Pequannock, NJ – One Killed in Truck Collision on Rt 23 near Alexander AveNY/NJ Legal News
Pequannock, NJ (May 8, 2023) – A dump truck driver has been charged with vehicular manslaughter due to being on his phone at the time of a fatal collision. A man lost his life in the crash that happened on Monday, May 8, just before dawn at around 5:20 a.m.
Police in Pequannock have confirmed the wreck happened near the intersection of Alexander Avenue and Route 23 North. The victim was operating a 2020 Chevy Traverse when he was involved in a crash with a garbage truck driven by a distracted driver.
The garbage truck driver and a Good Samaritan worked to remove the unconscious victim from the Chevy before authorities arrived at the scene. When police arrived, both vehicles were on fire.
The man was pronounced deceased on-site by medical professionals. His name has not been reported at this time.
Route 23 North was closed while emergency crews worked in the area.
We want to offer our sincere condolences to the family of the deceased victim at this time.
New Jersey Truck Accidents
Information provided by the New Jersey State Police shows that, in 2020, there were over 8,000 large truck accidents in the Garden State. Of these collisions, about 4,000 people sustained injuries, and over 60 people lost their lives. Compared to the previous year, this represents an increase in both total fatalities and collisions.
Truck collisions happen for numerous reasons, however, the majority are caused by the actions of negligent drivers. Additionally, equipment failure and inclement weather contribute to traffic accidents involving trucks. Specifically, driver error/negligence contributes to the majority of truck accidents in New Jersey. Driver distraction, speeding, and fatigue are the leading types of negligence that contribute to truck collisions in New Jersey and throughout the United States.
Commercial truck accidents are often much more severe than other types of traffic collisions due to the sheer size and weight of these massive vehicles. The results can be especially catastrophic when a large commercial truck and a smaller passenger vehicle collide, especially for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. It is important for truck drivers and other drivers to remain sober, awake, and alert while behind the wheel in order to avoid injurious and fatal accidents from occurring.
If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, you may be going through a very difficult time. You may be wondering how you will pay for all of the costs related to their passing, even though right now may seem like no time to think about money. Unfortunately, this is a common worry among the surviving family members of deceased crash victims. If you know that your loved one’s accident was caused by a negligent driver, you should contact a wrongful death attorney in Pequannock. A wrongful death lawyer will be able to help you figure out whether you qualify for financial compensation that can help you pay for things like funeral costs, medical bills, wage loss, and more.
At Metro Law, we are skilled and knowledgeable when it comes to personal injury law. We know what it takes to help you get the finances necessary to pay for all of the expenses related to your or your loved one’s accident. Contact our law firm to learn more about how we can help you recover at (800) 469-6476.