Even if precautions are taken, roadways can be dangerous. There can be many reasons a collision might occur, from drivers failing to pay attention to their surroundings to simple mistakes. Whatever the cause, such accidents often result in serious injuries. A New Jersey woman was recently killed in a truck accident.
Officials say that as the woman was traveling west, a driver in a tractor-trailer headed north collided with her vehicle. The victim’s car was wedged underneath the truck and dragged along the road. It then caught fire, trapping the victim inside. Police have not revealed what initially caused the truck to strike the victim’s car.
Tragically, the victim was unable to free herself from her car after it became trapped under the truck. Both fire crews and emergency medical services responded and were able to extinguish the fire, but the victim had already died by that time. The accident remains under investigation.
No family wants to hear that a loved one has passed away due to a motor vehicle collision. To help cope with any unexpected financial stress as a result of such a crash, a victim’s surviving family may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim against the driver believed to be responsible, and perhaps the driver’s employer. When these types of claims are successful, claimants may receive monetary damages that can be used to pay for medical bills, funeral costs and any other related expenses. Anyone who has lost a loved one in a truck accident could contact an experienced New Jersey attorney for more information.
Source: nj.com, “Woman killed in fiery crash with tractor-trailer in Trenton“, Cristina Rojas, Aug. 30, 2017