Though tractor-trailers are a necessity in transporting cargo long distances, their size and the heavy loads they typically carry can be dangerous when the trucks are involved in collisions. Unfortunately, these types of collisions often result in fatalities. A truck accident recently led to the death of New Jersey man.
At the beginning of February, a New Jersey man was struck by a garbage truck in Bayonne. Sadly, the victim did not survive. When a truck accident results in injury or death, police will work diligently to determine the cause of the crash and liability. In this case, if the garbage truck driver is found to have been negligent in his or her actions, he or she may be held both criminally and civilly responsible for this man's death.
In New Jersey and elsewhere, it is common to hear of auto accidents involving commercial vehicles. When a truck accident happens, those who have been injured or lost loved ones are left dealing with a number of losses -- some of which may be absolutely devastating. Thankfully, according to state laws, those who have experienced damages in such incidents may be able to seek compensation.
Traffic along New Jersey highways can be heavy at times. Cars, trucks, 18 wheelers and other vehicles often speed down the roadway in a hurry to get to their final destination. Heavy traffic requires that drivers be alert and pay attention to their speed in an effort to avoid a serious accident such as the truck accident in which Tracy Morgan was injured in 2014.
The truck driver believed responsible for the death of a young man in New Jersey is in police custody. According to reports, the trucker fled the scene after his vehicle struck a car, leading police on a chase in Elizabeth. After the initial truck accident, several other cars were hit, one head-on, killing one person and injuring two others.
The trucking industry is pretty highly regulated and for good reason. Commercial vehicles can be found in large numbers in New Jersey and elsewhere, which does pose a risk to public safety. Truckers are required to pass medical examinations and abide by doctor's orders if they want to obtain and keep their licenses. Unfortunately, for some medical conditions -- such as sleep apnea -- this is not always happening. Sleep apnea leads to driver fatigue, which can lead to a truck accident.
A recent truck accident in New Jersey is responsible for seriously injuring a woman. The big rig is said to have rear-ended the victim's vehicle, causing her to be ejected from her van. Her current condition is unknown.
As part of their job requirements, commercial drivers are frequently tested for drug and/or alcohol use. The vehicles that they drive can cause significant damage if involved in collisions. Unfortunately, a truck accident resulting from intoxicated driving is not too uncommon. In fact, there are plenty of people in New Jersey and across the country who have been injured or lost loved ones at the hands of impaired truck drivers.
There are always those stories in the news, in New Jersey and elsewhere, about auto accidents caused by drivers who suffered medical-related issues. These problems can happen to anyone at anytime. As such, as a safety measure, those who drive for a living are generally required to have medical exams performed on a regular basis. A truck driver, for example, has to have one of these exams at least every two years. This is done in order to help avoid a truck accident.
One individual was transported to a medical facility after his car was hit by a truck. For reasons unknown, near the end of November, an 18 wheeler hit the back end of a van while traveling on the New Jersey Turnpike. A fire broke out shortly after the wreck. Thankfully both drivers were able to free themselves from their vehicles.