicks Kahn Wikstrom & Sinins represented Mr. DeMario in this case.
Another motorist was also reportedly injured in the accident. That person filed a claim but it is still pending.
Truck accident litigation
Truck accidents are complicated scenes often involving a number of factors. When investigating a claim related to an 18-wheeler or other heavy truck accident, it is imperative to have knowledge of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations, technology, business practices, insurance coverages, and to have the ability to discover written and electronic records. Expert testimony is of utmost importance. Accidents involving semi-trucks and passenger vehicles often result in serious injuries and wrongful death. Trucking companies and their insurance companies almost always quickly send accident investigators to the scene of a truck accident to begin working to limit their liability in these situations. Our lawyers, staff and in-house accident investigators immediately begin the important task of documenting and preserving the evidence.
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