A New Jersey truck accident resulted in injuries to the driver of a tractor-trailer as well as the driver of a smaller box truck, according to The Gloucester County Times. The truck accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike near mile marker 11.7 in Woolwich Township. Officials say the tractor-trailer ran into the rear of the box truck and tipped before wobbling back onto its wheels and catching fire. Its driver was rescued and airlifted to a nearby hospital for a head injury while the driver of the box truck was treated for non-life-threatening truck accident injuries and released. The report states that charges are pending.
According to The U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), rear-end crashes are extremely common on our highways. The NHTSA reports that six percent of all motorists were involved in a collision in the year 2000 and 36 percent of them were involved in a rear-end collision.
There are a number of reasons why rear-end collisions occur. Drivers who follow too closely behind other vehicles may not have enough time to adjust to changes in speed. Drivers who are distracted may not notice that the vehicle in front of them has stopped. Speeding drivers often do not have enough time to come to a complete stop.
The experienced Princeton truck accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein help injured victims of truck accidents get fair compensation for their losses. If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey accident, contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free consultation.