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Truck Accidents Archives

New Jersey truck accident: police targeting commercial vehicles

Accidents involving semi trailers seem to be occurring more frequently now than in past years. This is due, in part, to an increasing number of big rigs traveling not only on roads in New Jersey, but in all areas of the country. As the results of a truck accident can be quite severe, it is reasonable for authorities to do everything possible to help prevent such an incident.

1 dead after truck accident in New Jersey

A recent crash in northern New Jersey is responsible for the death of one individual. A preliminary investigation into the cause of the truck accident, indicate that the driver of the semi struck an overpass, causing the contents of the truck to hit a passing car. It is unknown if any charges are pending against the driver believed responsible.

Driver's work log generally reviewed after a truck accident

Drowsy driving is the cause of far too many accidents, in New Jersey and across the country. Driver fatigue may affect anyone, at any time. What drivers choose to do when tired, though, can cause or prevent accidents. To help prevent trucking accidents, long distance truck drivers are required to follow certain regulations, with regard to their working hours. If a truck accident occurs, it is common for investigators to review the driver's work log in order to help determine if a compliance issue may have contributed to the crash.

Accident at overpass injures 2

An accident in New Jersey on Feb. 11 resulted in injuries to two individuals and lane closures due to a damaged bridge overpass. The overpass was inspected by government engineers to see if it was safe to reopen the road. As of this reporting, there has been no word whether charges will be filed against the truck driver who reportedly caused the accident.

Fatalities and injuries increase in trucking accidents

As New Jersey drivers know, the incidence of truck accidents increased in 2012 as compared with the previous year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. This reflects an increase in the number of truckers and occupants of passenger vehicles injured or killed in crashes involving 333,000 large trucks.

New Jersey accident leaves driver dead, 2 truckers injured

A Dec. 6 accident left one driver dead and two others injured. According to New Jersey State Police, the accident occurred on Route 78, and lanes were closed near Exit 49 late into the evening. The two-vehicle collision included an Audi A4, a fuel tanker and a tractor-trailer carrying a load of mulch.

Crash on turnpike kills 1, injures 1

One person died after an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike on Nov. 26 that occurred when a dump truck hit a vehicle that was stopped on the shoulder. The crash reportedly happened at about 6:30 p.m.; the truck was said to have struck the back of a southbound 2010 Ford Crown Victoria.

Driver fatigue and truck accidents

New Jersey residents may not be aware that large truck accidents kill nearly 5,000 people on average each year. Around 30 to 40 percent of large truck accidents are the result of driver fatigue. Driver fatigue comes about from working shifts made up of long hours of continuous driving with little or no breaks. These shifts may be scheduled in such a way that does not allow for sufficient rest and sleep time in between. This can lead to impaired reaction time and falling asleep at the wheel leading to a crash.