Paterson – Truck Overturns and Spills Fuel on I-80

Paterson – Truck Overturns and Spills Fuel on I-80 >

Date Published: 2020/04/13

Police are still investigating the crash that caused a truck to overturn on I-80 in Paterson Friday morning, April 10.

According to reports from the preliminary investigation, a truck was traveling on the eastbound lanes of I-80 at around 10 a.m. when the truck driver lost control of the truck, causing it to overturn near the Route 46 ramp.

About 50 gallons of diesel fuel then spilled onto the roadway, forcing emergency responders to close the ramp as Hazmat crews conducted cleanup.

The truck driver sustained minor injuries from the crash but refused medical attention.

We’re glad no one was seriously hurt in this crash. We hope the driver recovers from his injuries as quickly as possible.

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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