According to NJ.com, a lawsuit has been filed in connection to a 2013 gasoline tanker crash in Mount Olive that left a woman dead.
The news outlet reported that the lawsuit was filed on behalf of the victim in the Superior Court in Middlesex County, naming the driver of the truck and JAZ Trucking Corp. of North Edison, as defendants.
The lawsuit claims the truck driver caused the woman’s injuries when he was driving dangerously and carelessly. It says that the driver “did not have the truck under control and caused the vehicle to go into the opposite lane of traffic,” where it crashed into the woman’s vehicle.
The woman, 27, a mother to a young daughter, was gravely injured in the crash, which shut down the highway for several hours, as officials had to clean up hazardous materials. She died less than 24 hours after the accident.
The driver of the truck was charged with two traffic violations, but no criminal charges were filed in connection to the crash. The lawsuit was filed on behalf of the woman’s daughter, who is being cared for by her sister, the administrator of her estate.
The crash shook up the Mount Olive community, as the woman was a volunteer with the Blue Ridge Rescue Squad.
What Causes Fatal New Jersey Truck Accidents?
Sadly, due to their violent nature, truck accidents are often fatal. According to New Jersey State Police, in 2013, there were 31 tractor-trailers involved in 28 fatal crashes statewide, resulting in 34 fatalities.
A number of different circumstances including unsafe speeds, driver inattention, improper lane changes, tailgating, mechanical failure, debris in the roadway and drunk driving, contributed these truck accidents during the year. Most of these factors were avoidable and caused by various forms of negligence.