East Windsor, NJ (February 7th, 2022) – A serious motor vehicle accident happened on the New Jersey Turnpike just after 6:30 a.m. The accident occurred in the area of milepost 65.5, southbound lanes.

According to New Jersey State Police, it appears that a vehicle rear-ended a semi-truck. First responders from Hightstown Fire Company and the Robbinsville Township Fire Department worked for 30 minutes to extricate the occupant that was entrapped in the wreckage. A tow truck company by the name of Treats Garage helped pull the vehicle back far enough so that firefighters could pull the victim out of the vehicle.

The victim was rushed to the Capital Health Regional Medical Center’s Trauma Center in Trenton.

Based on an incident update provided by a public information officer from the New Jersey State Police, State Troopers responded to reports of a multi-vehicle accident that happened on the southbound lanes of the Turnpike. Based on preliminary investigations, it was revealed that a large commercial truck was heading south followed by a Nissan Rogue. A second semi-truck was halted on the Turnpike’s right shoulder as it was reportedly disabled. Near the area of milepost 65.5, the front of the Nissa crashed with the rear of the first semi-truck and then collided with the rear of the second semi-truck.

The Nissan’s driver has been identified as 23-year-old Peter J. Pascalli. Mr. Pascalli suffered catastrophic injuries and was rushed to the hospital for treatment.

The case remains under investigation. Authorities have not yet determined the cause of the accident.

Traffic accidents involving large commercial trucks often cause serious injuries for the occupants of smaller passenger vehicles. When a victim survives an accident involving a commercial truck, it is likely that he or she will experience long-term financial distress, including high medical expenses, loss of employment, and loss of earning potential.

Semi-truck accidents can happen for a number of different reasons, but when the accident is caused as a result of another’s negligence, the negligent party can be held liable for the victim’s damages. Unfortunately, determining liability in a semi-truck accident is rarely easy. Trucking companies and drivers are usually equipped with teams of aggressive attorneys and insurance companies that will work hard to undermine the victim’s claims and pay out as little as possible. Still, filing a claim against a negligent party can bring justice to a victim and help him or her alleviate the financial burdens caused by the accident.

In order to successfully prove a case against a negligent party in a semi-truck accident, it is necessary to collect as much evidence as possible against the at-fault party. This means gathering witness statements, police reports, taking pictures of the scene and damage to the vehicles, and ensuring a medical record has been established. Depending on who the at-fault party is, it may be necessary to obtain driver logs, company safety guidelines, truck maintenance policies, and driver records.

The trucking industry is heavily regulated by state and federal regulations where a violation of these rules can have significant and catastrophic consequences. Sadly, truckers are often overworked and forced to rush their deliveries in order to avoid penalties. For this reason, driver fatigue is a common cause of accidents in the trucking industry. Operating a large commercial truck with little sleep and rest can prove to be disastrous on a busy New Jersey Road.

Another major cause of semi-truck accidents is distracted driving. Undoubtedly, driving for extended periods of time can cause boredom, and semi-truck drivers have to face these challenges on a daily basis. In order to stay awake, many drivers turn to their cellphones to keep their minds going. Cellphones, however, are a major cause of distraction for drivers across the nation, and looking down at a message for just a few seconds can cause a catastrophic accident.

Aside from truck drivers, trucking companies are usually held responsible in semi-truck accidents, and this is because they have a responsibility to train drivers, hire capable staff, and ensure the truck is functioning properly before it can be used.

Another party that could be held responsible for a catastrophic semi-truck accident is the company that loaded the truck’s cargo. Cargo can easily move in the trailer when it is not secured properly, causing shifting weight in the vehicle. Additionally, when the truck is overloaded, this can pose a significantly higher risk of danger to anyone who gets hit by the semi-truck. Under federal guidelines, large commercial trucks may only carry up to 80,000 pounds of cargo. Anytime this number is surpassed, it can be even more difficult for a semi-truck to stop on time.

In the event of an accident involving a semi-truck, the trucking company’s insurance adjusters and attorneys will arrive on the scene almost immediately. Their purpose is to protect the interests of the trucker and trucking company, thereby working hard to undermine the claims of the victim.

If you or someone you love was recently hurt in a semi-truck accident, it is important to also take immediate action and hire an attorney who is knowledgeable on the laws concerning the freight industry and will work tirelessly to advocate on your behalf. A skilled attorney will waste no time to collect critical evidence on your behalf, speak to the insurance adjuster on your behalf, and ensure you receive maximum compensation for your injuries and losses.

The personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. understand that a semi-truck accident can have a detrimental impact on your life in more ways than one. These accidents can affect your health, emotional well-being, and leave you with mounting medical expenses. For this reason, the proficient litigators at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. work diligently to ensure their clients receive the highest compensation available so that they can focus on what is important – their health and recovery. After being injured in a large commercial truck accident, consider scheduling an appointment with Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. Complete the confidential online contact form here to get started on your case today.

The firm’s principals, Gabriel R. Lependorf and David E. Silverstein, have each been representing injured victims in the State of New Jersey for over thirty years.

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