Bloomsbury, NJ – Seven Injured When Tractor-Trailer Plows Through Traffic on Rt 78NY/NJ Legal News
Bloomsbury, NJ (July 28, 2022) – A 4-year-old boy and a toddler were just two of the seven people who were injured when a truck driver lost control and bulldozed its way through traffic in Hunterdon County on Monday, July 25th.
The pile-up accident took place at about 4:25 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of Route 78 near Exit 7 when a 2019 Kentworth tractor-trailer crashed into the back of a Mazda CX-5, propelling into a guardrail on the lefthand side of the roadway.
A tire that came off of the Mazda during the impact struck a Kia Sorrento.
The driver of the Mazda, a 35-year-old woman from Mount Laurel, and the truck operator, a 50-year-old man from Athens, GA., both sustained serious injuries.
The Mazda’s passengers, 1-year-old and 4-year-old boys sustained moderate injuries.
After the crash, the tractor-trailer continued on, rear-ending a 2007 Freightliner, then striking a 2015 Freightliner box truck and shoving it into a guardrail. The tractor-trailer then hit the 2007 Freightliner a second time.
The eastbound lanes of Route 78 were shut down for more than three hours. Both directions were closed for a time to allow a medical helicopter to land.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Tractor-Trailer Accidents in New Jersey
Commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers, tanker trucks, and auto transporters, are federally regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and subjected to state regulations set by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission. These regulations concern issues like weight, height, and the securing of freight.
It is not uncommon for commercial trucks involved in accidents to be in violation of a state or federal regulation designed specifically with the safety of the operator and those with whom he is sharing the road in mind.
Some of the regulations that play a crucial role in a truck driver’s ability to safely operate his vehicle include:
- Weight and Size Limits: There is a reference guide specific to New Jersey that covers the height, length, width, and weight limits that apply to commercial trucks that operate within the state. For instance, commercial trucks may not be wider than eight feet across on highways and eight feet six inches on designated network routes. All commercial vehicle combinations and types may not be more than 13 feet six inches high on state highways.
- Alcohol and Drug Testing Requirements: Driving while impaired is also exceptionally dangerous. Alcohol and drugs make it difficult to react to unexpected situations in time or to exercise sound judgment, making the compulsory testing of truck operators essential to everyone’s safety.
The FMCSA mandates drug testing at varied times in an effort to stop impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. For instance, drivers are required to pass a drug test prior to operating a commercial truck. A drug test is mandatory after a collision that involves severe or life-changing injuries and/or death.
- Hours of Service Regulations: Fatigued driving is extremely dangerous, especially when the exhausted driver is behind the wheel of a commercial truck. For this reason, the FMCSA has instituted hours of service regulations to stop truck operators from operating a vehicle when they are overly tired.
If you were injured in a commercial truck accident and you feel operator negligence had something to do with it, contact a commercial truck accident lawyer at Metro Law in New Jersey at (800) 469-6476 to see what legal options are open to you.
Notes: Outside sources were used in the creation of this post including news bulletins and first-hand accounts of the accident and injuries involved. As a result, the details of the accident presented have not been independently verified. If you have identified any false information in the story or would like the post to be removed, please inform us immediately, and we will correct the information or remove the post.
Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, we at Metro Law strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for everyone who lives in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that through an awareness of these dangers, those in our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a solicitation for business, and this information should not be misconstrued as medical or legal advice. We wish only the best and quickest recovery to all those involved in the accident. The photos depicted in this post are not from the actual accident scene.