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Rufino Tepetil, Catherine Frieder Injured In Stafford Township Box Truck Accident On Route 72 Near Marsha Drive

Rufino Tepetil, of Manahawakin, Catherine Frieder, and Craig Allen Were Injured In Stafford Township Truck Accident Along Route 72 By Marsha Drive

Rufino Tepetil, Catherine Frieder Injured In Stafford Township Box Truck Accident On Route 72 Near Marsha Drive

STAFFORD TOWNSHIP, NEW JERSEY (January 10, 2022) –  Rufino Tepetil, Catherine Frieder, and Craig Allen were injured in a box truck accident on Route 72 not far from Marsha Drive in Stafford Township, New Jersey.

New Jersey State Police are saying that the collision took place on Friday morning, January 7, 2022. A 51-year-old man was driving a 2006 box truck when he drove through a red traffic light and hit a Ford F-150 driven by Rufino Tepetil.

The force of the impact pushed the Ford F-150 into a Volkswagen driven by Catherine Frieder of Colonia. A fourth vehicle driven by Craig Allen became involved in the crash. That vehicle came to rest after hitting a traffic signal.

Paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help all of the victims. Rufino Tepetil was airlifted to the Atlantic City Trauma Center  and Catherine Frieder was taken to the Southern Ocean Medical Center.

It remains unclear if Craig Allen was hospitalized following the crash. The crash remains under investigation by the Stafford Police Department.

Liability In Stafford Box Truck Accidents

Thousands of people are seriously injured or killed every year in truck accidents. According to one report from the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), “Most deaths in large truck crashes are passenger vehicle occupants. The main problem is the vulnerability of people traveling in smaller vehicles. Trucks often weigh 20-30 times as much as passenger cars and are taller with greater ground clearance, which can result in smaller vehicles underriding trucks in crashes.” There are many factors that could potentially contribute to truck accidents including:

  • Speeding
  • Blind spots
  • Drug use
  • Alcohol use
  • Distracted driving

Driving a commercial truck is much different and more difficult than driving a passenger vehicle. For example, commercial trucks typically take much longer than passenger vehicles to come to a stop.  Truck drivers are also forced to work long hours. It’s not uncommon for truck drivers to become dangerously fatigued. There are rules and regulations with respect to how long truck drivers can work, but these are not always followed.

Every truck driver must operate their vehicle with due care in order to avoid collisions. Pursuant to N.J.S.A. 39:4-105, drivers must yield at red lights until the light is green. When a driver goes past a red light without yielding this may be considered prima facie evidence of their failure to yield. New Jersey is a no-fault insurance state, which means a person injured in a truck accident is able to seek damages regardless of fault.

Additionally, victims who sustain serious injuries, amputations, or disfigurement may also be able to pursue damages through a negligence claim. If a truck driver 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 negligent actions of their employees – insofar as those employees were operating within the course and scope of their job duties. There are a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident.

  • Victims should seek medical care.
  • Surveillance footage should be sought.
  • The truck driver should be interviewed.
  • Medical records should be preserved.
  • An experienced truck accident attorney should be consulted.

Anyone injured in the Stafford truck accident may be entitled to financial damages. Damages can help cover medical bills as well as lost wages. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique 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 Stafford Box Truck Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Rufino Tepetil, Catherine Frieder, and Craig Allen as they continue to recover. This was a preventable collision that should have never taken place. There needs to be some accountability for the sake of all of victims whose lives have been forever changed by what happened. Any person that may have information about what happened or the truck driver should reach to the police. 

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. Our team of personal injury attorneys are here to answer any questions that you may have. New Jersey has some of the most complicated insurance and liability laws in the country. Whether you just have legal questions or need an investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at  (516) 908-9792.


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