Truck accidents often have devastating results. That's because of the sheer size and weight of most tractor-trailers. A truck can weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. A car usually weighs only around 3,000 pounds.
A recent truck accident in a nearby state has left one person dead and more than 30 others injured. A tractor-trailer reportedly crashed into multiple vehicles. Reports indicate that the truck along with two other vehicles caught fire in the chain-reaction crash.
The 42-year-old truck driver did not sustain injuries in the accident. However, authorities report that a 68-year-old woman died at the site of the crash.
It is unclear what caused the truck to collide with multiple vehicles. The truck driver has not been charged. However, as the investigation into the crash continues, the truck driver could end up facing criminal charges.
In addition, the truck driver may face civil lawsuits. Accident victims and their families may be entitled to compensation if they can prove that the truck driver was negligent. Compensation may be used to cover medical expenses, lost wages, and in the most tragic situations, funeral expenses.
People in New Jersey and others elsewhere may feel helpless after they are injured in a truck accident. However, an investigation may reveal that an accident was the result of driver fatigue, improper maintenance or defective equipment.
Truck drivers and trucking companies must be held accountable for their negligence. While no amount of money can change the past, truck accident victims may feel a sense of justice when negligent parties have been held responsible for their reckless behavior.