Five people were injured in a recent car accident on the New Jersey Turnpike that involved a tanker truck explosion. According to an NBC News report, the truck accident occurred at a toll booth on the New Jersey Turnpike near Interchange 18W in Carlstadt. Officials say a 2000 Honda Odyssey minivan was backing up to enter the E-ZPass speed lane when a tanker truck crashed into it. The tanker exploded into flames after crashing into a concrete barrier.
Of the nine minivan occupants, three victims, aged 9, 14, and 27, suffered critical injuries. The 45-year-old driver of the minivan sustained a moderate head injury and the 50-year-old truck driver escaped from the burning vehicle with a minor leg injury. It is unclear if anyone will be cited for the crash.
This incident is an example of how a truck accident can be devastating for occupants of passenger vehicles. Very often, we see that when a passenger vehicle and truck collide, the occupants of the smaller vehicle are the ones who suffer serious, critical, or fatal injuries. In such cases, it is important to look into whether the truck driver’s negligence caused the crash. Was the driver impaired, fatigued, or speeding at the time? Was the accident caused by mechanical malfunction such as brake failure?
Injured victims of New Jersey truck accidents may seek financial compensation from the driver as well as his or her employer by filing a personal injury claim. In cases involving negligence, compensation may be sought for losses such as medical bills, the costs of rehabilitation services, lost wages, and other related damages.
The experienced truck accident injury attorneys in Princeton at Lependorf & Silverstein help seriously injured victims of New Jersey truck accidents get the compensation they need and rightfully deserve. To discuss your legal rights and options with a skilled attorney, please call (609) 240-0040 today.