According to NorthJersey.com, a fatal accident involving a car and a tractor-trailer occurred on the George Washington Bridge early Wednesday morning, October 13, at about 5:15 a.m.
The fatal New Jersey big rig accident occurred in the middle of the bridge and caused traffic delays for over four hours. One of the drivers, an unidentified male, was killed at the scene before rescue workers arrived. The article doesn’t specify which motor vehicle he was operating. A female passenger was taken to a local hospital with unspecified injuries.
There are over 15 million large trucks operating in the United States, and approximately 2 million of them are tractor-trailers. It is estimated that there are over 3.5 million truck drivers nationwide.
With over 200 million licensed drivers on our nation’s roads, some may think an accident involving a big rig is a rare occurrence. Unfortunately, in the U.S., thousands of people sustain serious and often even fatal injuries as a result of involvement in a tractor-trailer accident. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), there were 4,862 fatal large truck accidents in the U.S. that resulted in 5,190 fatalities in 2004. There were 91,406 nonfatal injures reported in large truck accidents that same year. On average, a person is injured or killed approximately every 16 minutes in a truck accident in the U.S.
There are many factors that can cause a New Jersey truck crash. Drivers of tractor-trailers are often on strict deadlines because they must deliver their load by a certain time, which can result in fatigued truckers on the road for many hours. Truck operators can also carry too much cargo; manage their vehicle dangerously by speeding; or use a handheld device such as a cell phone.
If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a New Jersey truck accident, contact a skilled New Jersey large truck attorney to learn about your legal rights. You may be eligible for compensation for your injuries, medical expenses, hospital bills, funeral costs, loss of wages, and other damages associated with the accident. The experienced New Jersey truck accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein offer free consultations for truck crash victims and family members of wrongful death victims. Call us at 609-240-0040 today.