Stopping at a red light is a basic traffic rule for all drivers in Newark, New Jersey. For commercial truck drivers who are considered more experienced, this regulation should be considered extremely elementary. However, sometimes drivers run red lights, and truck drivers are sadly no exception.

No one could have foreseen the deadly truck collision that ended the life of a 50-year-old woman in New Jersey. According to the accident investigation, the victim’s car was stopped at a red light on Route 9 South in Middlesex County when a tractor-trailer rear-ended her vehicle. The impact of the collision pushed the car a quarter of a mile down the road. The car then caught fire, killing the victim inside. The autopsy report regarding the woman’s death was not immediately available. However, the authorities made progress regarding the investigation of the truck accident.

Reportedly, the 49-year-old driver of the tractor-trailer was taken into custody. Police believed that impairment is a contributing factor in the crash. A toxicology report showed that the truck driver was under the influence of a controlled substance when the deadly accident occurred. The truck driver is facing charges of aggravated manslaughter.

The truck accident victim‘s family continued to grieve with the death of their loved one as they wait for the verdict of the case.

Based on the statistic released by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, nearly 400,000 trucks are associated with motor-vehicle crashes every year. Of these figures, 18 percent are rear-end collisions. Additionally, a commercial truck rear-ending a passenger vehicle is more common in these types of rear-end accidents.

The outcome of a rear-end accident involving a commercial truck can be devastating, particularly if the crash ends with a loss of life. In such a case, a wrongful death lawsuit filed against the truck driver may compensate for the family’s loss.

Source: New Jersey News Room, “UPDATE: Truck Driver Charged with Death of Heidi Bennett of Freehold, NJ,” Tricia Bogan, April 23, 2014