A fatal accident involving a tractor-trailer and several other vehicles resulted in three people dead and several injured in Mahwah, New Jersey. The accident, which happened on June 24, caused the closure of the northbound lanes of Interstate 287 for about 10 hours.
According to the New Jersey State Police, the fatal accident occurred when the tractor-trailer struck the driver of a disabled cement truck and a repair crew that had been dispatched to the scene to work on the broken-down vehicle. The 18-wheeler then crashed into a barrier and struck a silver Toyota Avalon occupied by a man and a woman. The tractor-trailer and the Toyota caught fire as a result of their collision.
The driver of the cement truck and two men from the repair crew were killed. The three men had been standing in front of the cement truck when the accident occurred. The injuries suffered by the man and the woman in the Toyota were described as minor. The driver of the tractor-trailer was able to escape his vehicle. Police were not sure what had caused the tractor-trailer to lose control and veer off the road.
In a case like this, it seems as though liability lies with the driver of the tractor-trailer. If it can be proven that negligence is what caused the accident, the other persons injured in the accident, as well as the families of those killed, might be able to file claims for damages. Those lawsuits might result in compensation that might cover their hospital and treatment costs and for lost wages associated with missing work due to the accident. The families of the deceased might be awarded funds that cover lost financial support the victims may have provided.
Source: CBS New York, “Northbound Lanes Of I-287 Reopened After Deadly, Multi-Vehicle Crash In Mahwah”, June 24, 2014.