Being injured in a traffic collision involving a large truck can be a very traumatic experience. In this type of collision, the occupants of the smaller vehicle often suffer serious injuries while the truck driver usually walks away with little or no injuries. This is because a commercial truck can be 40 times heavier than a passenger car, which can lead to the car or any smaller vehicle absorbing a far greater force of impact during a collision.
On Oct. 3, two people sustained injuries in a motor vehicle collision involving a commercial truck and two other vehicles near the Victory Bridge. According to reports, the chain-reaction crash occurred about 2 p.m. Witnesses said a tractor trailer rear-ended a van. The van then struck another van, which smashed into a hill just in front an office building. Rescue crews found a man and a woman injured. They were sent to a local hospital with undetermined injuries.
The distance required for large trucks such as tractor trailers, 18 wheelers, and semis to stop is much greater than that of smaller vehicles. When truckers fail to leave sufficient distances between their trucks and the vehicles ahead of them, or when the brake systems of trucks fail, trucks may rear-end other vehicles.
In many rear-end accidents involving trucks, three or more vehicles are impacted in the collision. Truck rear-end accidents may result from a big rig failing to stop in time to avoid colliding with a vehicle that is slowing or has stopped in front of it, or a car crashing into the back of a large truck.
Common causes of trucks rear-ending smaller vehicles are drunk driving, fatigue, drowsy driving, sleeping behind the wheel, speeding, distracted driving, and brake failure. The federal law requires commercial trucks to use certain types of braking systems based on the weight of the vehicle. Big rigs should be able to decelerate to a stop from 20 mph at a rate that correlates to its size.
In rear-end crashes, the driver who rear-ended another vehicle is presumed at fault or the accident. People injured in a rear-end collision involving a commercial truck due to the negligence of the trucker may seek the help of a New Jersey attorney to pursue a negligence claim against the driver and the trucking company, or the manufacturer of defective truck parts or systems through a product liability claim.