If you've been keeping an eye on the news in New Jersey, you may have heard about this accident that resulted in two people being injured. A tractor-trailer was recently involved in a crash on Jan. 20 after it collided with a car on Route 287 southbound. The report, covered with the help of a State Police spokesman, stated that the truck tipped over following the impact, eventually rolling down an embankment.
The crash took place at approximately 4 p.m. According to police, the tractor-trailer had been changing lanes when it struck a 2008 Nissan Altima. The tractor-trailer was traveling in the left lane and was switching the center lane when it struck the Altima, which was already in the center lane. The impact forced the semi off the road and into a guardrail. From there, it tipped over and rolled down an embankment where it eventually struck a tree and stopped.
The police reported that the driver of the Altima was taken to Robert Wood Johnson Hospital for pain and injuries, while the driver of the truck was able to be treated at the scene. The scene had to be shut off for some time as the tanker had spilled diesel fuel. A Hazmat team was called to the scene for clean up and to prevent fires.
This crash may have been avoidable if the driver hadn't tried to change lanes while another car was occupying it. If you were struck why traveling next to a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries. Once you are well, make sure to speak with someone about your rights in this situation.
Source: NJ.com, "Tractor trailer goes down embankment on Route 287, says state police," Jan. 20, 2015