Because many of the worst automobile crashes involve big rigs, it's not surprising that government and state agencies devote many resources to safety initiatives to help prevent them. The size and typical use of these 18-wheelers can create dangerous situations for passenger vehicles, and there are higher standards applied to truck drivers and trucking companies as a result. Victims involved in truck crashes are often in need of substantial compensation to recover.
Dangerous, distracted driving is all around us these days. On most highway trips, we can't help but notice drivers talking on the phone or texting while driving despite laws prohibiting it in most places. As scary as that may be, a driver texting while maneuvering 80,000 pounds of truck might be far worse.
Over the summer, news outlets published a number of stories regarding a fatal truck accident that involved actor and comedian Tracy Morgan. The accident was followed by individuals and agencies in New Jersey and across the nation, and not just become a celebrity was involved. The accident, which involved a Wal-Mart truck, brought truck safety requirements to the forefront of many discussions.
There are a myriad of reasons why truck accidents happen in New Jersey. Road conditions in the winter, negligent car drivers and mechanical failure are just a few. But as mentioned previously, when truck drivers aren't following safety regulations, the risk of accidents and injuries increases. Often these injuries are catastrophic because of the sheer size of a big rig compared to other vehicles. This is one reason why truckers are held to a higher safety standard by states and the federal government.
Large trucks are a requirement of modern society. From dirt and rock to sodas and diapers, there are things individuals need and something has to get them to the store or proper site. Even when truck drivers are careful, truck accidents can occur. When those drivers aren't following safety rules or traffic laws, the risks of accident and injury increase.
Although it's not always the case that a large vehicle results in large accident-related crashes, it is true that big trucks have the potential to cause a lot of damage on the road. A truck accident can leave individuals with serious injuries or even cause the death of other drivers and passengers. An accident on the New Jersey Turnpike left two injured, say authorities.
The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) serves several important functions. In addition to investigating major transportation accidents including airplane, train, marine and major highway accidents, this independent federal agency regularly forwards both Congress and other federal agencies recommendations on how to improve the nation’s travel-related safety.
American motorists have plenty of reasons to worry when they get behind the wheel and set off on a journey of any length. In addition to poor road conditions, construction and inclement weather, motorists must remain constantly vigilant because others may be driving while drunk, distracted, fatigued or enraged. And unfortunately, a recent report indicates that motorists have one more reason to worry for their own safety when traveling.
When a loved one dies in a workplace accident, the financial consequences to the survivors can be devastating. A New Jersey family may be dealing with this issue now. A recent dump truck crash on the New Jersey turnpike killed the dump truck's driver and caused massive delays to local traffic. The accident occurred when the driver accidentally veered into a barrier beneath a freeway overpass. According to police investigators, the accident may have been caused by a tire blow-out. The truck hit a barrier on the side of the road and turned over, sliding across the road and starting on fire. As a result of the crash, the truck caught fire, and the driver's body was so badly burned that a police autopsy had to be performed before the man could be publicly identified. Fortunately, nobody else was hurt and no other vehicles were damaged as a result of the accident.
A devastating accident between a dump truck and a school bus has sparked what is expected to be a year-long investigation by the National Transportation Safety Board. The fatal accident happened in Burlington County, where one family in Chesterfield is grieving the tragic loss of an 11-year-old triplet.