Tragedy occurred Tuesday, in the early morning hours, when a pedestrian in South Brunswick was hit by two tractor-trailers. The man was pronounced dead at the scene, and the accident shut down part of Route 1 for nearly five hours and backed up rush-hour traffic almost three miles.
This incident is still under investigation and the name of the victim has yet to be released, but the unfortunate event serves as a reminder of how dangerous semi-trucks can be. Read the rest »
“I was crossing the street to get to my apartment on my way home from a friend’s comedy show when it happened. I had the right of way. The driver ran a red light. I saw him coming before it was too late to get out of the way….I turned my body at an angle at the last possible second, and felt about 23,000 pounds smash into me at 25 miles an hour. My body was flung out of the way of the wheels, and I landed on my back, hard. My shoes popped off like a cartoon character.” Read the rest »
Getting injured by an intoxicated truck driver is a horrible experience that many victims will never forget. When a truck driver fails to drink responsibly, he or she can place numerous lives at risk. Fortunately, there are legal options available to the victims of drunk drivers, even if the responsible party is not convicted in a criminal court. Continue reading to learn how you can get the justice you deserve after a drunk truck driving accident.
Internet sales have become a huge part of the American economy. Every day millions of people buy and sell items online to be delivered to homes and businesses. Items like food, clothes, sporting goods, and toys are commonly purchased online and quickly delivered to homes and workplaces across the United States. With all these deliveries in process, New Jersey roadways can become quite congested. The already busy network of roads hosts a vast number of delivery trucks on any given day. Read the rest »
New Jersey’s busy roadways host a multitude of drivers every day. People across the state are constantly commuting for work and leisure. With so many people on the move, it’s imperative that drivers always travel safely. Because even when traffic is at it’s smoothest, accidents still occur. Because of the inherent dangers on the road, jobs that require driving take measures to assure the safety of their employees. Since a sizable portion of traffic is comprised of delivery drivers, companies like Fed-Ex, UPS, and the Postal Service vet their drivers and encourage safety. Even with these measures in place, however, delivery drivers still find themselves getting into accidents. Read the rest »
It’s common to see big rigs making their way across United States highways and coming in and out of New Jersey every day. With their large size and weight, they take up a good deal of the road, which can be a bit frightening to smaller motorists caught driving in close proximity. This fear is completely substantiated considering the numerous collisions that happen each year between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles. Read the rest »
Being involved in a collision with a semi-truck is a traumatic encounter that is likely to leave those in a passenger car with severe injuries. The nature of a truck’s size and weight makes it almost impossible for those in smaller vehicles to escape unscathed. Dangerous and deadly big rig accidents occur all the time along the highways, making it understandably scary for New Jersey drivers to share the roadways with them. With little to no reaction time when you’re up against the large form of a commercial truck, lives can be changed in an instant. Read the rest »
Recently, an out-of-state truck driver was heading down Route 31 in New Jersey when his truck left the road and hit a tree, killing the driver instantly. This is tragic news, and just one of the many truck accidents that happen all too often on New Jersey’s highways. Read the rest »
When it comes to truck drivers, the Federal Department of Transportation (DOT) regulations are specifically designed to keep both the drivers and the people who drive around them safe. This is because the DOT understands that truck drivers have to handle a vehicle that can weigh as much as 40 tons, and if they get into an accident, chances of the accident being fatal are extremely high. As a result, both truckers and companies that employ truckers are subject to very strict guidelines. More often than not, negligent companies look to their bottom line and will attempt to skirt the regulations or do the bare minimum in order to meet the guidelines. This puts anybody who is on the road with these truckers at risk. Here are two ways that negligent companies do not follow the federal regulations when it comes to truck driver safety. Read the rest »
A Georgia truck driver operating a Wal-Mart truck, charged in the New Jersey truck accident that killed one man and critically injured comedian Tracy Morgan, had not slept in more than 24 hours. According to a Reuters news report, a criminal complaint stated that the tractor-trailer driven by 35-year-old Kevin Roper slammed into a limousine van carrying Morgan, who is known for his television roles on Saturday Night Live and the hit NBC comedy series 30 Rock.
The complaint stated that Roper was driving the truck on the New Jersey Turnpike without having slept in excess of 24 hours. The driver is facing charges of vehicular homicide and three counts of assault by auto. Morgan and two other passengers still remain in critical condition. Officials say Roper failed to stop for slowing traffic and slammed into the limo bus carrying Morgan and several other comics and friends after a performance in Delaware. James McNair, a 62-year-old comic who performed under the name Jimmy Mack, died at the scene. Read the rest »
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