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I-295 and I-95 Trucking Accidents

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A common space for deadly accidents is the well-trafficked corridor of I-295 and I-95 in Gloucester County, NJ. Not only does this stretch of highway see a tremendous volume of Philadelphia metro area traffic, but it’s also home to several shipping and logistics companies, and fleets of trucks that get paid based on timeliness.

If a trucking accident has injured you or a loved one, it’s important to consider your options. A skilled personal injury attorney like Richard Hollowell will help you get the compensation you deserve.

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When a truck is involved in an accident, odds are that its driver will be the one to walk away. In-car and truck collisions, 86 percent of fatalities and 77 percent of injuries happen to the occupants of the smaller vehicles. A passenger car needs about 306 feet to come to a full stop at highway speeds while a tractor-trailer needs 525 feet. That’s almost two football fields!

Why Is the I-95/I-295 Corridor So Dangerous?

What happens when you cross New Jersey superhighways I-295 and I-95/NJ Turnpike? You get almost 11,000 crashes a year, with some of the greatest frequency on the stretch where they meet.

Of the 3,220 crashes on I-295 last year, 721 resulted in injuries. There’s a five-mile section that sees an average of 113,859 vehicles a day from Westville in Gloucester County to Lawnside in Camden County that is among the deadliest.

If this seems like a lot, consider I-95. For most of its New Jersey expanse, I-95 overlaps with the NJ Turnpike. And the NJ Turnpike sees nearly 8,000 accidents per year, with enough of them proving serious that the road rates second on the number of fatalities in the state per year.

Fatal Accidents Occur Frequently in Gloucester County

Gloucester County made national headlines last year when an SUV collided with a truck carrying 50 boxes of bees. Rescuers were unable to reach the trapped driver of the SUV as the bees swarmed, and had to call in firefighters to first douse the bees with water.

This was far from Gloucester’s only truck-involved accident. In April, a 17-year-old bicyclist was hit by an unidentified vehicle transport truck, killing the cyclist

If you read the county’s accident archives at the Accident Data Center, you’ll see that these are not isolated incidents. Traffic accidents remain a primary public safety concern in Gloucester County and are attracting state attention in the form of the I-295/I-76/Route 42 Interchange project, which is currently under construction.

Why Are There So Many Trucks on the I-95/I-295 Corridor?

The I-95/I-295 corridor in Gloucester County is home to several logistics and fulfillment companies. This is one of the most distribution-intensive parts of the 7th-largest transportation and warehousing region in the U.S.

Each company and warehouse in the area may be sending out dozens if not hundreds of trucks per day. The area’s major facilities include: 

  • Pureland Industrial Complex: Pureland is a 3,000-acre industrial park in Logan Township, straddling I-295. As New Jersey’s largest industrial park, it’s home to most of the county’s largest distribution and fulfillment centers. 
  • Amazon Distribution Centers: The e-retail giant has two sorting centers, one fulfillment center and another on the way for Gloucester.
  • Exit 17 Distribution Center: A 332,000-square-foot warehouse is currently being built in Mickleton. It will be on 34 acres and hold 80 truck loading docks.
  • Ryder Logistics: This major international logistics provider has an 80,000-square-foot distribution center in Logan Township.
  • UPS: UPS has a 251,000-square-foot warehousing and distribution hub in Swedesboro.

The Pureland Industrial Complex is home to manufacturing and distribution hubs of these corporations:

  • Mitsubishi
  • VWR Scientific
  • Mercedes-Benz
  • Mannington Mills
  • U.S. Postal Service
  • Home Depot
  • Lockheed Martin
  • Nextel
  • Pep Boys
  • Flowserve

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What Should I Do if I Was Involved in a Truck Accident?

If you or a loved one were involved in a car or truck accident, time is of the essence. Pursuing legal action and compensation is a complex task that you’ll need an expert accident lawyer to help you navigate.

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