[Buffalo, Iowa] — An incident unfolded on Tuesday, resulting in the loss of a 73-year-old Davenport resident, Gerald Boldt. The accident occurred at the CHS Davenport Grain terminal.
At 8:55 a.m., Buffalo police, firefighters, and Scott County Sheriff’s Department deputies responded to a call regarding a man struck by a truck. The incident took place in the 700 block of East Front Street, where emergency personnel discovered the victim trapped under the rear wheels of a tandem dump truck.
Gerald Boldt, the owner of Boldt Trucking, was pronounced dead at the scene.
There is an ongoing investigation.
Truck That Slammed into Pedestrian Needs Further Investigation
Pedestrian deaths are on the rise. The Governors Highway Safety Association tracks pedestrian deaths and discovered that more than 7,500 pedestrians were struck and killed by drivers in 2022. This is not good. Drivers are responsible for being fully aware of their surroundings and following safety protocols for the safety of everyone around them.
With so few details, it’s hard to determine all parties at fault in this incident. That’s why any time a tragic accident like this one happens, it is crucial for trained professionals to investigate the crash site and gather all the details needed to determine the cause and responsible parties. The law holds responsible all parties that play a role in a person’s death to ensure the family receives whatever justice may be available following their loss.
Based on the facts, it seems clear the truck driver made a mistake of some kind. Was the truck driver distracted? Were there appropriate safety measures in place to ensure the driver backed safely? We have handled cases where dashcam footage shows truck drivers on their cell phones, distracted by what is happening around them, resulting in a fatal accident. If wrongdoing is identified, the family deserves answers from the wrongdoer and whatever justice the law may be able to provide.
The Ammons Law Firm represents clients nationwide in catastrophic injury and wrongful death litigation, with extensive experience in complex auto/tire defect and commercial vehicle cases.
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