Summit, NJ – David M. Baum Killed, Several Critical After Six-Vehicle Crash on Rt 24

Summit, NJ – David M. Baum Killed, Several Critical After Six-Vehicle Crash on Rt 24

Summit, NJ (May 20, 2022) – A Tesla driver was killed during a multi-vehicle crash involving a tractor-trailer on Route 24 on Thursday, May 19th in Summit.   

According to a New Jersey State Police Trooper, at about 2:00 p.m., 57-year-old David M. Baum, a resident of Short Hills, was driving in the righthand lane in the eastbound lanes of the highway when his Tesla was hit by a Volvo tractor-trailer, resulting in a chain-reaction collision near mile marker 9.

The impact caused the Tesla to crash into a Toyota Venza, which, in turn, collided with a Hyundai, which ran into a Dodge Ram.

Baum was pronounced dead at the scene due to the severity of his injuries. 

The driver of the Hyundai was transported by medical helicopter to University Hospital trauma center in Newark in serious condition. Everyone else involved in the collision sustained moderate injuries and was taken by ambulances to various area hospitals. The precise number of victims was not made available.

Fire crews on the scene worked to extricate three people.

Summit Fire Department was assisted at the scene by the Summit Volunteer First Aid Squad and the Summit Police Department. Springfield and Millburn fire departments also responded to the scene along with Springfield EMS and Atlantic Health, Millburn.

The cause of the crash is under investigation by the New Jersey State Police.

We would like to offer our deepest condolences to the family of the deceased victim, Mr. David M. Baum, at this time. Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families in hopes of a full recovery.

Regulation Violations That Cause Truck Accidents in New Jersey

Summit, NJ - David M. Baum Killed, Several Critical After Six-Vehicle Crash on Rt 24

It is not at all unusual for tractor-trailers involved in collisions with other vehicles to be in violation of a federal or state regulation created expressly for the safety of the truck operator and for those with whom he is sharing the roadway.

A few of the regulations that are central to a truck driver being able to safely operate his vehicle are: 

  • Hours of Service Regulations: A lack of sleep can make driving any vehicle quite dangerous, particularly when the exhausted motorist is at the wheel of an 80,000-pound tractor-trailer. This is why hours of service regulations were created by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration; to stop truck drivers from operating a potentially lethal vehicle while they are overly tired.
  • Weight and Size Limits: A reference guide distinct to the state of New Jersey covers the width, length, height, and weight limits by which tractor-trailers that operate within the state are bound. For example, tractor-trailers cannot be any more than eight feet wide on highways and eight feet six inches wide on specified network routes. All oversized trucks, irrespective of their classification, cannot be taller than 13 feet six inches high on state highways.
  • Alcohol and Drug Testing Requirements: Driving while under the influence is also dangerous. Drugs and alcohol make it tough to respond to unforeseen situations in a timely manner or to show good judgment, making the mandatory drug testing of truck drivers fundamental to everyone’s safety.

If you were injured in a tractor-trailer collision and you feel operator negligence played a role, contact our tractor-trailer injury 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.