A 22-year-old woman was injured in a truck crash recently when her vehicle ended up under a tractor-trailer. According to NJ.com, the accident occurred on the Interstate 80 near the Essex Street exit in Lodi. The young woman was critically injured when her vehicle was wedged under the tractor-trailer. It is unclear what caused the two vehicles to collide. An investigation into the New Jersey truck accident is underway.
Side and rear underride truck accidents can be absolutely devastating in terms of injuries and fatalities. Cars that slide under a trailer are in a position to be crushed by the weight of the trailer, which puts any occupants in the passenger vehicle at risk for fatal injuries. Whenever this type of truck accident occurs, there are a number of questions that must be asked.
Did the truck driver change lanes without looking to see if a vehicle was alongside the trailer? Did the truck driver brake suddenly? Did the trailer have the legally required amount of reflective tape and reflectors? Was either motorist distracted, speeding, or under the influence?
Victims of truck accidents in New Jersey may seek financial compensation for the injuries and losses they have suffered by filing a personal injury claim against the truck driver, the trucking company, or the truck owner. Every case is different and it often takes a skilled attorney to determine who is liable for the injuries suffered and how much compensation is available for victims.
The knowledgeable Princeton truck accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have many years of experience successfully handling all types of truck accident cases. If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, call our law offices today at 609-240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case assessment.