A man was recently killed in a New Jersey truck accident after a tractor-trailer collided with his vehicle on Route 78 in Hunterdon County. According to a news report in The Star-Ledger, the accident occurred in the eastbound lanes of the highway near Bloomsbury, New Jersey. The cause of the accident has not yet been determined.
While accidents involving motor vehicles can cause significant personal injury, accidents involving “big-rigs” or tractor-trailers, which could weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, could result in catastrophic consequences. In situations where the truck driver’s negligence causes the accident, the driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of the truck and its equipment, and, possibly even those who performed or were responsible for maintenance on the truck could be held liable for the victim’s injuries or death.
Tractor-trailer accidents in New Jersey occur due to a variety of reasons. The truck driver may have been driving at an excessive speed for traffic or road conditions, for example. Fatigue can often be a factor. Likewise, many New Jersey truck accidents happen because a truck driver is under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Mechanical malfunction caused by poor vehicle maintenance has been found to be another leading cause of catastrophic accidents.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a New Jersey tractor-trailer or other truck accident, please contact an experienced New Jersey tractor trailer trucking accident attorney at Blume Forte. Our skilled truck accident lawyers have the resources and training to successfully pursue these complex cases that often involve several parties. Call us at 973-635-5400 to schedule a no-cost consultation.