• June 02, 2017

Brian Claussen Killed, Two Injured in Accident in Woodbridge, NJ

Woodbridge, NJ -- A crash between a passenger vehicle and a semi-truck claimed the life of 27-year-old Brian Claussen Wednesday, May 31, 2017.

According to reports, Mr. Claussen's vehicle was traveling near Route 440 and Route 9. For reasons unclear a tractor-trailer moving trash from a construction site tipped over, landing on Mr. Claussen's vehicle.

The report claims the truck careened to the left, struck a curb, and went up an embankment. A second vehicle was also crushed in the incident.

The exact cause of the incident remains under investigation.

More information may be forthcoming.

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Commentary

Over the years, I've seen a lot of misinformation and ridiculous claims made by the media, but to call this a "freak accident" is a strong contender for most foolish. Short of the curb jumping up in front of the semi-truck and intentionally tipping it over, to claim this was anything other than the fault of the truck driver is borderline insanity. I can't claim to have insider information on this crash, but I would venture to guess the curb in no way conspired to claim this man's life.

Every single person driving our roadways bears the responsibility to reasonably and safely operate our motor vehicles. This means not allowing a curb to "magically" topple our vehicles and to avoid "freak accidents" at all costs.

This was no "freak accident." This was a driver who for whatever reason, failed to their job properly. Even the police Sergeant at the scene of the crash claims this isn't a turn that is notably dangerous. A "freak accident?" Let's just call it what it is. This was another incident where a driver simply wasn't doing their job.

It's one thing for the media to run with this sorry trope, but when the trucking company gloms onto such foolishness and makes it the centerpiece of their defense, the end result could be victims and their families being dealt a losing hand long before a jury makes their decision.

Now I know there's little we can do to change the way media outlets report truck accidents. However, we can stop trucking companies from running roughshod over victims and their families by employing such laughable arguments. We don't have to sit idly by while trucking companies spoon feed juries tales of "magical" curbs toppling their vehicles.

The most effective way to push back against such misconceptions is to present the facts. Fact in the case of truck accidents translates to evidence. With appropriate evidence, the ludicrousness foisted upon the general public by trucking companies and media outlets gets dragged out in the light of day, and is revealed as nothing more than an absurd sham.

--Grossman Law Offices

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