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David Baum Killed In Summit Semi-Truck Accident On Route 24

David Baum, of Millburn, Killed In Summit Tractor Trailer Truck Accident On Route 24

David Baum Killed In Summit Semi-Truck Accident On Route 24

SUMMIT, NEW JERSEY (June 4, 2022) – A man driving a Tesla identified as David Baum has tragically died in a Summit semi-truck accident on Route 24.

Union County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:00 p.m. on Thursday. David Baum was driving a Tesla when he was rear-ended by a Volvo tractor-trailer truck.

The Tesla was then pushed in to three other vehicles including a Toyota Venza, a Hyundai, and a Dodge Ram. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims.

The driver of the Hyundai sustained serious injuries and was transported to the hospital. Sadly, David Baum died due to the severity of his injuries.

It remains unclear if the driver of the semi-truck will face any citations for the crash.

Liability In Summit Semi-Truck Accidents

Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured in semi-truck accidents every year. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), over 4,000 people were killed in semi-truck accidents in 2020 alone. Semi-trucks can weigh 20 – 30 times more than passenger vehicles and can therefore be particularly dangerous. There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a semi-truck accident.

  • A semi-truck traveling at freeway speeds can take the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop.
  • Truck companies often push their drivers to complete their routes as quickly as possible. This often leads to safety compromises.
  • Semi-trucks have large blind spots that can easily obscure the presence of smaller vehicles.

Truck drivers will typically need a commercial driver’s license (CDL) and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many collisions are due to truck drivers that follow the lead vehicle too closely or are speeding. Pursuant to New Jersey Vehicle Code Section 39:4-89, no driver shall follow another vehicle more closely than what would be safe or reasonable given the prevailing conditions of the roadway. There is a rebuttable presumption of negligence on the part of any driver that rear-ends another vehicle in their own lane.

If the driver of a semi-truck was working at the time of a collision, the company that they were working for could be held at fault. Generally speaking, companies are liable for the wrongful acts of their employees who are performing their job duties. However, many truck companies will try to evade liability for collisions by hiring truck drivers as “independent contractors.” It is important to determine the employment status of a truck driver at the time of a crash. There are a number of other steps that should be taken.

  • The event data recorder (EDR) for the truck should be examined.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • Eye witnesses should be interviewed.

The family of any victim that died in a semi-truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that can come with the sudden and tragic loss of a loved one. Sadly, though, truck companies will often fight hard to deny responsibility for any accident involving their drivers. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Summit Truck Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of David Baum. It is our sincere hope that the other victims will be able to make a full recovery. Any person that may have more information about what happened should reach out to authorities. This was a preventable tragedy that should not have taken place.

Do you need more information about a Summit semi-truck accident? Our team of consumer safety advocates are here to answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that negligent drivers are held accountable for their actions. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into any collision we are here for you. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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