Three Car Pile-up on NJ Turnpike after Tractor-Trailer Rear-ends a Pickup Truck in Early Morning Hours
Traffic was at a standstill Monday morning on the New Jersey Turnpike. Two tractor-trailers and a pickup truck towing a horse trailer collided before sunrise, trapping the pickup truck driver for hours. The accident happened in Robbinsville, Mercer County along the southbound lanes of the turnpike near Route 195.
While the cause of the accident has not been determined yet, police say a red pickup truck hauling horses was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer around 5:30 a.m. This drove the pickup into and under the tractor-trailer in front of it and pinned the driver for almost three hours. He was eventually freed from the wreckage by rescue workers and is expected to survive. The three others in the crash were all treated with minor injuries and the horses, after being tranquilized from the shock, are all recovering and fine.
Tractor-trailer accidents are all too common and very dangerous. Each year, negligent operators of large trucks seriously injure or kill thousands of pedestrians, drivers, and motorists. Large trucks weigh over 10,000 pounds, which makes them disproportionately deadly because of this large amount of weight compared to a standard compact car. While tractor-trailers constitute only three percent of all registered motor vehicles in the United States, they cause over 25 percent of all deaths in motor vehicle collisions. The force of a large truck striking a car or motorcycle can be catastrophic. The injuries sustained in truck crashes are usually serious if not fatal.
This tractor-trailer accident occurred because of rear-end impact that caused the three-car collision. But what led to the tractor-trailer crash occurring in the first place? Luckily the accident occurred in the early morning hours, which means that fewer cars were on the road so less people were impacted by the crash or injured because of it. However, the early morning hours bring concerns when accidents happen.
During the early morning hours, tractor-trailer drivers get tired and often they are overworked and on a tight schedule. To get to the next stop on time, driver’s push their own physical limits and take risks by driving when they are not completely focused and suffering fatigue. Additionally, not all drivers are knowledgeable about how to drive tractor-trailers or other types of trailers appropriately. Drivers may have forged documents or might not have all the experience that the represented they had at job interviews.
The experienced Pennsylvania trucking accident law firm of Reiff and Bily has spent the last twenty years investigating the causes behind tractor-trailer accidents and car accidents. Truck drivers are only legally allowed to drive a certain number of hours a day; if they violate this, an injured person may be able to recover compensation from them. If the cause of the tractor-trailer accident was a poorly maintained vehicle, then recovery may also be possible. Tractor-trailer accidents can lead to serious injury and it’s important to find the causes behind why they occurred so they do not continue to happen so frequently.
If you or a loved one has been the victim of a tractor- trailer accident, you may be able to hold the driver or the trucking company liable for harm caused by their negligence. Contact the tractor-trailer accident attorneys at Reiff and Bily for a free consultation to find out if recovery is an option for you. Time is of the essence, please call 1-800-421-9595 or contact us online at reiffandbily.com.