Middlesex County and New Jersey Trial Lawyers BLOG

6,000 Gallons Of Milk Spilt In Truck Accident

Posted on April 21, 2014 by Spevack Law Firm

One of the most frustrating things about tractor-trailer accidents is the lengthy cleanup required, especially when the tractor-trailer is carrying liquid cargo. When a tanker crashes and spills its cargo on the roadway, the potential for a chain reaction car accident is increased. In avoiding spilt cargo, other motorists may swerve out of the way and into each other or a ditch. If they do not swerve out of the way, they could lose control driving over liquid cargo. Quite recently, a New Jersey roadway was flooded with milk. It sounds harmless, but a thin layer of any liquid on a highway can cause motorists to lose control and crash. At approximately 3:29 a.m. on the morning of Monday, April 7, a tanker carrying 6,000 gallons of milk was driving through Mahwah, New Jersey on Route 287. As the tanker approached mile-marker 64.9, the 26-year-old driver lost control of the…
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Drunk Truck Driver Nearly Engulfed In Flames

Posted on April 14, 2014 by Spevack Law Firm

Alcohol affects a driver’s ability to accurately discern distances and slows their reaction time significantly. Drunk driving is dangerous enough when the driver is behind the wheel of a standard sized automobile; however, a drunk driver behind the wheel of a large tractor-trailer is a recipe for disaster. Tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 60 tons, making them very unwieldy in emergency situations, even with a sober driver. On Sunday, April 7, a 45-year-old truck driver was heading down Route 173 near mile-marker six in Bethlehem, New Jersey when he lost control of the vehicle. The tractor-trailer rolled onto its side, taking a row of power lines down with it. Either sparks from the power lines or simply the impact of the roll ignited the engine compartment. Thankfully, two New Jersey policemen were on patrol near Route 173 around the time of the accident. They found the driver stuck inside…
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Can The City Be Liable For A Pedestrian Accident?

Posted on April 7, 2014 by Spevack Law Firm

The first question on a pedestrian’s mind after they have been hit by a motorist is: who is responsible? Surprisingly, there are more avenues for legal action than simply seeking compensation from the perpetrator. Of course, the perpetrator is an obvious starting point for making an injury claim, but depending on the circumstances, the local municipality can also be found liable for the accident. A local municipality can be found liable for a pedestrian accident if the collision was contingent on ineffective street design or traffic control devices. For example, if a stop light was malfunctioning and a pedestrian was hit crossing the street under the false assumption that oncoming traffic would stop, then the city can be found liable. Similarly, if a motorist changing a flat tire is hit by an oncoming vehicle because the shoulder was too narrow, then the city can also be found liable. According to…
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