with its many miles of busy interstate highways, is home to one of the worst
truck accident rates in the country. Trucks on interstate freeways such as
I-95, I-76, I-287 and I-80, bound for major metropolitan areas such New York
City, Newark, Trenton and various East Coast urban markets, keep traffic in the
Garden State congested. That traffic leads to a high rate of fatal and
non-fatal accidents involving commercial vehicles. In fact, more than 6,500 truck accidents occur
on New Jersey roads every year. If you've been injured, or if a family was
injured or killed in an accident involving a commercial truck in New Jersey,
contact an attorney with the experience to ensure that your best interests are
served. Contact Michael today to discuss your potential personal injury case.
I regularly engage in continuing legal education presentations around the country, including the following events in or near New Jersey:
- Railroad Law section of ATLA, Boston (July 5, 2004)
Topic: Representing The Train Crew Against The Railroad And The Trucking Company
- American Association for Justice National Convention, New York (July 11, 2011)
Topic: Persuasion At Trial From Aristotle To fMRI
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (Title 49, Parts 350-399) govern all vehicles engaged in interstate traffic.
There are some situations where a tractor-trailer or other commercial motor vehicle is involved in only intrastate travel. For example, an appliance store in Trenton may own a truck that only makes in-state deliveries.
The New Jersey Department of Public Safety has adopted Title 49, Parts 382, 383, 384, 390, 391, 392, 393, 394, 395, 396, 397, 398, and 399 of the federal regulations.
For an overview of laws that affect trucks operating only in New Jersey, visit our New Jersey Trucking Laws page.
Your truck accident case may be larger than you think. My experience often enables me to maximize awards, well beyond what the co-counsel originally expected. My book Litigating Truck Accident Cases, published by West Publishing, is considered the definitive work on handling truck accident cases. Contact me if you are seeking co-counsel on your case.
Fatal Truck Accidents: 70 per year
Non-Fatal Truck Accidents: 6,576 per year
Accident Locales: 17%(Rural), 83%(Urban)
Carrier Fact: 38% of New Jersey's truck accidents involve carriers whose principle place of business is not New Jersey.
In 93% of New Jersey truck accidents, weather conditions were NOT a factor.
Interstate 95: On its route from Florida to Maine, I-95 spends 77 of its nearly 2,000 miles in the state of New Jersey where it largely follows the main route of the New Jersey Turnpike including the pike's northern continuation to the George Washington Bridge that links New Jersey with Manhattan.
Interstate 295: Running parallel with the New Jersey turnpike for most of its time in the state, I-295 provides a bypass route from a junction with I-95 in Wilmington, Delaware to another in Trenton, New Jersey.
Interstate 76: I-76 runs from Ohio to New Jersey where it enters at the Walt Whitman Bridge. I-76 ends at 1-295 (see above), but its route continues via the Atlantic City Expressway into Atlantic City.
Interstate 195: Contained entirely within the state of New Jersey, I-195 is a 34-mile auxiliary route running from Trenton to Wall Township.
Interstate 287: Serving northern New Jersey as a Beltway around Manhattan, I-287 is a horseshoe-shaped route sometimes referred to as the Middlesex Freeway.
Interstate 80: Spanning America's east-west girth from San Francisco to New York, I-80 is a behemoth that spends just 68 miles in New Jersey from the Delaware Water Gap to Teaneck.
Interstate 78: Known in New Jersey as the Phillipsburg-Newark Expressway and the Newark Bay Extension, I-78 spends 66 miles in the state spanning the gap from the Pennsylvania state line to the Holland Tunnel, which links New Jersey and Manhattan.