Malaga, NJ – Michael Berezin Killed in Collision With Dump Truck at Wawa on West Blvd

Malaga, NJ – Michael Berezin Killed in Collision With Dump Truck at Wawa on West Blvd

Malaga, NJ (May 19, 2022) – A man from Cumberland County died when a dump truck collided with his pick-up truck as he pulled out of a Wawa parking lot in Franklin Township on Friday, May 13th. 

63-year-old Michael Berezin, a resident of Vineland, was exiting the gas station parking lot on West Boulevard in Malaga at about 5:45 a.m. when the deadly crash took place.

The dump truck operator, a 34-year-old man from Delaware, was unharmed during the incident. 

Berezin died at the scene. 

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Michael Berezin, at this time.

Causes of New Jersey Commercial Truck Accidents

Malaga, NJ - Michael Berezin Killed in Collision With Dump Truck at Wawa on West Blvd

New Jersey drivers are more than a little familiar with construction zones, which regularly cause large trucks and construction vehicles to operate alongside smaller passenger vehicles as their drivers try to navigate changing traffic patterns while dodging construction barrels and loose building materials. Given the commonness of this scenario, collisions involving dump trucks are one of the leading sources of serious injuries and fatalities out of all New Jersey commercial vehicle crashes.

The team of attorneys that the construction company or the commercial company that owns the dump truck has representing them will launch their investigation right away following a collision involving one of their trucks in an attempt to undervalue their responsibility for any losses caused by the crash. 

The significantly higher number of dump trucks on our state’s roads is a clear contributor to the increased number of these collisions. Dump truck crashes can, however, also be the result of:

  • Improperly trained operators
  • Vehicle rollovers due to overloaded truck beds 
  • Poorly secured cargo
  • Decreased visibility and large blind spots 
  • Sleep-deprived operators
  • Executing driving maneuvers that are hazardous due to the vehicle’s size  
  • Improperly entering a roadway/Failing to yield
  • Insufficient vehicle maintenance resulting in worn-out tires, brake lights that don’t work, et al.

The injuries that follow a dump truck collision are usually very serious, particularly for the inside of the smaller passenger vehicle. Dump trucks are significantly larger and heavier than a lot of other vehicles, especially when they are transporting heavy debris or construction materials. In addition, rubble falling out of the bed of a dump truck could cause a traffic accident that does not physically involve the dump truck at all.  

Dump trucks are also consistently backed through construction areas so they can pitch the freight exactly where it is supposed to go. Taking into consideration their sizeable blind spots and limited lines of sight, it’s no surprise that dump truck crashes take place with such disconcerting frequency.   

If you were injured in a dump truck accident, you should seek the guidance of a New Jersey commercial truck accident lawyer who has years of practice in identifying all relevant rules and regulations that could influence your case.

If you were injured in a collision with a dump truck and you feel that operator negligence was the cause, contact our dump truck accident lawyers in New Jersey at (800) 469-6478 to see what legal options are open for you.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.