A New Jersey trucker was killed in Tuxedo earlier this month when he hit a minivan with his tractor-trailer, causing the truck to run off the road and wrap around a tree. The minivan was traveling slowly with its hazards on and was pulling onto the shoulder of the highway when the tractor trailer struck it from behind. The collision forced the truck down the embankment and ended with the truck striking a tree. The driver was rescued from the truck by the Tuxedo Fire Department and transferred to a local hospital where he was pronounced dead.
Two of three passengers in the minivan were taken to local hospitals with injuries. An investigation is still ongoing, and no charges have been filed. The highway was shut down for more than an hour, creating traffic delays of up to 10 miles.
In 2011, over 88,000 people were injured in large truck crashes, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. In New Jersey, 28 people died in tractor-trailer collisions in 2011, with driver inattention being the main cause of accidents, according to the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accident Investigation Unit.
New Jersey contains some of the densest and most trafficked highways in the nation, with large amounts of industrial activity, creating the perfect atmosphere for a high risk of trucking accidents. Commercial trucks frequently cause New Jersey truck accidents, and oftentimes drivers and passengers of other vehicles, or even truckers themselves, are seriously injured or killed. Trucks are incredibly heavy and do not stop quickly, so when driver’s aren’t paying attention they cannot quickly correct their mistakes. This is why driver distraction and inattention is one of the leading causes of commercial truck accidents.
Our experienced Middlesex County trial lawyers have been dealing with commercial truck litigation for years and understand the need for thorough investigation and compassionate legal work. If you have been involved in a New Jersey truck accident and were injured due to the negligence of a commercial truck driver, contact our Middlesex County injury lawyers today for a free consultation.
Spevack’s Did You Know: Altogether, 586 fatal traffic crashes occurred in New Jersey in 2011.
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