Articles Posted in Truck Accidents

A 19-year-old Bridgewater man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his 2005 Dodge Ram burst into flames after being struck by a 2015 Mack truck. According to a an Associated Press news report, the fatal truck accident occurred on Route 22 at Cramer Avenue in Green Brook. Officials say the pickup was stopped for a red light when the larger truck plowed into it. The teen’s pickup burst into flames, and he was fatally injured.

Whenever someone is killed in a New Jersey car accident, it must be determined who was at fault and how the crash could have been prevented. In many cases, the cause of the crash is driver error. A moment of distracted driving, for example, is all it takes for roadway and traffic conditions to change and for an accident to happen. Therefore, investigators will typically look into if the at-fault driver was distracted, speeding, impaired, fatigued or otherwise careless. Depending upon the results of the investigation, the driver may face traffic citations or even criminal charges.
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A driver was injured in a New Jersey car accident involving two cars and two tractor-trailers. According to a news report in The South Jersey Times, the truck accident occurred near Interchange 3 in Cherry Hill Township. Officials say a wheel and rim came off a tractor-trailer and struck another 18-wheeler, causing it to turn over. Its driver was trapped for almost an hour. He was airlifted to a hospital in Camden with serious injuries. No other injuries were reported in the crash.

When a truck part flies into traffic or fails to work properly, nearby motorists can be put in harm’s way. There can be many liable parties in these types of accidents, including:
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A man was seriously injured in a recent New Jersey car accident involving four trucks. According to a news report in The Times of Trenton, the truck accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike in Hamilton.

Officials say the crash began when a pickup truck stopped in the right northbound lane for a flat tire. Another truck that had a storage container on its chassis stopped behind the pickup truck. A third truck then crashed into the second truck, causing the container to go into the roadway where a fourth truck struck it.
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NJ Tractor Trailer Driver Negligence CrashMany of the most devastating New Jersey truck accidents are preventable. Unfortunately, a number of truck accidents occur as a result of truck drivers’ and trucking companies’ negligence. Individuals and companies whose negligence results in a New Jersey truck accident can be held accountable for their actions.

Tractor trailer driver negligence is one of the most common causes of large truck crashes. Some truck drivers push federal rules and regulations by working longer than is legally allowed without rest. In such cases, they may be fatigued and prone to falling asleep or losing focus. Other forms of big rig driver negligence include speeding, making unsafe lane changes, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and tailgating.
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A 65-year-old Woodbridge man was killed in a New Jersey crash involving a collision between a box truck, a Honda, and a tractor-trailer. According to a report by The Star Ledger, the fatal truck accident occurred on the New Jersey Turnpike near Exit 7 in Chesterfield. Officials say the driver of a box truck crashed into the back of a Honda before colliding with the large truck. The driver of the box truck was partially ejected and fatally injured. Two occupants of the Honda were hospitalized, as was the driver of the large truck. It is unclear what caused the crash.

Rear-end collisions are common in New Jersey and they can often result in serious or even fatal injuries. When these types of collisions occur, there are many questions to be answered. Was one of the drivers following the other vehicles too closely? Was speed a factor in the crash? Did driver impairment, distraction, or some other form of negligence contribute to the crash? Did one of the drivers brake suddenly? Did defective brakes or big rig equipment failure contribute to the crash?
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A 21-year-old woman was seriously injured in a truck collision after her 2000 Oldsmobile Alero collided with a tractor-trailer. According to, the truck accident occurred on Route 80 west near exit 37 in Rockaway Township. Officials say the victim may have lost control of her car while trying to avoid another vehicle. Her vehicle spun out of control and into the path of the truck. The Lake Hiawatha woman was transported to the hospital where she has been listed in stable condition. No one has been issued a summons for the crash, but the accident remains under investigation.

This accident report does not mention why the victim had to veer out of the way of another car and there are a number of questions that investigators must try to answer. Did the accident result from a dangerous lane change? Was speed a factor in the collision? What caused the driver to veer out of control? What made the vehicle prone to spinning out of control? Why was the other driver unable to avoid the collision?
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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?

Have you ever noticed how much harder it is to stop your car when it is full of passengers and cargo? Imagine how much more difficult it must be to stop a tractor-trailer that has been overloaded. Weight becomes momentum. A trailer that is overloaded can make a truck extremely difficult to stop. Overloaded trucks are also more prone to truck brake failures and to swerving out of control in an emergency situation.

NJ Overloaded Tractor Trailer AccidentToo much weight can cause truck tires to burst and brakes to fail. Overloaded trucks are a hazard when traveling uphill and downhill. Heavy trucks require a much longer time to stop and they are more likely to roll over while making a turn. Overloaded trucks can even cause significant damage to roadways that were not built for such heavy loads.

To combat the many dangers of overloaded trucks, there are a number of trucking laws in place that dictate how much weight a commercial truck can carry. Regulations restrict the weight of the cargo, the weight on each axle, the weight on the tires, and how the weight is distributed. There are also restrictions on what roads, bridges, and overpasses heavy trucks are allowed.

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.

A 52-year-old Phillipsburg man was killed in a New Jersey car accident when his Honda Pilot SUV collided with a loaded dump truck. According to The Warren Reporter, the fatal truck accident occurred at the intersection of Route 22 and Greenwich Street in Pohatcong. Officials say the eastbound dump truck struck the victim’s vehicle at the intersection, but investigators have received conflicting reports regarding how the accident occurred and which driver was responsible for the collision. The driver of the SUV was killed in the crash and the 58-year-old driver of the dump truck was transported to a nearby hospital where he declined medical treatment.

According to New Jersey Statute 39:4-90,”The driver of a vehicle approaching an intersection shall yield the right-of-way to a vehicle which has entered the intersection. When two vehicles enter an intersection at the same time the driver of the vehicle on the left shall yield the right-of-way to the driver of the vehicle on the right.”

It is common for drivers to fail to yield the right-of-way at intersections or for motorists to run through a red light or stop sign. In such cases, the at-fault driver can be held liable for their negligence. When someone is injured in a New Jersey truck accident, the negligent driver can be held liable for the resulting losses suffered by the victim and the victim’s family. When fatal injuries occur, the victim’s family can pursue compensation for medical bills, funeral expenses, lost future wages, and other related damages.