Lawsuit filed against trucking companies and more after a construction worker fatally hit a flatbed truck


The family of a construction worker who died at work has filed a lawsuit against the construction and shipping companies involved in the construction project.

The accident happened on October 9, 2019, but the lawsuit was not filed until late 2021. The wrongful death lawsuit was filed against Ameream LLC and its management; Triple Five group of companies; and haulage and construction companies also involved in the construction site. The lawsuit was filed by the victim’s father, Roy H. Papenfuhs, and Chryle Wright, the executor of the victim’s estate.

According to NJ NewsEric Papenfuhs, 37, was driving a Bobcat vehicle when he pulled into the back of a pickup truck parked “on an inadequately marked” street in a dark parking lot at the mall where they work in East Rutherford, New Jersey . Papenfuhs died as a result of the accident.

“Papenfuhs could not see the improperly parked trailer prior to the collision,” the lawsuit states. The lawsuit further alleges that the area lacked adequate overhead lighting, resulting in hazardous working conditions.

The lawsuit alleges that Papenfuhs suffered immense pain, anxiety, mental anguish and “fear of impending death” as a result of the crash caused by unsafe working conditions. The lawsuit is seeking insurance coverage information, unspecified damages and a jury trial.

American Dream has not responded to requests for comment, and attorneys for a trucking company named in the lawsuit have denied any wrongdoing.


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