Manchester, NJ – One Injured in Dump Truck Rollover Crash at Rt 70 and Manchester BlvdNY/NJ Legal News
Manchester, NJ (June 07, 2022) – Officers from the Manchester Police Department are looking into the circumstances that lead up to a collision that caused a dump truck carrying 39,000 pounds of sand to overturn at the intersection of Manchester Boulevard and Route 70 on Monday, June 6th.
According to police, a vehicle was attempting to make a lefthand turn off of Route 70 onto Manchester Boulevard when a 2017 Chevrolet Equinox passed the vehicle in order to make the same turn.
As the Equinox did so, the driver crashed into the driver’s side of a Peterbilt dump truck.
The impact caused the Equinox to continue along Route 70 before coming to a stop on the shoulder. The dump truck swerved to the right, depressed the brakes, and tried to steer in an attempt to regain control of the vehicle, which ended up rolling onto its side and spilling the 39,000 pounds of sand it was carrying.
The driver of the Equinox, 73-year-old Luis A. Cruz, a resident of Whiting, was unharmed during the incident. The dump truck operator, 64-year-old, Joseph W. Cook, a resident of Ewing, sustained multiple injuries to his upper torso and head.
Cook was transferred to Community Medical Center for evaluation and treatment of his injuries.
Police believe that following too closely is the contributing factor in this crash.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Causes of New Jersey Commercial Truck Accidents
New Jersey drivers are more than a little familiar with construction zones, which regularly cause large trucks and construction vehicles to operate alongside smaller passenger vehicles as their drivers try to navigate changing traffic patterns while dodging construction barrels and loose building materials. Given the commonness of this scenario, collisions involving dump trucks are one of the leading sources of serious injuries and fatalities out of all New Jersey commercial vehicle crashes.
The team of attorneys that the construction company or the commercial company that owns the dump truck has representing them will launch their investigation right away following a collision involving one of their trucks in an attempt to undervalue their responsibility for any losses caused by the crash.
The significantly higher number of dump trucks on our state’s roads is a clear contributor to the increased number of these collisions. Dump truck crashes can, however, also be the result of:
- Improperly trained operators
- Vehicle rollovers due to overloaded truck beds
- Poorly secured cargo
- Decreased visibility and large blind spots
- Sleep-deprived operators
- Executing driving maneuvers that are hazardous due to the vehicle’s size
- Improperly entering a roadway/Failing to yield
- Insufficient vehicle maintenance resulting in worn-out tires, brake lights that don’t work, et al.
The injuries that follow a dump truck collision are usually very serious, particularly for the inside of the smaller passenger vehicle. Dump trucks are significantly larger and heavier than a lot of other vehicles, especially when they are transporting heavy debris or construction materials. In addition, rubble falling out of the bed of a dump truck could cause a traffic accident that does not physically involve the dump truck at all.
Dump trucks are also consistently backed through construction areas so they can pitch the freight exactly where it is supposed to go. Taking into consideration their sizeable blind spots and limited lines of sight, it’s no surprise that dump truck crashes take place with such disconcerting frequency.
If you were injured in a collision with a dump truck and you feel that operator negligence was the cause, contact our dump truck accident lawyers in New Jersey at (800) 469-6478 to see what legal options are open for you.
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Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.