Springfield, NJ – One Injured When Car Underrides Tractor-Trailer, Catches Fire on I-295 at Mount Holly RdNY/NJ Legal News
Springfield, NJ (July 28, 2022) – One person was hospitalized and traffic was gridlocked for miles on Interstate 295 in Burlington County after a collision left a car wedged under a tractor-trailer on Thursday, July 28th.
According to police, the crash took place in the southbound lanes of the interstate at about 4:00 p.m. An accident, with origins that are still unknown, resulted in a passenger vehicle underriding a tractor-trailer and then going up in flames just outside of Springfield.
The immediate area was completely closed down so paramedics could access the victim and detectives examined the scorched vehicle underneath the trailer portion of the big rig.
Our thoughts are with the injured victim and their family at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Underride Accidents in New Jersey
There are two types of underride collisions, side, and rear, and both are extremely dangerous for the driver and passengers of the smaller vehicle. Underride collisions are, without a doubt, one of the most treacherous kinds of motor vehicle accidents in New Jersey irrespective of the types of vehicles involved.
In a side underride crash, the smaller vehicle collides with the side of an oversized truck or the trailer section of a tractor-trailer. This extraordinarily precarious scenario in which the automobile slips underneath the trailer can shear the top off of the car and critically disfigure, injure, behead, bisect, or otherwise kill the people inside.
This kind of underride crash can occur anytime a tractor-trailer is perpendicular to the flow of traffic and catches other drivers unaware. For example, a tractor-trailer making a turn through an intersection, a U-turn, or that has jackknifed could potentially be involuntarily involved in an underride accident.
While it seems as though an oversized commercial truck would be a difficult thing to miss, some factors could make it difficult to see, particularly if it is crossing lanes of traffic where motorists, often because of distracted driving, are not expecting it.
Sun glare and oncoming headlights shining in a driver’s eyes could make it difficult to see close-up, poorly lit objects. Poor or missing reflectors on the tractor-trailers certainly won’t help matters any. Some colors are harder to notice, especially those that blend into the background, and a stationary object is always more challenging to see than an object in motion. Basically, even massive trucks can be camouflaged on the roadway, making it tough for drivers to recognize the impending danger before it is too late.
A rear underride crash can take place for similar reasons, but trucks hauling specific kinds of freight are more prone to these collisions. Trucks transporting payloads that overhang the edge of the trailer, like long beams or lumber, are far more likely to be impacted by a smaller vehicle.
Trucks are designed to have reflective strips along the trailer’s bottom edge in addition to working taillights. Reflective triangles attached to the ends of protruding loads can help cut down on underride collisions.
If you were injured in a tractor-trailer accident, and you believe negligence played a role, contact our New Jersey underride accident attorneys at (800) 469-6476 to see what legal options are available 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.