Jennifer Gorgas, of Nectong, Died In Roxbury Amazon Truck Accident Along Route 46 by Kingtown Truck Stop
MORRIS COUNTY, NEW JERSEY (March 22, 2022) – A woman identified as Jennifer Gorgas has tragically died in an Amazon semi-truck accident on Route 46.
Morris County police officials are saying that the collision took place around 8:30 a.m. just outside of the Kingtown truck stop. Jennifer Gorgas was in a Subaru Outback when she hit an Amazon truck turning onto the roadway.
The force of the impact wedged the Subaru under the Amazon truck. Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the accident in order to help the victim.
Jennifer Gorgas was eventually extricated from her vehicle. Despite life-saving measures, she was pronounced dead at the scene. Police closed Route 46 as they continued their investigation.
It remains unclear if the driver of the Amazon truck will be cited for the collision.
Liability In Roxbury Truck Accidents
Thousands of people are killed or seriously injured every year in collisions with commercial trucks. Truck drivers often work long hours at all times of the day. It’s common for them to become dangerously fatigued as they complete their routes. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control, estimates that staying awake for only 18 hours reduces a person’s driving ability equivalent to driving with a BAC of 0.05% or higher. There are a number of factors that make semi-trucks particularly dangerous.
- A fully loaded semi-truck can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs. Even a low impact collision can be catastrophic.
- Trucks have large blind spots that can obscure the presence of smaller vehicles, especially during turns.
- Trucks have a high center of gravity, thereby making “underride” collisions with smaller vehicles more likely.
Every truck driver that operates a commercial vehicle must get a commercial license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Sadly, though, many truck drivers are not sufficiently experienced with the operation of their rig. Many collisions occur when truck drivers make dangerous turns. Pursuant to New Jersey Vehicle Code 39:4-123, no driver shall turn a vehicle into an intersection unless such a movement can be done with reasonable safety.
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, employers are liable for the negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were working within the course and scope of their job duties. However, many truck drivers work as independent contractors. It is important to determine the status of a truck driver at the time of a collision. There are many other items that should be investigated after an accident.
- Surveillance footage should be sought.
- Medical records should be preserved.
- Work records should be examined.
- Eye witnesses should be interviewed.
The family of any victim that died in an Amazon truck accident may have legal recourse through a wrongful death claim. Damages in a civil claim can help cover many of the expenses that come with the sudden loss of a loved one. A wrongful death attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are. There are, however, statute of limitations associated with civil claims. Failing to act within the statute of limitations may result in a permanent forfeiture of your rights.
Investigating A Morris County Amazon Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of Jennifer Gorgas. Any person that may have information about what happened should reach out to police. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of all who have lost so much. Far too many collisions are due to truck drivers that make dangerous turns without checking first to see if there is oncoming traffic.
Do you need more information about a Roxbury Amazon truck accident? Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any legal questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need a free, independent investigation into a collision we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.