A tractor-trailer driver was recently charged following a fatal semi-truck accident that killed three people in New Jersey. According to local police, the big rig driver made an illegal U-turn in front of a sport utility vehicle (SUV) that was carrying a family of five just after 6 pm. The 25-year-old driver of the SUV was reportedly unable to avoid the collision and struck the trailer of the commercial vehicle. Sadly, his 25-year-old wife, nine-year-old stepson, and three-month-old child were killed in the traffic wreck. Both the driver and his eight-year-old stepdaughter were allegedly trapped inside of the vehicle. After the two were extricated by emergency responders, they were hospitalized in stable condition. Although the exact cause of the fatal 18-wheeler accident is currently under investigation, the 45-year-old semi-truck driver was charged with death by automobile and is currently being held at the Mercer County Correctional Facility in lieu of a $100,000 bond.
The United States Department of Transportation's Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) claims the financial expenses related to commercial vehicle crashes across the country exceeded $89 billion in 2011. In 2010, more than 3,600 people died and about 80,000 were seriously injured in an accident that involved a big rig. Only about one-fourth of those injured and 14 percent of those killed were riding in an 18-wheeler. More than one-third of tractor-trailer accidents in 2010 were caused by a semi-truck driver. FMCSA data found that the top five accident factors were speed, failure to yield, failure to maintain the proper lane, obscured vision, and distraction or inattention.
Although this deadly crash occurred in New Jersey, fatal tractor-trailer accidents often occur on the many interstates, highways, and other roadways located in the State of New Mexico. In fact, an estimated 1,400 large truck collisions occur on state roads each year. Due to the sheer size and weight of tractor-trailers, wrecks are normally serious or deadly. An individual purportedly sustains a disabling injury in about one out of every 15 New Mexico big rig collisions and someone is tragically killed in one out of every 35 such crashes. If you were seriously injured by a careless semi-truck driver anywhere in New Mexico, you should discuss your rights with an experienced lawyer.
Do not hesitate to call the Fine Law Firm at (505) 889-3463 if you were hurt or lost a loved one in a New Mexico semi-truck accident. Our caring Santa Fe big rig wreck attorneys have more than 100 years of combined experience helping truck accident victims across the State of New Mexico recover the damages they deserve based upon the severity of their injuries. To schedule a free, confidential case evaluation with a knowledgeable advocate, please contact the Fine Law Firm through our website.
Horrific Semi Crash Highlights the Dangers of Distracted Truck Drivers in New Mexico and Nationwide, New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, August 23, 2013
Three Tragically Killed in Bernalillo Crash Involving Big Rig, New Mexico Truck Accident Lawyer Blog, August 22, 2013
Truck driver charged in deadly Lawrence Township crash, abc.golocal.com
Update: Three Dead in Route 1 Accident, Driver of Tractor Trailer Charged, by Greta Cuyler, Lawrenceville Patch
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