Three people were injured when two SUVs smashed into a jackknifed tractor trailer on Route 80 in Roxbury, NJ.
The New Jersey State Police stated that the driver of Freightliner big rig lost control and jackknifed across the three west bound lanes of Route 80 on Jan. 24. A 2008 Toyota SUV then slammed into the truck in the middle lane and burst into flames. The driver and passenger suffered minor burns but escaped the wreckage.
Another SUV – a 2009 Honda SUV, hit the tractor trailer in the right lane, and that driver suffered moderate injuries.
All occupants of the SUVs were taken to a local hospital and kept overnight for treatment.
Our Virginia truck accident injury attorneys are glad that no one suffered serious injuries in this crash. We always want to remind all truck drivers and trucking companies that they have a higher obligation to drive safely on the public roads, as they have commercial drivers licenses.
Truck drivers frequently lose control of their rigs and jackknife because they are driving too fast for conditions, change directions too quickly, or are not paying attention to the road.
In some cases, lack of attention to the road in a big rig can have lethal consequences. One of our truck accident cases in Virginia involved a tractor trailer that rear ended our client’s car on I-64, killing him.
The truck driver admitted he did not see the car until he was seconds from hitting it. Our investigation showed that he had violated Virginia trucking laws, and he also had not maintained his diabetes condition properly, which may have contributed to the accident.
We reached a $3.5 million settlement in this tragic truck accident case. It was a sober reminder to all truckers to pay strict attention to the road when driving.