Apr 222014
 

Motor vehicle accidents involving tractor-trailers often result in serious injuries and/or fatalities.  Serious tractor-trailer accidents occur when cars, vans and SUVs are rear-ended by tractor-trailers. The damages and injuries are even more severe when the tractor-trailer is traveling at a high speed.  There have been a few serious tractor-trailer and car accidents in New Jersey recently.

More: Rear End Car Accidents on New Jersey Roads & Highways – Secondary Impacts

A Woman is Killed After Her Car is Rear-Ended by a Tractor-Trailer in NJ

A couple of weeks ago, a 50 year old woman driving on Route 9, near the intersection of Old Mill Road, in Middlesex County, NJ was killed after her car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. The cause of the crash remains under investigation.

A Tractor-Trailer Driver Died After Rear-Ending a Van

Just last week, a man was killed after an accident involving a tractor-trailer and a van.  The man was driving a tractor-trailer on the NJ Turnpike when he hit a van in the left rear.  The van was traveling below the NJ Turnpike speed limit.  The tractor-trailer driver came over a crest very quickly and did not see the van in front of him.  The tractor-trailer driver tried to avoid the van, but instead, hit the van from the rear, lost control, and struck the guardrail.  The tractor-trailer then overturned and caught on fire.  The driver was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.

NJ Lawsuits After Tractor-Trailer and Car Accidents

Injured drivers/passengers may file NJ motor vehicle lawsuits against negligent drivers or drivers who caused the accidents.  Some damages they can recover from the at fault drivers are:

  • medical expenses,
  • lost wages, and/or
  • pain and suffering.

For dependents of the deceased victims, they may file a NJ wrongful death lawsuit pursuant to NJ’s Wrongful Death Act, which is to compensate survivors for their financial losses from the death.  Some of the damages recoverable are:

  • loss of financial support from the deceased,
  • loss of companionship, and
  • loss of parental guidance and care.

Another type of lawsuit that may be filed after a car accident may be a products liability claim or dangerous products lawsuit. These claims name the manufacturer of a product as the defendant or responsible party.  In the above tractor-trailer accidents, if the brake system in the tractor-trailers was defective and did not work properly, which caused the rear-end accidents, the manufacturer may be responsible for the injuries and damages sustained by the injured victims and their families.  The responsible party may be the car manufacturer and/or brake manufacturer.

Related: South New Jersey Car Accident Injury Lawyer Discusses Common Injuries After NJ Car or Truck Accidents

Need Help Filing a NJ Car Accident Claim?

NJ car accident law is very confusing, and there may be other parties responsible for the accident other than the at fault driver.  If you were in a car accident, you need an experienced car accident lawyer in Cherry Hill, Marlton or Camden to properly evaluate your case. Call 800.281.8695 to schedule a FREE consultation.

*Sources:

  • www.nj.com (NJ truck driver killed in fiery crash on Turnpike)
  • www.nj.com (Freehold woman killed in Route 9 tractor-trailer crash)