A man was injured in a New Jersey truck accident that resulted in a large fuel spill and vehicular fire. According to a news report in The Express-Times, the truck accident occurred on Interstate 78 East in Greenwich Township near mile marker 2.5. Officials say one of the two tractor-trailers sustained heavy front-end damage. The victim suffered head lacerations and was taken to a nearby hospital. It is not clear what caused the two trucks to collide or if either truck driver will be cited for the incident.
According to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), 3,675 people were killed and 80,000 suffered truck accidents injuries in the year 2010 nationwide. During that same year, there were 58 large trucks involved in fatal crashes in New Jersey. In fact, 1.7 percent of all fatal truck accidents in the United States occurred in New Jersey during that year.
Whenever a truck driver is injured in a New Jersey accident, there are a number of questions that must be asked. Was the truck in proper working order? Was the trailer overloaded? Did the accident result from a mechanical malfunction or defective truck part? Was driver negligence a contributing factor?
Injured truck drivers may pursue financial compensation for their medical bills and lost wages through workers’ compensation benefits. In some cases, additional compensation may be available through civil litigation. A skilled truck accident attorney in New Jersey can review the circumstances of the case and help victims understand all of their legal rights and options.
The experienced legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein helps victims of truck accidents get fair compensation for their losses. We provide free consultations to all victims of New Jersey auto accidents. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for more information about pursuing your legal rights.