Runnemede, NJ – Driver Hospitalized After Being Struck by Dump Truck Tire on Rt 42

Runnemede, NJ – Driver Hospitalized After Being Struck by Dump Truck Tire on Rt 42

Runnemede, NJ (May 26, 2022) – A driver was hospitalized in serious condition on Wednesday, May 25th after their car was hit by a tire that flew off a dump truck heading in the opposite direction on a highway in South Jersey.

According to sources, at about 2:00 p.m., a dump truck was driving northbound on Route 42 in the area of mile marker 13.2 in Runnemede when its right rear tandem tires became separated from the vehicle. 

According to a New Jersey State Police spokeswoman, the airborne tires struck a vehicle also heading northbound, but no known injuries have been reported.

One of the tires then launched into the southbound lane of the roadway, where it landed on another vehicle.

The driver of the second vehicle sustained serious injuries and was transported by Emergency Medical Services to a local hospital for immediate treatment.

The incident is currently under investigation. Additional information has not been released.

Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.

Causes of New Jersey Dump Truck Accidents

Runnemede, NJ - Driver Hospitalized After Being Struck by Dump Truck Tire on Rt 42

The considerably larger number of dump trucks on New jersey’s roadways in recent years is an obvious contributor to the higher number of injuries caused by them. Accidents involving dump trucks can, however, also be caused by:

  • Poorly trained truck drivers
  • Truck rollovers that occur due to overloaded truck beds 
  • Improperly secured or unsecured cargo
  • Reduced visibility and huge blind spots 
  • Drivers who are sleep-deprived 
  • Drivers who are not paying attention to their surroundings
  • Performing driving maneuvers that are unsafe due to the truck’s size  
  • Failing to yield/Improperly entering a roadway
  • Trucks that are improperly maintained, leading to brake lights that don’t work, tires that are worn out, et al.

The injuries caused by a dump truck incident are often very serious, particularly for the inside of the smaller passenger vehicle. Dump trucks are much heavier and larger than many other vehicles, particularly when they are fully loaded and carrying heavy debris or construction materials. In addition, any remnants that fall out of the bed of the truck have the potential to cause a serious traffic collision that does not physically involve the dump truck at all.  

Dump trucks are also routinely driven backward through construction sites. This allows them to drop their cargo precisely where it needs to go. Taking into account their large blind spots and reduced lines of sight, it isn’t surprising that dump truck crashes take place with such disconcerting frequency.   

If you were injured in a dump truck accident, you should seek the guidance of a New Jersey commercial truck accident lawyer who has years of practice in identifying all relevant rules and regulations that could influence your case.

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.

Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post. 

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.