Truck Crash Cause Your Injuries or a Loved One’s Wrongful Death?
New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer for Personal Injury Claims
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there are more than 340,000 collisions involving large trucks every year. These accidents, which result in more multiple-victim injuries and deaths than any other kind of crash, almost always result from negligence. However, proving fault and collecting compensation can be difficult. Trucking companies and their insurance providers often employ teams of attorneys to help them avoid paying victims after a crash. Therefore, the best way to get a fair settlement is usually to find a truck accident lawyer of your own who can stand up for you.
The attorneys at Keefe Law Firm have helped many clients throughout New Jersey maintain their rights after trucking accidents. We have the experience necessary to investigate and litigate cases involving multiple defendants like powerful trucking corporations and insurance companies. We know what these companies can and should pay after a semi truck accident.
What are the Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
Like all auto accidents, the most common cause of a truck crash is negligence of some kind. Often, a combination of driver error, trucking company negligence and/or mechanical defects contribute to a semi truck accident. The most common causes of truck accidents include the following:
- Improper maintenance. Trucking companies are responsible for performing regular maintenance and safety checks on their vehicles. When companies neglect this duty, often to save time or money, serious truck accident may result, injuring both the truck driver and people in passenger vehicles.
- Defective equipment. Manufacturing or design defects in the truck itself contribute to many trucking accidents.
- Drowsy driving. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) sets regulations on how long a trucker can drive without resting. However, trucking companies often pressure drivers to stay on the road longer than they should. The result is that drowsy driving is one of the biggest issues in the trucking industry.
- Improperly secured cargo. Shifting cargo can throw a semi truck’s trailer off-balance, causing a rollover accident. These types of crashes may not only involve the truck driver and other vehicles, but can also create a dangerous hazard all over the road.
- Driver error. Truck drivers must have special licenses as well as experience behind the wheel of a big rig. However, inexperienced or careless drivers may cause accidents by failing to properly brake, making incorrect turns or other mistakes. In addition, negligence by other drivers on the road can cause a truck accident, which may affect many other cars.
Who is Responsible for Trucking Accident Injuries and Damages?
Most often, two or more truck accident causes contribute to a single truck accident. As a result, more than one person or party may be responsible for your injuries and damages or the wrongful death of a loved one. Those who can be held liable for these kinds of crashes include:
- The trucking company who owns the truck and/or employs the driver.
- Any manufacturing companies responsible for defective parts.
- The person or company responsible for loading the truck.
- The truck driver.
Federal law requires trucking companies to have insurance to cover any truck accidents that involve their vehicles. However, these insurance companies may blame manufacturing defects, passenger car error or other causes to avoid paying.
Learn More in a Free Consultation with a New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer
You should not have to pay for a trucking accident, or any accident, that resulted from someone else’s negligence. If you or a loved one suffered injuries in a semi truck accident, you stand an infinitely better chance of getting fair compensation with an attorney on your side.
Keefe Law Firm has office locations in Red Bank as well as New Brunswick, Point Pleasant and Newark, which allows us to help clients from across New Jersey. Contact us today to schedule your free initial consultation with a truck accident lawyer.