Oakland: Tractor-Trailer Jackknifes on I-287 Southbound

Oakland: Tractor-Trailer Jackknifes on I-287 Southbound >

Date Published: 2020/04/14

New Jersey State Police are looking into the circumstances surrounding a jackknifed tractor-trailer on I-287 that left a driver with minor injuries Monday morning, April 13.

According to the initial investigation, the truck driver was traveling on the southbound lanes of I-287 at around 9 a.m. and was about to take Exit 57 to Skyline Drive when the tractor-trailer started to jackknife.

The driver sustained a minor leg injury from the crash and was treated at the scene by emergency responders.

Three lanes were blocked by the jackknifed trailer and traffic was directed to use the shoulder lane.

We’re glad no one was seriously injured in this incident. We hope the truck driver is able to recover from his injuries quickly.

Vehicular Accidents

Vehicular crashes are one of the most common causes of injuries and fatalities in the state of New Jersey. In a report published by the New Jersey State Police Fatal Accidents Investigation Unit, there were 591 recorded fatal crashes that occurred in 2017, which caused 624 fatalities.

In 158 of the 591 crashes, Driving While Intoxicated (alcohol and/or drugs) was listed as the major contributing factor. There were 174 people killed as a result of these 158 crashes. Speeding was another major contributing factor to these crashes being listed as a factor in 61 of the crashes. Driving while distracted seems to be the biggest factor as it was listed as a cause for 196 crashes.

We urge drivers to observe and follow the laws while driving, and to remain focused while driving so that they can react accordingly to situations that may suddenly pop up on the roadway. Drivers should be more careful when driving while visibility is low, and they should also check their car before going on the roadway. Being more diligent and prepared can help lessen accidents on the roads of New Jersey.

Written by: Brach Eichler Injury Lawyers
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