Truck Accidents In New Jersey

If you have ever witnessed a truck accident, the damage done to the other vehicles involved can be catastrophic, leaving the passengers of the motor vehicle severely or fatally injured upon impact. Regular cars are no match against the sheer size and force of a commercial truck, particularly when they are traveling between 55 and 75 miles per hour on busy highways across the country. According to the U.S. Department of Transportation, close to 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year in the United States, resulting in more than 5,000 fatalities.

Some of the most common causes of truck accidents in New Jersey include the following:

  • Drowsy driving: Truck drivers are often expected to drive long distances over extended periods of time. Accidents often occur when a driver falls asleep at the wheel or drifts into another lane.
  • Poor weather conditions: Trucks require much more distance to come to a complete stop than a car. When the roads are wet or icy, it can cause extremely dangerous collisions between trucks and other passenger vehicles.
  • Aggressive driving: Close to one-third of truck accidents involve rear-end collisions. Tailgating, speeding, and other types of aggressive driving can cause serious accidents resulting in devastating, often fatal injuries.
  • Distracted driving: Talking on the phone or texting while driving can have dangerous consequences for anyone operating a motor vehicle. However, when a truck driver engages in this behavior, the results can be devastating.
  • Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol: It goes without saying that truck drivers should never get behind the wheel of a truck while intoxicated. However, even things like energy pills or too much caffeine can affect the driver's behavior.
  • Mechanical issues: Trucks should be serviced regularly to prevent accidents caused by faulty brakes, problems with the transmission or steering, or any other mechanical issue.
  • Improperly loaded cargo: When a truck's cargo is not loaded or secured properly, the contents can shift, causing debris to fall into the road.

Common Truck Accident Injuries

If a victim of a truck accident is lucky enough to have survived the ordeal, it is likely that he or she suffered severe personal injuries. Truck accident injuries often include the following:

  • Broken bones
  • Traumatic brain injuries
  • Concussions
  • Neck injuries
  • Muscle and ligament injuries
  • Burns
  • Disfigurement
  • Paralysis
  • Loss of limb
  • Emotional wounds like PTSD

Who Is Liable?

If you have been injured in a truck accident in New Jersey, there are a number of parties that can be held liable, including the following:

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The individual who leased the truck
  • The company that manufactured the truck, or the vehicle's tires, brakes, or other part that may have caused the accident
  • The individual who loaded the truck's cargo

In the event of an accident in New Jersey, truck companies do their best to avoid liability. If a victim injured in a truck accident sues the trucking company, the company would likely argue the following:

  • The trucking company is not liable because the driver is an independent contractor and not an employee of the company
  • The trucking company is not responsible for maintaining and inspecting the vehicle or its equipment because it does not own the trucks

Currently, the federal laws state that, if a truck has a company's name or placard displayed on the vehicle, the company owning the permit is responsible for any accident in which the truck is involved. This is true even if the driver is an independent contractor.

Vineland Truck Accident Lawyers At Rone & Kowalski, LLC, Represent Victims Of Truck Accidents In New Jersey

If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a truck accident, the Vineland truck accident lawyers at Rone & Kowalski, LLC, are here to help you obtain the maximum compensation you deserve for your injuries. Our experienced and dedicated legal team will take you through every step of the claims process and ensure that your rights are protected every step of the way.

To schedule a confidential case review, call us today at 609-416-1453 or contact us online. Our offices are located in Milmay, New Jersey, where we serve residents of Vineland, Bridgeton, Millville, Buena Vista Township, Maurice River Township, Upper Deerfield Township, Greenwich Township, Stow Creek Township and Cumberland County.