One person was injured in a New Jersey truck accident that resulted in three tractor trailers catching fire. According to a news report in The Star Ledger, the injury accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in East Brunswick. One of the trucks erupted in flames after the collision and the fire spread to the other two tractor-trailers. One person suffered non-life-threatening injuries in the crash. It is unclear at this time what caused the accident or if anyone will be cited.
According to The Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) and the Motor Carrier Management Information System (MCMIS), 5,433 large trucks were involved in New Jersey non-fatal crashes in the year 2010. During that same year 2,357 trucks were involved in accidents that resulted in 3,194 injuries.
Any time a truck is involved in an accident there are a number of questions that must be asked. Did the truck driver fail to check the truck’s blind spots before changing lanes? Was the driver distracted or speeding? Did the driver exceed the federal hours-of-service regulations? Was the big rig properly maintained?
Victims of negligent truck owners and truck drivers may pursue financial compensation by filing a personal injury claim. A knowledgeable truck accident attorney will examine driver logs and maintenance logs to determine if there was negligence. The reputed Princeton truck accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of successfully handling truck accident claims. We know how to protect the rights of our clients while holding negligent parties accountable for their actions. Call our offices at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.