If the topic of a motor-vehicle accident comes up, people may conjure an image about what may have caused the wreck. Driver error, distracted driving, drunk driving or other issues may be common topics for discussion in the aftermath of an accident. Certainly these issues are commonly involved. But, motor-vehicle accident investigations often need to focus on the complete picture.
Product defect issues that can cause an accident may not be noticed until more than one (or many) wrecks are looked at to find a previously undetected link between crashes. Road debris, or objects falling out of the back of a vehicle, may be involved in an individual crash.
Take for instance the story of a tie-up on the New Jersey Turnpike this week. A man suffered serious injuries when several vehicles slammed into each other on the turnpike. The serious injury accident victim is a truck driver who was trapped inside his rig in the accident. Emergency responders were able to rescue the man—he was flown to an area hospital for treatment after the turnpike accident Wednesday in Cherry Hill, New Jersey.
New Jersey State Police believe that the wreck began when the rim from a tractor-trailer fell off the rig as the truck was traveling northbound on the turnpike around 8:00 Wednesday morning. That rim bounded into another tractor trailer, sending the second rig into a frenzy, resulting in the tractor trailer overturning, according to WPVI Action News.
Two other passenger vehicles were caught up in the turnpike truck accident. Authorities say that it appears that the trucker whose rig was struck by the bounding rim is the only person to suffer injury in the accident. It is not clear from the news report what caused the rim to fall from the truck in the first place.
Source: WPVI Action News, “2 trucks, 2 cars involved in New Jersey Turnpike crash,” Jan. 29, 2014