Causes of Truck Accidents – New Jersey Trucking Accidents Attorneys
Experienced Personal Injury Lawyers Representing Clients Injured in Serious Trucking Accidents in Jersey City, Edison, Roselle, and Throughout NJ
At CourtLaw, our seasoned attorneys represent injured truck accident victims in Middlesex County, Union County, Essex County, Hudson County, and throughout NJ. Tragically, large commercial truck collisions with passenger vehicles typically end in devastating critical injuries and even death. Far too often, truck accidents happen because of trucking company negligence and driver errors. Additionally, after an accident, while you’re still in shock, recovering from injuries or planning a funeral, powerful trucking companies are prepared to defend their interests. No matter how nice the insurance company representative may treat you, or no matter how concerned they may appear, don’t be fooled: their only goal is to protect the trucking company from claims you may make against them.
That’s why, if you’ve suffered injuries or if a loved one has died because of a truck accident in New Jersey, you need CourtLaw’s skilled legal team to take on the insurance company and fight back on your behalf. Our firm has the experience, resources, knowledge, and skills needed to battle the insurance company on your behalf. Please contact our firm for a free case evaluation.
CourtLaw’s Paterson & Newark Truck Injury Lawyers Explain the Major Causes of New Jersey Truck Accidents
In New Jersey, commercial truck accidents cause some of the most devastating passenger-vehicle injuries on our highways and rural roads. Because NJ is a critical gateway for East Coast domestic and international commerce transport, an inordinately high number of big rig, semi, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler, and flatbed accidents happen here compared to other states. In fact, New Jersey’s Department of Transportation reported that, in 2017 alone, 3,232 large truck accidents involved collisions with passenger vehicles. Because massive commercial trucks weigh up to 90,000 pounds, the fact is that cars, motorcycles, and bicycles are no match for them. In these types of accidents, injuries are usually catastrophic and, tragically, often fatal.
In an attempt to protect the public, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) strictly regulates the United States trucking industry. The regulations that address equipment maintenance, cargo loads, and drivers are exacting, scrupulously binding, and far more complex than those for passenger vehicles. Not only are commercial trucking operations governed federally, but they are also overseen by the State of New Jersey and its local municipalities.
Despite regulations, trucking accidents still happen. Some of the most common causes of truck accidents include:
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance and equipment.
- Equipment failure.
- Driver error, incompetence, inferior training, and intoxication.
- Improper cargo loading.
- Unskilled inclement weather driving.
Frequently, the failure of some trucking companies to adhere to FMCSA regulations – unconscionably because they are trying to save costs – increases the odds of trucking accident disasters. More times than not, accidents caused by trucking companies’ negligence and carelessness are avoidable.
Whether it’s a collision with a big rig, semi, tractor trailer, 18-wheeler, flatbed, or any other type of large truck, a passenger-vehicle accident with one of these larger commercial vehicles may not only injure you, but may also cause financial destruction. You have enough expenses and bills, especially if you’ve lost income or the financial support of a deceased loved one. CourtLaw’s New Jersey truck accident injury attorneys will never charge you a cent until we win your case. We have the expertise to help you put your life back together in the aftermath of a catastrophic accident on a road or highway in NJ.
Common Truck Driver Errors
Almost all truck accidents occur because of failed adherence to mandated regulations. The types of events that cause accidents include:
- Distractions: In these times, distracted driving has significantly increased the number of truck accidents. Whether it’s texting, talking on the phone, GPS panel checks, or other diversions, a truck driver who isn’t paying attention is much more likely to cause an accident.
- Intoxication: Delayed reactions and poor judgment because of alcohol, as well as sensory impairment from the use of prescription, over-the-counter, and illegal drugs, are high on the list of truck accident causes.
- Fatigue: Truck drivers are limited in the number of permitted hours they can drive without mandated rest and sleep periods in between. Still, too little sleep and too many hours on the road is a dangerous driver competency issue.
- Traffic Law Violations: Not obeying traffic laws such as speeding, or illegal maneuvers such as not using proper turn signals, cause many accidents on NJ roadways.
- Aggressive Driving: Just like passenger-vehicle drivers, truck drivers can become aggressive on the road. The New Jersey Department of Transportation mandates that truck drivers refrain from dangerous bullying and intimidation tactics such as tailgating, impatient speeding, and hazardous lane changes. When truck drivers violate these commonsense and well-regulated safe driving standards, catastrophic trucking accidents happen.
Unfairly, insurance companies use strategies designed to deny your claim so that they don’t have to pay anything, or so that they can pay you less than you deserve, for your trauma. That’s why it’s critical that you hire CourtLaw to gain the maximum monetary settlement possible. CourtLaw’s experienced, knowledgeable NJ personal injury attorneys know the tricks and maneuvers that insurance companies use to avoid their financial responsibility. We can help you win your rightful compensation.
Other Causes of New Jersey Truck Accidents
Inadequate Equipment Maintenance and Failure
In the interest of public safety, constant attention to possible equipment damage, defects, and malfunction is critical. Because of the long distances traveled and the many hours spent on the road, wear and tear on commercial trucks is massive. Governing agencies require the driver and technician to check, monitor, and fix functional and mechanical problems before a truck begins its route.
Improper maintenance can lead to equipment failure involving, but not limited to, brakes, tires, obscured window view, ineffective rearview mirrors, and non-working or damaged front, side, and rear lights. The larger mechanical problems may include faulty suspension systems and carriage wheel linkage which safely holds the truck to the road. When equipment fails, accidents are inevitable.
Improper Cargo Loading
Safely loading the bed of a commercial truck requires adherence to scientifically and mathematically calculated industry standards. Specialized training is necessary to determine limitations of height, length, width, size, and weight. There are also specific methods for securing cargo loads. When a truck is improperly loaded, and its cargo spills or falls onto the road, it can cause catastrophic multi-vehicle accidents. If the material spill is toxic, innocent victims may be harmed by the chemicals.
While trucking companies can’t control the weather, proper training should prepare a driver for all weather conditions. Rain, high winds, snow, and ice make safe driving challenging. Specific training is necessary to teach drivers safe inclement weather speeds and braking techniques to avoid skidding, sliding, hydroplaning, and jackknifing.
Esteemed Roselle Personal Injury Attorneys at CourtLaw Guide Truck Accident Injury Victims Through Compex Litigation in NJ
Surviving a large truck accident is remarkable, but the devastation it has caused you is unfair, expensive, and life-altering. Or, if you’ve lost a loved one because of a truck accident, the grief, pain, and stress may be overwhelming. Because of a trucking company’s negligence, you’ve lost a lot through no fault of your own. And to compound your trauma, the process of winning compensation for your injuries is complex and arduous.
So, don’t go it alone.
You need a team of dedicated attorneys who will fight for your right to fair compensation in the face of this catastrophic event. Our primary concern is to give you peace of mind and financial recovery so that you can heal, or properly grieve the loss of a loved one, and get back your quality of life.
Remember, you have a limited time to file a claim after experiencing a truck accident in New Jersey. What’s more, as time passes, witnesses become difficult to find, memories fade, and evidence vanishes. Waiting will only make it more challenging to build your case — and you may run out of time. So, you must act fast. Contact our skilled NJ personal injury attorneys today to find out how we can help you navigate the complex legal system in order to get the compensation you deserve after a serious New Jersey truck accident.
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Court Law’s New Jersey truck accident injury attorneys have over 30 years of experience, which means that we have the knowledge, resources, and skills to maneuver through the insurance and personal injury civil court litigation process and help recover your rightful monetary damages. On your behalf, CourtLaw’s caring, respectful, compassionate attorneys will take over. We will handle the chaos and confusion of filing insurance claims, dealing with attorneys, and, if necessary, pursuing personal injury monetary damages through a civil court lawsuit.
Contact us today for a FREE case evaluation and review so that we can advise you of how you may be able to recover rightful monetary compensation. We represent clients in Middlesex County, Union County, Essex County, Hudson County, Mercer County, and throughout the rest of New Jersey. We’re available 24/7. Call for a quick response.