Three people, including an on-duty police officer, were injured in a West Deptford semi truck accident July 25 when a tractor trailer forced a car off Interstate 295 into the path of a parked police cruiser and a sport utility vehicle, according to this news report. Officer James Grant Jr., was trapped in his cruiser and had to be extricated from the vehicle and transported to an area hospital. Two other motorists – Jeffrey Weiss, 45, of Woodbury and Lynn Sbraga, 46, of Logan Township were also taken to the hospital with injuries.
Grant was writing a ticket after pulling over one of the motorists, when the truck driver made a sudden lane change, the article reports. The driver of the tractor trailer was released with a citation.
There are close to 130 fatal big rig accidents and nearly 6,000 injury crashes relating to semi trucks in the state of New Jersey, according to U.S. Department of Transportation statistics. Big rigs, especially tractor trailers, can cause remarkable damage to other passenger vehicles and major injuries to motorists because of their significant size and weight. Some big rigs may weigh up to 80,000 pounds.
If you or someone you know has been injured in a big rig accident because of the truck driver’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation to cover your medical bills, loss of wages, pain and suffering. Both the truck driver and the trucking company may be held responsible for the crash. Call the New Jersey truck collision lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein today for your free consultation.