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How does proper routing reduce New Jersey truck accidents?

Commercial trucking plays a vital role in the economy of New Jersey. In fact, the Garden State is part of a major network of terminals and warehousing centers that operate along the Eastern Seaboard. The New Jersey Department of Transportation estimates that at least 600 million tons of goods are moved throughout New Jersey each year via air, water, rail and truck. According to NJDOT, roughly 75 percent of that traffic is done using commercial tractor-trailers.

Now that you realize the scale of commercial trucking moving through New Jersey, it is easier to understand why the proper routing of semi-trucks along our roads is so important. This is especially true of commercial trucks that are hauling hazardous materials. For example, a tractor-trailer designed to haul gasoline can potentially become a deadly blazing inferno inside of a tunnel or a congested bridge.

Currently, New Jersey state regulations apply strict requirements to motor carriers operating 102 inch-wide standard trucks and double trailer combinations. In a nutshell, these rules limit the traffic of commercial trucks to be routed along roadways that are considered part of the National Network. Most trucks are only allowed to deviate from those routes under specific conditions. For example, trucks must seek the shortest route possible whenever leaving the National Network to search for food, fuel, repairs or to allow the driver to rest.

New Jersey motorists have a right to expect that commercial trucking companies will observe policies and practices that limit their risk of potential harm. If you have been injured by a truck failing to meet state and federal routing requirements, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. Your New Jersey personal injury attorney can help you evaluate the circumstances of your accident and determine whether a civil lawsuit is an appropriate remedy to recover damages associated with your accident.

Source: State of New Jersey Department of Transportation, "Truck Routing" accessed Jan. 21, 2015

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