Do you pay attention to the overpass clearance warnings on highways? Well, imagine this—you are driving down the expressway when all of the sudden objects start flying at you in the roadway.
Scarily, last month, this happened to two men in New Jersey when they were trapped in a delivery van after a tractor-trailer carrying a crane hit an overpass. Concrete and other parts of the structure ended up falling on top of their van between Harmon Meadow Boulevard and I-495, in Secaucus.
The two men needed to be extracted by firefighters from the van following the crash. “It’s an absolute miracle that they survived,” Secaucus Mayor Michael Gonnelli said, according to NJ.com. “This is one of the worst (entrapments) I’ve seen.”
The two men had to be airlifted to a local hospital for injury treatment. The tractor-trailer involved in the accident belonged to DiFama Concrete, of Brooklyn, New York. An investigation into the crash is ongoing.
Filing a Lawsuit Following a Truck Accident
Remember, truck drivers have a duty to pay attention to their surroundings. This is why state and federal agencies post clearance heights on bridges, to warn about low overpasses.
As the accident above shows, drivers who attempt to clear low overpasses can cause catastrophic accidents. Aside from death, crashes can result in broken bones, spinal cord injuries and brain injuries. All of these injuries require medical care that can be costly.
Keep in mind, according to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), in 2012, there were an estimated 333,000 tractor-trailer accidents in the U.S. Some of these wrecks involved crashes with overpasses, which are completely avoidable.
Remember, if you suffer personal injuries due to a transportation company or driver’s negligence, you could seek damages. Speak to an attorney—money obtained through a lawsuit can help pay for costly rehabilitation and therapy.
Donald G. Targan & Associates – Atlantic City Injury Attorneys