Two women in their forties were killed on Monday, January 12, 2009 in Union Township, New Jersey when a dump truck initiated a seven car pile-up on Route 78. In addition to the dump truck, a tractor-trailer, which jackknifed, also was involved in the New Jersey Truck crash. The two women were operating a Toyota Corolla and a Hyundai. The accident began when the dump truck which was headed westbound, crossed into the eastbound lanes of travel, struck the tractor-trailer, and overturned. The impact caused the tractor-trailer to jackknife. The dump truck driver suffered only minor injuries. The dump truck is owned by the Fusella Group of East Hanover, New Jersey.
When commercial vehicles such as dump trucks and tractor trailers are involved in accidents, the drivers of these vehicles are often employees of a company that owns the commercial vehicle. Often these companies will own an entire fleet of vehicles. The company is typically responsible for the maintenance and inspection of the vehicles. If there is a mechanical malfunction such as brake failures, the company will often be held liable for such a failure. If the truck accident in New Jersey is caused by the driver who may have been operating the commercial vehicle in a reckless or careless manner, the company is required to maintain liability coverage that covers its driver/employee.
Accidents involving private passenger vehicles lead to better survival rates. Accidents that involve one or more commercial vehicles, such as a dump truck or tractor trailer, and private passenger vehicles, lead to an increased fatality rate for the operators of the private passenger vehicles. Unfortunately, the two women who were killed in this accident in all likelihood came face to face with large commercial vehicles against which their smaller passenger cars had no chance. It is important to seek legal advice as soon after this type of tragic incident as possible. Witnesses must be interviewed and photographs for evidence must be taken before totaled vehicles are junked. Insurance companies deploy their representatives to the scene immediately, you need to have your rights protected from the beginning as well. Contact a Princeton, NJ pickup truck accident attorney at the law firm of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. for a free consultation. The attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have successfully litigated cases for millions of dollars involving large, commercial vehicles. Let the Lependorf & Silverstein team go to work for you today.