Truck Accident On Route 55 Kills One Person In Mantua Township
MANTUA TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY December 13, 2021) – A 21-year-old woman has tragically died in a truck accident along Route 55.
New Jersey State Police are saying that the collision took place around 8:30 a.m. on Wednesday. A passenger vehicle and a box truck collided in the roadway under uncertain conditions.
Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. Multiple lanes of the freeway were closed for several hours as the wreckage was cleared.
Despite life-saving measures, a woman inside of the passenger vehicle died due to the severity of her injuries. A full investigation into the Mantua Township collision remains ongoing at this time.
Liability In New Jersey Truck Accidents
There are a number of factors that could potentially contribute to a semi-truck accident. According to the FMCSA, “Fatigue, drinking alcohol, and speeding are major factors in motor vehicle crashes overall. Although their presence does not always result in a crash, these three factors, as well as other driver, vehicle, and environmental factors, can increase the risk that a crash will occur.” There are a number of ways that semi-trucks can be especially dangerous.
- Commercial trucks have very high centers of gravity which make underride collisions more likely.
- Commercial trucks can weigh as much as 80,000 lbs.
- Commercial trucks can take the length of two football fields to come to a stop.
Truck drivers must get a commercial driver’s license and are held to a high standard in terms of safety. Many collisions are due to truck drivers that fail to check their blind spots and make dangerous lanes changes. Pursuant to New York Vehicle Code 1128(a), “A vehicle shall be driven as nearly as practicable entirely within a single lane and shall not be moved from such lane until the driver has first ascertained that such movement can be made with safety.” Victims of semi-truck accidents often suffer very serious injuries including.
- Broken bones
- Head injuries
- Spinal cord injuries
When a truck driver is negligent and kills someone, they can be held accountable through a wrongful death claim. Typically, a victim’s next of kin will be the ones who can pursue a civil claim. Damages can help cover lost wages, medical bills and funeral costs. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.
Investigating A New Jersey Truck Accident
We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our deepest condolences to the family of the victim that died in this Mantua Township crash. There needs to be a thorough investigation for the sake of the victim’s family. It is our sincere hope that there is accountability and transparency for what took place. This accident in Mantua Township raises a number of safety concerns. Did this truck driver receive adequate training? Were they speeding? Could this tragedy have been prevented? Far too often, truck companies favor speed and efficiency in ways that put the public at risk.
Do you need more information about an accident that took place in New Jersey? Our team of personal injury attorneys can answer any questions that you may have. We care deeply that accident victims are aware of their rights and that those rights are being protected. You’re always welcome to reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.