Date Published: 2020/04/22
Firefighters rushed to a location on Route 80 after a truck caught fire on the highway Monday morning, April 20.
According to reports from the preliminary investigation, a truck driver was traveling on the westbound lanes of Route 80 at around 7:50 a.m. when the truck ignited near mile marker 44.
The truck driver was able to pull over and escape from the burning rig, only suffering minor injuries from the accident. Emergency responders treated the driver for minor burns at the location.
Police advised motorists to expect minor delays on the highway.
We are glad no one was seriously hurt in this accident. We hope the truck driver is able to recover from his injuries quickly and wish he makes a full recovery.
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