New Jersey

New Jersey, 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.

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Or contact me online. All information is kept confidential. I will not accept a case in a state where I'm not ethically permitted under the circumstances.

For Lawyers

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.

Speaking Engagements

Michael Leizerman regularly engages 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

Trucking Laws

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.


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.

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I am honored that West Thompson—the world’s largest publisher of legal books—asked me to write this multi-volume book on truck accident law in 2004. I had already begun the project for my own reference. My book includes the federal regulations that are the same in each state for interstate tractor-trailer crashes, as well as state law that differs in areas, like whether there are monetary limits or “caps” in the lawsuit, whether you can receive punitive damages, and the varying technical requirements for filing a lawsuit.