The New Jersey State Police have reported that a 46-year-old woman died in the early hours of May 7 in an accident involving at least three tractor trailers. The fatal truck accident took place on Route 78 at about 1:26 a.m. in Bedminster Township.
According to a police report, the woman was a passenger in the cab of a tractor trailer driven by her husband. When the passenger side door opened, the woman, not wearing a seat belt at the time, fell out of the truck and onto the eastbound lanes of Route 78. A second large commercial vehicle was unable to avoid hitting the woman on the roadway. She was struck yet again by a third tractor trailer. The accident occurred near mile marker 26.3.
The three trucks pulled onto the right shoulder to await the arrival of emergency response personnel. One of the truck drivers told responding police officers that the woman's body may have been struck by several more vehicles. She was pronounced dead at the scene.
Collisions involving large commercial vehicles often result in death or severe injury, and accident victims are often unable to work for prolonged periods while they recover. Some of these accidents are the result of unavoidable mechanical failure, but many are caused by negligence, fatigue or reckless driving. A personal injury attorney may enter a lawsuit on behalf of accident victims when their injuries could have been prevented with reasonable care and attention. This kind of legal action may seek compensation for costs incurred, such as medical bills, physical therapy and lost wages.