People who live in New Jersey know that tractor-trailers and other large commercial vehicles are important in today’s economy. From delivering goods to physical stores for consumers to purchase or delivering items to warehouses for ultimate transfer to smaller vehicles for home delivery after online purchases, there are many reasons such vehicles must occupy roads also used by passenger vehicles. Commercial vehicles like buses that transport people also play a role in an active tourist industry. Unfortunately, these vehicles may contribute to some of the worst crashes around.

A recent example occurred in nearby Pennsylvania and exhibits just how horrific a single accident involving large commercial vehicles can be. According to a report by NJ.com, a bus with multiple people onboard seemed to lose control while going downhill and overturned on an embankment. The bus was subsequently hit by a semi-truck. Eventually, three big rigs and one passenger car were involved in the wreck in addition to the bus. Five people were killed in the crash and 60 more were hurt.

According to records from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, New Jersey has seen a tragic trend in the number of people killed in large truck accidents in recent years. In 2014, 74 people died in these accidents, representing 13.3% of all traffic fatalities in the state. That dropped the following year to 50 people and 8.9% but then went up again to 59 deaths comprising 9.8% of all fatalities in 2016.

Another decline in 2017 was recorded when 53 truck accident deaths accounted for 8.5% of all fatalities in the state. However, in 2018, truck accident deaths represented 16% of all vehicular deaths with 91 people dying in these accidents.