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Falling Logs Cause Multiple Accidents in Morristown


If you have ever seen the movie “Final Destination,” you probably remember the harrowing log truck crash scene. Something similar recently happened in New Jersey, but fortunately, those involved only suffered minor injuries. Thankfully, the outcome was much better than the film.

A crash happened on the evening of March 7. A tractor-trailer was carrying logs and heading north on Interstate 287. The driver lost control, likely due to the rainy conditions, and overturned. Logs then fell off the trailer onto the southbound side of the interstate.

The logs caused multiple accidents and lane closures. Nobody was seriously injured or killed. Only minor injuries were reported. All lanes reopened the next morning.

Dangers of Log Truck Accidents

A log truck crash can be very dangerous. Here are some factors that make these accidents highly unsafe:

  • Large size and weight. Log trucks are typically large vehicles that can weigh several tons when fully loaded with logs. Their size and weight can cause severe damage to smaller vehicles in the event of a crash.
  • Cargo shift. Logs being transported on trucks can shift during transit, especially if they are not properly secured. This can lead to imbalanced loads, making the truck more difficult to control and increasing the risk of accidents, particularly during sudden maneuvers or when navigating curves.
  • Road hazards. Logs can fall off trucks onto the road, creating hazards for other vehicles, especially at high speeds. These hazards can cause accidents, particularly if drivers are unable to react in time to avoid the fallen logs.
  • Limited maneuverability. Due to their size and weight, log trucks often have limited maneuverability, especially in tight spaces or on narrow roads. This can make it challenging for drivers to navigate safely, particularly in urban areas.
  • Driver fatigue. Long hours behind the wheel, coupled with the demands of transporting heavy loads, can lead to driver fatigue. Fatigued drivers are more prone to making errors in judgment and reaction time, increasing the likelihood of accidents.
  • Poor road conditions. Log trucks often travel on rural and remote roads, which may be poorly maintained or lack adequate lighting. These factors can increase the risk of accidents, particularly in adverse weather conditions such as rain, snow, or fog.
  • Inexperienced drivers. In some cases, log truck drivers may lack adequate training or experience, which can contribute to accidents, especially when handling large vehicles carrying heavy loads.

Contact a New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyer Today

Truck accidents can be serious. When these large vehicles crash, many vehicles and occupants may be involved. The outcome is often catastrophic or deadly.

A Morristown truck accident attorney from The Law Offices of Michael P. Burakoff can help you after a crash. We know how congested New Jersey roadways can be. We also know that the size of trucks and the high speeds at which they travel can create a dangerous environment. To schedule a free consultation, fill out the online form today or call (973) 455-1567.



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