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Three-vehicle wreck in New Jersey injures 1

A South Brunswick traffic accident involving a semi-truck and two cars left one person with injuries requiring hospitalization, authorities said. The June 17 crash reportedly took place in the southbound lanes of Route 1.

Authorities stated that a 43-year-old man was driving a semi-truck at approximately 35 miles per hour when he failed to notice that the traffic in front of him had decelerated. Reportedly, the 43-year-old trucker was distracted by a sandwich that he was eating. In any event, the semi-truck rear-ended a 2013 Toyota, which subsequently caromed into a 2013 BMW.

Emergency medical personnel transported the driver of the Toyota, a 65-year-old woman, to University Medical Center of Princeton at Plainsboro. Officials there did not consider the woman’s injuries to be life-threatening, authorities reported. Police issued the 43-year-old trucker a summons for following too closely and careless driving.

Car accidents are innately dangerous, but their potential for catastrophe increases when large trucks are involved. The injuries that result from these accidents do not always become fully manifest until days or weeks after the incident, and they often inflict not just physical pain but also a financial toll on those who suffer them. This toll is due to hospital bills, medical expenses, rehabilitation costs and other economic burdens of that nature.

However, victims of truck accidents may seek financial compensation for these damages by filing a personal injury claim against the party whose actionable behavior caused the accident, such as a distracted driver. By retaining a personal injury lawyer whose counsel and resources may help prove to a civil court that the distracted driver should be held responsible for the accident, victims may be awarded restitution for their injury-related damages. Moreover, they may receive compensation for lost wages if their injuries proved to be disabling.

Source: nj.com, “Distracted by sandwich, truck driver in South Brunswick slams into traffic“, Brian Amaral, June 17, 2014

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