Pickup Trucks and Accidents
John Nunn, a 27-year-old man of Washington, was driving his pickup truck early Sunday morning, approximately 2:30 am on February 6, 2022, on Route 57, when he tried to pass two other cars and lost control of his truck. He hit a mailbox and stone pillar, causing his truck to roll over and crash into a house. Authorities said that Nunn was ejected from the truck during the crash and sustained only minor injuries.
Nunn’s passenger, Tyler Balog, a 24-year-old man, died at the crash site. The homeowners were inside their home when the truck crashed into it. Ms. Terry, one of the homeowners, was in the bedroom during the crash and suffered serious injuries.
The homeowners will be conducting an independent investigation into the accident. The damage to their home was so severe that it will need to be demolished and then rebuilt.
Pickup Trucks Are More Likely to Cause Rollover Accidents Than Other Motor Vehicles
Rollover crashes are especially more violent than other types of vehicle crashes. While pickup trucks, categorized as light trucks, are smaller than other trucks, they are still significantly larger than standard passenger vehicles and are more likely to inflict more severe injuries, property damage, and death.
According to an NHTSA study, while all vehicles are at risk for rollover crashes under the right circumstances, pickup trucks, in particular, have an increased risk of rolling over during crashes. Because of their weight and higher center of gravity when compared to standard passenger cars, pickup trucks are also more susceptible to rollover crashes when rounding a curve, particularly when traveling at higher speeds.
The NHTSA study likewise found that most fatal rollovers involved positive and high BACs (blood alcohol concentration). In addition, speeding was a crucial factor in the vast majority of fatal rollovers. Also, most rollover crashes occur on roadways where the posted speed limits are 55 miles per hour or higher.
Common injuries resulting from rollover crashes involving pickup trucks include the following:
- Crushing injuries, including crushed limbs and internal organs
- Multiple bone fractures
- Severe lacerations
- Spinal cord injuries
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
Contact a Skilled New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Now
If you have been injured or a loved one was killed in a pickup truck accident due to someone else’s negligent actions, discussing your case with an experienced New Jersey personal injury lawyer is a vital first step to learning about your legal rights and options for compensation. Reach out to Leonard Legal Group by calling our office at 973-984-1414 or filling out our online form to set up your free case review with our New Jersey personal injury lawyers today. Scott Leonard is a board-certified civil trial attorney and has been handling car crash cases for over twenty five years.