Nutley, New Jersey (June 3, 2022) – A teenage driver is in hospital after a collision involving a cement truck on Highway 21 on Friday May 27 in Nutley.
Upon arrival, rescuers found the young driver unconscious and transferred him to an area hospital in non-critical condition.
The cement truck driver also suffered non-critical injuries.
The immediate area of Route 21 was closed and traffic was diverted for over two hours for road clearing and police investigation.
No additional information was immediately available.
Our thoughts are with the injured victims and their families at this time. We hope for their full recovery.
Regulatory Violations That Cause Truck Accidents in New Jersey
Commercial trucks, such as semi-trailers, tank trucks, and auto carriers, are federally regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and subject to state regulations set by the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission . These regulations relate to matters such as weight, size and securing cargo.
It is not uncommon for commercial trucks involved in accidents to violate state or federal regulations designed specifically for the safety of the operator and those with whom he shares the road.
Some of the regulations that play a crucial role in a truck driver’s ability to drive their vehicle safely include:
- Weight and height 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 in the state. For example, commercial trucks cannot be larger than eight feet in diameter on freeways and eight feet six inches on designated network roads. All combinations and types of utility vehicles must not exceed 13 feet six inches in height on national 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 prevent truckers from operating a vehicle when overtired.
- Alcohol and drug testing requirements: Driving while impaired is also exceptionally dangerous. Alcohol and drugs interfere with reacting in time to unexpected situations or exercising good judgment, making mandatory testing of truck drivers essential to everyone’s safety.
The FMCSA mandates drug testing at various times in an effort to prevent impaired drivers from getting behind the wheel. For example, drivers are required to pass a drug test before driving a commercial truck. A drug test is mandatory after a crash that results in serious injury or life and/or death.
If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident and suspect operator negligence had something to do with it, contact our commercial truck accident attorneys in New Jersey at (800) 469-6478 to see what legal options are available to you.
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Disclaimer: As a member of the local community, at Metro Law we strive to improve the overall safety and quality of life for all who live in our beloved state. We are extremely saddened by these accidents but hope that by becoming aware of these dangers, members of our community will take precautions to avoid these accidents. This is not a commercial solicitation and this information should not be construed as medical or legal advice. We wish everyone involved in the accident the best and fastest recovery. The photos shown in this article are not from the actual scene of the accident.