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Tracy Snyder Injured In Runnemede Dump Truck Tire Accident On Route 42

Tracy Snyder, of Macungie, Pennsylvania, Seriously Injured In Runnemede Dump Truck Accident After Truck Tire Came Loose on Route 42

Tracy Snyder Injured In Runnemede Dump Truck Tire Accident On Route 42

RUNNEMEDE, NEW JERSEY (May 30, 2022) – A woman identified as Tracy Snyder was seriously injured in a Runnemede dump truck accident involving runaway tire on Route 42.

Camden County police officials are saying that the accident took place around 2:00 p.m. on Wednesday. Tracy Snyder was driving south in an SUV on Route 42 on her way to Jersey Shore.

A northbound dump truck lost a tire that hit a northbound vehicle. The tire then went into the southbound lanes of traffic when it struck Tracy Snyder’s SUV.

Firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene of the collision in order to help the victim. She was taken to the Cooper University Hospital in Camden and is undergoing a surgery to repair broken vertebrae in her neck and spine.

A full investigation into the dump truck collision remains ongoing at this time.

Why Trucks Lose Their Tires And Who Could Be Liable

It has been estimated that nearly 33,000 car accidents involve tires every year, according to data from the National Transportation Safety Board. Many of these accidents involve tires that become detached from their vehicle. A detached tire traveling down the roadway can be extremely dangerous. It carries enough force to go through a windshield or crush a car roof. There are a number of common reasons that a tire can become detached a vehicle.

  • Tires may come lose if lug nuts are not properly tightened. Lug nuts may appear tight at first, but small vibrations from the tire moving can loosen them dramatically over time.
  • The lug nuts on a tire can fail if a mechanic misused an air impact wrench. Air impact wrenches can be extremely powerful and it’s common for the thread of the lug nut to become stripped from overtightening.
  • Poor maintenance on a vehicle is another major cause of tire detachments. Wheel components including the axles, nuts, bolts and tie rods can become worn over time. In order to prevent catastrophic failures, these parts may need to be periodically replaced or repaired.

Dump truck drivers have a legal obligation to exercise due care in order to prevent accidents. The companies that hire them  must also do everything in their power to avoid collisions. This includes properly maintaining their fleet. Far from being random or “freak occurrences,” tire detachments are typically the result of some amount of negligence on the entity responsible for maintaining the vehicle the tire detached from. Depending on the specific fats of any case,  the company that manufactured a dump truck could be liable for a tire detachment.

All companies that manufacture vehicles have a legal responsibility to ensure those vehicles are reasonably safe. They must also warn about the non-obvious dangers associated with the use of their products. If a tire detachment was caused by a defect with a truck or any of its component parts, this could form the basis of a civil claim. There are  a number of steps that should be taken after any truck accident that involved a loose tire.

  • All medical records should be preserved.
  • Photos of the accident site should be taken.
  • The reason that the tire came loose should be understood.
  • Maintenance records for the truck involved should be reviewed.

The FMCSA requires commercial trucks to carry between $750,000 – $5,000,000 worth of liability coverage. Any person that is injured in a dump truck accident may have legal recourse through a bodily injury claim. Damages in a bodily injury claim can help cover lost wages, medical bills and pain and suffering. A truck accident attorney can examine all of the unique facts of your case and let you know what your legal options are.

Investigating A Runnemede Dump Truck Accident

We at Gersowitz Libo & Korek, P.C. extend our best wishes to Tracy Snyder and her family as she continues to recover. There needs to be a thorough investigation in to what happened for the sake of the victim. There are also a number of questions that need to be answered. Who owns this dump truck? When was the last time the tire on this dump truck was examined?

Have you or someone that you care about been injured in a New Jersey dump truck accident? There are a number of laws designed to protect your rights. 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 those rights are being protected. Whether you just have legal questions or need to get a free, independent investigation into an accident we are here for you. You can reach out to us anytime at (516) 908-9792.


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