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Flying ice and snow from trucks can cause injury, damage

Accidents with commercial trucks can be extremely serious -- not just because of the sheer size and weight of these vehicles, but because of the cargo that many of them carry. In some cases, a car doesn't even have to come in contact with a truck for its occupants to be injured or killed. In other cases, an accumulation of ice and snow on the truck can be the culprit.

That's what happened during the recent storms that hit the Northeast when a Delaware man was driving his SUV on Interstate 95. South of the I-95/I-295 interchange, a piece of ice came off of a tractor trailer and pierced his windshield. As it hit his car, it took off one of his rear-view mirrors. Although he didn't suffer any injuries, the man said that he had "glass all over my lap."

The problem of ice and snow building up on vehicles and then becoming a projectile aimed at someone's car is not unheard of. The driver says that troopers told him that he wasn't even the only person that day they'd encountered that had suffered that fate.

Law enforcement officials have warned drivers "to remove snow and ice left on a vehicles hood, windows and roof, which can become a deadly projectile, creating a hazard not only for the operator of the vehicle but for all motorists on the road."

In New Jersey as well as Pennsylvania, a motorist can be fined as much as $1,000 if ice or snow cause injury or damage when it flies off a vehicle. Currently, Delaware has no such laws, even though legislation has been introduced more than once that would subject vehicle owners to such a fine.

If you've been injured or your vehicle has been damaged by something that came off of a truck or other vehicle, you have the right to seek compensation. An experienced New Jersey attorney can help determine what individuals and/or entities can and should be held responsible.

Source: ABC 6, "Ice from Truck Crashes into Driver's Windshield on I-95," Dann Cuellar, March 15, 2017

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