Tractor-Trailer Toppled in Rollover Crash on Interstate 78
A recent accident in Warren County resulted in delays on local roads. The accident occurred in a construction zone where existing closures had already slowed traffic. Read more about the accident below, and contact an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney if you’ve been hurt in a construction zone crash.
Rollover crash causes backup
The accident occurred mid-morning on I-78 heading west, near Milepost 6.4 in Greenwich Township. For reasons that were not immediately clear, a large commercial truck rolled over onto its driver’s side. The truck blocked the right lane of I-78 while emergency personnel responded to the crash, checked the driver for injuries, and righted the truck. The crash occurred in a construction zone that stretched from Exit 4 in Stewartsville to Exit 33 in Bernards Township, encompassing both sides of the interstate.
Construction zones pose risk of rollover crashes
Roads under construction can be perilous places to drive for many reasons, including the presence of large moving pieces of heavy machinery and the damage to roads these machines can leave behind, as well as gravel and construction materials left in the roadway. Debris and loose gravel are particularly dangerous due to their propensity to cause tire tripping and rollover accidents. When vehicles—especially those with high centers of gravity, such as large commercial box trucks—drive over loose materials, the materials cause the tires to lose contact with the road underneath and can make the vehicle lose balance. This is known as “tripping.” If the vehicle is unable to regain contact with the road, it may end up involved in a rollover accident.
Liability for construction zone crashes possible
While the driver involved in the recent incident in Greenwich Township escaped injury, rollovers are some of the deadliest types of accidents on American roads. Municipalities or state offices carrying out roadway construction projects have a duty to keep the road free from debris and other hazards that unwitting drivers could hit, resulting in a major accident. Drivers who are injured while passing through construction zones may have a claim for money damages when the government failed to uphold its responsibility to keep roads reasonably safe.
If you’ve been injured in a New Jersey construction zone crash, find out if you’re a good candidate to file a claim for money damages based on your injuries, and contact the seasoned and effective personal injury lawyer Andrew R. Jacobs for a free consultation at 973-532-9681.