Category Archives: Truck Accidents

Truck accidents are immensely powerful and capable of causing lifelong injuries such as a traumatic brain injury and a spinal cord injury.

Tractor-Trailer Accident in NJ Leaves One Dead

In late November, a driver was killed in New Jersey in an accident involving the tractor-trailer he was driving. The collision occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike, between 3:50 a.m. and 4:15 a.m. According to reports, the tractor-trailer left the roadway on the outer lanes of the northbound side of the Turnpike within the vicinity of the Joyce Kilmer Service Area. When the tractor-trailer left the road, it struck a Hyundai Accent before overturning and catching fire. The two people in the Hyundai were injured as well, one seriously. What Do I Do If My Loved One Dies in a Tractor-Trailer Accident? The death of a loved one is a devastating thing, even more so when it happens during an entirely preventable accident. Any number of factors can contribute to a trucking accident, including defective equipment, a trucking company’s failure to inspect and maintain, driver error and more. If your…
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3 Years After Truck Accident, Tracy Morgan Called to Testify

In 2014, a Wal-Mart truck on the New Jersey Turnpike crashed into a vehicle transporting actor Tracy Morgan and comedian James McNair. The truck accident left McNair dead and Morgan with a serious traumatic brain injury. In 2015, Morgan was awarded roughly $90 million for his injuries. Since then, Morgan has been involved in a legal battle with the insurance company that paid his settlement. Morgan was recently asked to testify under oath regarding the settlement, but has refused to do so. Wal-Mart’s insurer, Ohio Casualty, has accused Morgan of taking advantage of the system, alleging that his future earnings were not as compromised as much as he claimed. The company has demanded that Morgan turn over medical records, income statements, prescriptions and other financial records to help them prove their allegations. Ohio Casualty is also seeking to depose Ardley Fuqua, a friend of Morgan’s who was riding in the…
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The Problem of Driver Fatigue: NJ Semi-Truck Crashes When Driver Falls Asleep

In late April, a semi-truck driving in South Brunswick ran off the road and took out a traffic light. Police said the driver had fallen asleep at the wheel. Fortunately, no one was injured. But the crash shines a light on a very real problem – driver fatigue. This is especially problematic for drivers of semi-trucks. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), one in 25 drivers aged 18 or older admits to having fallen asleep behind the wheel within the last 30 days. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that 72,000 accidents, 44,000 injuries and 800 deaths resulted from drowsy driving in 2013. It is believed that these numbers may underestimate the issue. Drowsy Driving and Semi-Trucks Truck drivers are at high risk for driver fatigue based on the nature of the work. For the trucking industry, time is money, and drivers are essentially incentivized…
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