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City Offers $185K Settlement over Garbage Truck Fatality


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According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the Tallahassee City Commission plans on discussing a $185,000 payout to the family of a man who died in a crash with a city garbage truck in April.

Garbage Truck Driver Found at Fault in Crash

Harry Charles Scott, 74, collided with a city garbage truck that backed into his lane from a driveway on April 21. After being pulled from his burning car, Scott received treatment at Tallahassee Memorial HealthCare. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, he died a half hour after his arrival.

Investigators say the garbage truck driver was at fault in the collision. As a result of the crash and fatality, Scott’s estate planned on filing a wrongful death lawsuit against the city of Tallahassee.

To get in front of the lawsuit and in the city’s best interest, the City Attorney’s office recommended the $185,000 settlement with the family. According to the Tallahassee Democrat, the city would be facing potential damages in excess of $200,000.

Scott, a former city employee, was a retired chief operator for General Dynamics. He was a husband and the father of six children, four grandchildren, and two great-grandchildren, reports the Tallahassee Democrat.

Trucking Accident Statistics

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,903 people died in crashes involving large trucks in 2014. In addition,

  • An estimated 111,000 people suffered injuries in crashes involving large trucks in 2014.
    • 74 percent of the people injured in these accidents were occupants of other vehicles.
    • 23 percent were occupants of large trucks.
  • An estimated 438,000 large trucks were involved in police-reported traffic crashes during 2014.
  • Seventy-nine percent of the fatal crashes involving large trucks in 2014 occurred on weekdays.
  • In 2014, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes.

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