Robbinsville, NJ – Wilbert Normand Killed in Double Tractor-Trailer Collision on NJ Tpk

Robbinsville, NJ – Wilbert Normand Killed in Double Tractor-Trailer Collision on NJ Tpk

Robbinsville, NJ (May 11, 2022) – State police confirmed that a truck operator from Delaware was killed in a collision on the New Jersey Turnpike, on Tuesday, May 10th. 

At about 2:30 p.m., 50-year-old Wilbert Normand was driving a Western Star tractor hauling a flatbed trailer in the southbound lanes of the New Jersey Turnpike in Robbinsville when his truck and a Kenworth tractor-trailer collided with one another in the area of mile marker 59.9.

The force of the impact pushed the Western Star into the righthand concrete barrier and the lefthand guardrail, causing a load of sheetrock on its trailer to come dislodged and spill across part of the roadway. 

Normand, a resident of Wilmington, DE., died at the scene.

The condition of the other truck operator is unknown.

This crash is under investigation.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. Wilbert Normand, at this time.

Regulation Violations That Cause Truck Accidents in New Jersey

Robbinsville, NJ - Wilbert Normand Killed in Double Tractor-Trailer Collision on NJ Tpk

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.
  • 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.
  • 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.

If you were injured in a commercial truck accident and you feel operator negligence had something to do with it, contact our commercial truck accident lawyers in New Jersey at (800) 469-6478 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.