A recent crash in South Brunswick between a Hyundai Elantra sedan and a box truck sent five people to the hospital, three of whom were in serious condition, according to local police.
The crash occurred at the intersection of Stults Road and Herrod Boulevard around 6:30 a.m. on a Tuesday morning. The vehicles collided in the intersection, and the box truck came to rest on top of the sedan, trapping the driver and three passengers inside the vehicle.
Fire department first responders and a towing company worked to lift the box truck off the smaller vehicle and free the passengers, who were airlifted to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick. The car’s passengers remained in critical condition throughout the afternoon, while the driver was listed as “stable.” The driver of the box truck was treated and released from the hospital the same day.
Law enforcement agencies are continuing to investigate the accident. No comments were released the day of the crash as to potential fault.
The average box truck weighs 10,000 pounds, and the shifting of cargo within the truck can change the truck’s momentum. By contrast, the average passenger vehicle weighs about 3,500 pounds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When a box truck collides with a passenger vehicle, its added weight, height, and momentum can result in an accident that causes severe injuries to everyone involved.
Determining who is at fault in a truck crash can also be complex, as the owner, maintenance company, or company that loaded the truck’s cargo may bear some or all of the responsibility for the crash even if the driver was exercising due care.
If you’ve been injured in a car or truck accident, you may be able to seek compensation, particularly if another party’s negligence caused the crash. To learn more, contact Garber Law today by calling (856) 281-1480 for our New Jersey office, or (866) 556-2962 for our Pennsylvania office or by filing out our convenient online contact form.
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