A 41-year-old woman was killed in a car accident recently after the vehicle in which she was a passenger in crashed into the back of a big rig that was improperly parked on a New Jersey Turnpike onramp in Cherry Hill. NJ.com reports that officials say that a 50-year-old man crashed his Lincoln Town Car into the back of the tractor-trailer, and the woman, who was sleeping in the backseat of the Lincoln, was killed in the crash. The man is reportedly in critical condition. The driver of the truck was issued a citation for parking his big rig illegally.
According to the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT), 69 people were killed in large truck accidents in New Jersey in 2009. During that same year, 3,216 people were injured in New Jersey truck accidents.
Due to the sheer size of tractor-trailers, any crash that involves a large truck can prove potentially fatal. In any truck accident, it is important to investigate whether truck driver negligence played a part. Whether the accident was the result of illegal parking, driving under the influence, improper vehicle maintenance, or fatigued driving, truck drivers and their employers can be held liable for the injuries, damages, and losses suffered by an accident victim.
The New Jersey truck crash lawyers of Lependorf & Silverstein work diligently to examine all facets of an accident to ensure that the negligent parties are held accountable. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in New Jersey, please contact us at 609-240-0040 for a no-cost consultation and comprehensive claim evaluation today.