CRANBURY, NY – An Amazon Prime shipping truck struck the back of a vehicle on the New Jersey Turnpike Friday night, killing a young boy and injuring four others in the accident.
The crash occurred at approximately 11:00 p.m. on Friday, June 24. According to NJ.com, New York trucker Euclides R. Santos, 53, was driving an Amazon Prime tractor-trailer south on the New Jersey Turnpike. Santos crashed into the back of another car traveling south near mile marker 69 in Cranbury.
State Trooper Charles Marchan reported that a 1-year-old boy riding in the car was pronounced dead on the scene of the accident. A 3-year-old boy who was also a passenger in the vehicle sustained serious injuries during the collision. The police have not released the names of either of the children.
The car’s driver Kazara P. Leacock, 24, and another passenger, 61-year-old Cheryl Leacock, were also injured in the accident. However, the police report that their injuries were not life-threatening.
The truck’s driver Euclides Santos was severely injured in the crash, but police expect that he will survive the incident. All of the crash victims were rushed to a local hospital for treatment.
Trooper Marchan reports that the crash is still under investigation.
Driver Error in Truck Crashes
Commercial truck drivers take on an important responsibility every time they get on the road. They have to drive carefully and follow safety standards to ensure that they do not put other drivers at risk. Commercial trucks are much larger and heavier than other cars on the road, which makes them more difficult to maneuver and control. This puts large trucks at greater risk of causing a serious or even life-threatening accident.
In 2018, 4,136 people across the United States were killed in an accident involving a large truck. Occupants in standard vehicles make up 67% of the people killed in these trucking accidents. These statistics demonstrate the danger that other cars on the road face when they are driving near a large truck.
Even if you do everything in your power to keep yourself and your loved ones safe while in the car, you can never control other driver’s actions. When a truck driver behaves carelessly or demonstrates negligence while driving, they are significantly more likely to cause an accident. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, driver errors cause 87% of commercial trucking accidents. Some of the most common of these dangerous behaviors include:
- Falling asleep at the wheel
- Driving while fatigued
- Distracted driving
- Driving too close to other vehicles
- Failing to obey road signs
- Taking tight turns
The fact remains that many accidents could be prevented if truck drivers exercise proper care and caution. However, tight delivery deadlines, long hours, and other work-related pressures may encourage truck drivers to make poor decisions on the road. No matter the reason, truck driver negligence is inexcusable, and this driver must pay the price for their actions.
Contact a New York Commercial Truck Accident Lawyer
If a reckless or negligent truck driver injured you or a loved one, you may be eligible to receive significant compensation for the losses you’ve incurred and pain you’ve endured. You need to contact the New York commercial truck accident lawyers at Oresky & Associates PLLC as soon as possible after your accident.
Our skilled attorneys will develop a personalized legal strategy to meet your needs, so you can receive the maximum compensation available. Start work on your injury claim right now by calling Oresky & Associated PLLC for a free consultation on your case.