Several people were hurt in a New York accident when a recycling truck crashed through a Brooklyn eatery on June 20. The accident happened at about 2:10 a.m. at the corner of Bedford Avenue and Dekalb Avenue. The Department of Buildings is in the process of determining if the building is safe to reopen.

According to police reports, the driver of a car allegedly ran a traffic light and collided with a garbage truck. The recycling truck’s driver, police said, tried to avoid the vehicle but lost control and crashed into a family-owned deli. Two people were in the deli when the crash occurred. Five people, including both drivers, suffered injuries and required hospitalization.

An investigation of the crash to determine the cause is currently ongoing, and no charges have yet been filed. Whether the building is structurally sound or not is still not certain.

Those injured in an auto accident could benefit from the services and advice of a personal injury attorney in regards to filing a claim for compensation of ensuing damages. A thorough police investigation of the circumstances in this case may determine of one or more parties are liable in the crash.

The damages a victim may be able to pursue may include compensation for their medical care, property damage, lost wages and rehabilitation. If a victim suffers permanent injuries, a victim could also receive compensation for the future medical treatment they may need. In some instances, if an accident was caused by a company-owned vehicle, victims may also be eligible to file a claim against the company.

Source: CBS, “At Least 7 Hurt After Garbage Truck Crashes Through Deli In Brooklyn,” June 20, 2014

Source: Brooklyn Daily Eagle, “Garbage truck crashes through Brooklyn deli, eight injured”, June 20, 2014