Driver Killed in Truck Accident in Newark

A truck driver was killed in a truck accident near Newark on April 23, according to Rescuers worked for two hours to free the deceased driver from the cab on southbound1-95 following the single-vehicle accident. Approximately 30 firefighters from Aetna Hose Hook and Ladder Company of Newark responded to the scene.

The truck flipped over while turning on an exit ramp, according to Sgt. Paul Shavack. The exact cause of the accident is unknown, as it is still under investigation.

Approximately 3,163 people were killed in truck accidents in 2009 according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety. Fourteen percent of the fatalities were occupants of the truck, 70 percent were in other vehicles and 14 percent were motorcyclists, pedestrians and cyclists. In 2010, 259 people died in truck accidents—a 6 percent increase. Approximately 190,000 were injured in 2010, an increase of 12 percent.

Why did the number of accidents increase from 2009 to 2010, after they had continued to decline for a decade? Is it due to distracted driving? Truckers working longer hours? Something else, or a combination of all these factors?

Spevack Law Firm—Middlesex County truck accident attorneys.

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