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Did a Mechanical Error Cause This Fiery Truck Accident in New Jersey?

A driver was killed when his tractor-trailer smashed into a bridge abutment, collided with a box truck, caught fire and crashed into a guardrail before finally coming to a stop. The flames engulfed the truck’s cab and the driver died. Police believe the truck accident may have been caused by a mechanical error. Not all truck accidents are caused by driver error. Sometimes the cause of a crash can come down to the truck. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, roughly 20 percent of all truck accidents occur due to a mechanical error, such as the following: Bad tires Faulty signal or brake lights Brake failure Defective steering Transmission failure Who Can I Hold Responsible for a Truck Accident Caused By Mechanical Error? The government has strict regulations in place on truck braking systems. However, it is not uncommon for truck companies to ignore those regulations by failing to…
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What Caused a Truck Driver to Crash Into a Dozen Cars in New Jersey?

A drunk truck driver left dozens of cars damaged, three injured and one dead as he smashed through a police barricade in Elizabeth, New Jersey. The truck driver was operating a freightliner commercial tractor around midnight when he hit a parked car. While no one sustained injuries in the initial truck accident, the trucker did not stop there. A Union County police officer fired a warning round when he spotted the driver’s erratic maneuvers. The truck sped off, hit more parked cars and barreled through a police barricade before crashing head-on into a vehicle and coming to a stop. Police charged the truck driver with second-degree vehicular manslaughter, second-degree aggravated manslaughter and second-degree reckless aggravated assault. Authorities believe the truck driver was intoxicated during this incident. How to Spot a Drunk Truck Driver An 80,000-pound truck is already a potential hazard on the road. If you throw drinking and driving…
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Why Did This New Jersey Truck Driver Cause an Eight-Car Pileup?

The family of a man killed in an eight-vehicle accident in Salem filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the truck driver who caused the accident and his trucking firm last month. According to the accident report, the truck driver ran a red light and was unable to stop his truck in time to avoid the crash due to faulty brakes. The lawsuit alleges the truck driver was aware or should have been aware the brakes on the truck were hot, smoking and in an unreasonably dangerous condition. The lawsuit goes on to say the truck driver was not properly trained and exceeded the hours of service truck drivers are permitted to work. Who Is Liable for a Truck Accidents Caused by Faulty Brakes? According to a study from the Department of Transportation, 29 percent of all commercial truck accidents involve brakes out of adjustment or brake failures. Standards for truck…
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