NJ Truck & Commercial Vehicle Accident Lawyers Protect Your Rights & Fight for Maximum Compensation for Your Injuries

New Jersey commerce depends upon the constant movement of trucks and other commercial vehicles into and out of the state. According to the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT), more than 450 million tons of goods are moved by truck within NJ borders each year. Unfortunately, large trucks pose unique safety risks because they are difficult to control and can cause catastrophic damage in the event of an accident. Additionally, since most trucks are larger than standard motor vehicles, truck accidents tend to result in significant property damage and severe injuries than other vehicle accidents. If you were involved in a commercial vehicle accident in New Jersey, it is imperative that you speak with an experienced auto accident attorney.

The Law Offices of Craig A. Altman is a results-oriented firm that has obtained positive settlements and verdicts for clients in Cumberland County, Camden County, and everywhere else in South Jersey. We understand that truck accident victims often need funds to pay for urgent medical care and other medical bills. That’s why we will fight for you at the negotiating table and in the courtroom. Call us now to discuss your case.

What is a “Commercial Vehicle”?

First, it is important to get a sense of exactly what kinds of vehicles are regulated in New Jersey. A commercial vehicle is generally defined as a vehicle that (1) is used as part of a business, (2) is involved in interstate commerce, and (3) meets any of the following requirements: weighs 10,001 pounds or more; is designed or used to transport 9 or more passengers for compensation; is transporting hazardous materials.

Truck Accident Law in New Jersey

Commercial vehicles in New Jersey are regulated by a network of federal, state, and local agencies. These regulations involve driver licensing, vehicle registration, medical fitness standards for drivers, driver training, and maximum hours of service.

Licensing and Registration:

Commercial vehicle operators must meet strict requirements in order to receive a Commercial Driver’s License (CDL). Anyone who operates a commercial vehicle as part of interstate commerce must obtain a United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) registration number. Additionally, anyone operating a trucking business must obtain certain trucking-specific business licenses and permits. These necessary documents may include: a USDOT Number; a USDOT Motor Carrier Authority Number; a Heavy Use Tax Form (2290); an International Registration Plan (IRP) Tag; an International Fuel Tax Agreement (IFTA) Decal; and a BOC-3 Filing.

Medical Fitness Standards:

The NJDOT requires all commercial motor vehicle drivers to adhere to medical fitness guidelines set forth by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Commercial truck drivers must take a special physical examination and receive a medical certificate which confirms that they are healthy enough to safely perform the demanding task of operating a large commercial vehicle.

Driver Training:

Truck companies have a legal responsibility to ensure that truck drivers are properly trained to operate large commercial vehicles before getting behind the wheel. For example, the New Jersey Department of Transportation (NJDOT) requires all entry-level drivers to meet certain training requirements.

Hours of Service:

The NJDOT requires most commercial vehicle drivers to follow federal Hours of Service regulations. These rules were put in place to reduce truck driver fatigue caused by excessively long work hours. Ultimately, the regulations are supposed to protect other motorists against fatigue-related crashes. Truck drivers can work a maximum of 70 hours in a single week. Additionally, truck drivers must take mandatory 30-minute breaks during the first eight hours of a shift.

Winning a Truck Accident Claim in Cumberland County, NJ

It is important for your attorney to find out if the truck driver in your case has a history of dangerous driving. This means that your attorney should obtain the truck driver’s driving record.

Your attorney should also examine all of the evidence in the case to determine whether the truck driver was negligent. This means your attorney should acquire the truck driver’s logbook. Your attorney should also obtain the truck’s GPS monitoring device or black box recorder to find out whether the truck driver was speeding when the accident occurred.

Call a Millville Truck Accident Lawyer

Craig Altman and the other skilled attorneys at our firm are prepared to assist you with your truck accident injury claim. Moreover, we do not charge any legal fees until you win your case. Contact us today to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation at our offices in Pennsauken or Vineland.

 

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If you’ve been injured in Pennsylvania or New Jersey, the Law Firm of Craig. A. Altman will help you. Our experienced personal injury and workers’ compensation lawyers know what it takes to get you a large financial settlement. You can call us 24 hours a day at 215-569-4488, or you can use our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case.

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(215) 569-4488


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(856) 327-8899

Philadelphia, PA

19 S. 21st Street
Philadelphia, PA
19103

Vineland, NJ

1173 E Landis Ave Suite 103 Vineland, NJ
08360

Pennsauken, NJ

6951 North Park Drive Pennsauken, NJ
08109