NJ.com reports that Tyler Brown, a 17-year-old man from Gloucester County, was killed after the pickup truck he was a passenger in was struck by a tractor-trailer last Friday. The accident occurred around 11:30 p.m. in Middleton, Delaware on
Police told NBC Philadelphia that the 17-year-old man driving the pickup truck attempted to cross U.S. Route 301 when he pulled into the path of a tractor-trailer traveling northbound. The tractor-trailer struck the front passenger side where Brown was seated, causing the pickup to spin out of control. The impact of the collision also caused the tractor-trailer to tip over, NBC reported.
Brown survived the initial impact and was rushed to the hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries, NJ.com reports.
The pickup driver was taken to the hospital in critical condition. A female passenger in the pickup was injured and was listed in serious condition.
The tractor-trailer driver and his passenger were also injured but their condition is unknown.
This accident demonstrates how deadly a collision with a large commercial truck can be for passenger-vehicle motorists and truck drivers alike. Car accidents may be more common than commercial truck accidents, but a collision with these large and heavy trucks are twice as likely to be fatal according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration.
When we speak of truck accidents, we usually think of the effects these accidents have on passenger vehicle motorists, but they aren’t the only victims. Truck drivers often suffer deadly or life-changing injuries at the hands of negligent and careless passenger vehicle motorists. Truck drivers like accident victims incur exorbitant medical bills; they lose wages, and some are injured so severely they become temporarily or permanently disabled.
Truck drivers who are considered independent contractors aren’t eligible for workers’ compensation, so they and their passengers need to speak with an accident attorney in New Jersey to discuss their choices they have to recover compensation for the expenses they incur.
If you or a loved one is in a truck accident, contact one of the lawyers at USAttorneys to investigate your accident and build your personal injury or wrongful death claim. Determining cause and identifying the party or parties involved is a difficult to do, but our team of practiced attorneys in are up to the task.
USAttorneys recommends truck accident victims in Trenton contact the law offices of Gaylord & Popp to help with your case. The have a compassionate team of lawyers who will champion for your rights and will fight to get you the full settlement amount warranted.
If you are a truck driver and was injured in an accident but you aren’t covered by workers’ compensation, USAttorneys urges you to contact a truck accident lawyer. You can discuss the details of your case and the options you have for recovering compensation for your medical expenses, loss of wages and emotional distress.