An 81-year old New Jersey woman was injured in a roadway accident when her 2004 Honda crashed into a tractor-trailer on March 20 around 10:30 a.m. The driver of the truck, a 57-year-old man, suspected that his truck may have been too tall to fit under a clearance area that was ahead. He parked the truck by the side of the highway while he tried to decide how best to turn it around. The truck blocked part of the southbound lane, and the man did not activate his hazard flashers. The woman slammed into the back of the tractor-trailer when she looked down to pick up a tissue.
The woman was taken to a local hospital after complaining of many injuries. A report on her condition was not made available immediately. The truck crash resulted in the closing of Hackettstown's Grand Avenue for about two hours. Reports did not detail the extent of vehicular damage done to the vehicles involved.
The truck driver did not suffer any injuries in the accident, but he was issued a series of summonses, including careless driving, failing to activate hazard lights and parking in a no-parking zone. The New Jersey State Police commercial inspection unit arrived at the scene, and they may be able to issue more court summonses if they find additional evidence at the scene of the accident.
For those who are injured due to the negligence of others, problems don't end with accident cleanup. For many injured people, medical bills become expensive, time off work costs money in the form of lost wages and recovery may be long and painful. For these people, seeking a settlement may make economic sense. A settlement, if awarded, may help to offset the considerable costs of accident injury. Talking to lawyers with experience in personal injury and traffic law may be a beneficial step for an injured person.