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Large commercial trucks are intimidating. They are much larger than your vehicle and behave so differently on the road that you have likely felt some apprehension when driving near one. Unfortunately, large truck accidents are a reality of the roadways in our country, and too often, they’re severe, and even fatal. Owing to their enormous size and the conditions in which truck drivers are sometimes asked to operate, large truck accidents are significantly more likely to result in severe injuries or death.
At The Law Offices Of James C. DeZao, P.A., we take large truck accidents seriously. If you’ve been injured because of a trucker’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for all your damages. Family members who have tragically lost a loved one in a truck crash may also have a claim for wrongful death. An experienced truck accident attorney can help you fight for justice and claim every dollar to which you are entitled under the law. You should know that commercial truck drivers and their employers are subject to higher safety standards according to New Jersey personal injury law. In many cases, the truck owner or employer is liable for the driver’s negligence.
Personal Injury Claims for Large Truck Accidents
Those injured in large truck accidents can recover for a wide range of physical, emotional, and economic damages. The goal of New Jersey personal injury law is to put you in the same position you were in before the accident (or as close to that as possible). Usually, such restitution takes the form of financial compensation. Our truck accident attorney will fight for your full recovery. Auto accident cases — including commercial truck accidents — usually involve insurance companies. Insurers have large legal teams and will do their best to pay you as little as possible. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side.
At The Law Offices Of James C. DeZao, P.A., we’re used to taking on insurance companies. We know how to handle them. The insurance companies are only looking out for themselves and will make a lowball initial offer. An adjuster will be sent to investigate your injuries, including possibly watching your every move when you are at home or work. They will try to find anything they can use against you so that they do not have to pay for the claim you filed against the truck driver. You must speak with a truck accident attorney before accepting any settlement offer made by an insurance company, even if you are hurting financially and need to pay your bills.
Who is to Blame for Your Truck Accident?
Truck accident cases are often more complex than a typical car accident because it is more common for multiple parties to be at fault. Whereas many car accidents can be chalked up to driver error, truck accidents may be indicative of systemic negligence throughout a trucking company.
Trucking companies are responsible for overseeing all the operations of their drivers. In addition to being in charge of hiring competent drivers in the first place, trucking companies generally determine how much their employees drive, establish break schedules, maintain their vehicles, and load cargo into the trucks. Negligence in any of these responsibilities can result in accidents.
Additional liable parties may include:
- Those responsible for building and maintaining the roads
- Businesses and social hosts, in cases of drunk driving
- Vehicle manufacturers
Rules of the Road for Commercial Truck Drivers
Commercial truck drivers are required to take breaks, stay well-rested, and behave responsibly on the road. The law puts caps on how many hours they can drive before getting some sleep. Employers must also be careful about who they entrust with the authority to drive their trucks. Often, large truck accidents happen because someone failed to play by the rules. Our firm will investigate the accident to determine whether the employer and/or driver complied with trucking laws. Even if they did, the driver may still have been negligent in their performance on the road.
An investigation into a truck accident conducted by an attorney will begin with these questions:
- Did the truck driver falsify the hours of service log?
- Did the driver fail to take the required breaks?
- Did the truck have a recall notice that was never handled?
- Did the truck driver fall asleep at the wheel?
- Was the driver impaired?
All these questions will be asked and answered by our team of investigators as we build a case against the truck driver, the trucking company, the shipper, and/or the manufacturer of the truck.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits Involving Large Truck Accidents
Because large truck accidents are so often fatal, wrongful death lawsuits are commonly part of the litigation process. Under New Jersey personal injury law, certain family members are allowed to sue a negligent party if the negligence results in a loved one’s death. Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to recompense family members who have suffered emotionally or financially. Lost benefits and wages, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering are all recoverable under wrongful death law. An attorney can help your family take action after suffering a wrongful death.
The loss of a loved one for any reason is unbearable. It can become overwhelming and difficult to move forward when your loved one dies due to the negligence of another person or a company. Wrongful death of a loved one rips the person from your life. You didn’t have time to say goodbye like you do when an elderly relative passes away or when you lose a family member who has battled a lengthy illness. Our attorneys will handle your case with extreme care and diligence, so you are properly compensated for the loss of your loved one.
Call us at (973) 358-6134 to start the legal process.
Driving near a large commercial truck is daunting and stressful. You’re worried if they can see you, wondering if they will come into your lane unannounced, and concerned if they are following too closely behind you. All of these are valid worries when driving on a major highway or small road.
Here are some tips you can follow to make sure you are safe when near a large commercial truck:
- When merging, allow for plenty of room, so the truck does not hit you
- When changing lanes, allow for plenty of room
- Stay out of the truck’s blind spots (sides, rear, and even the front)
- If you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side-view mirror, the driver cannot see your vehicle
- If you are changing lanes in front of a truck, accelerate so you are far enough away from the truck
- Do not drive in the middle lane with a truck on either side of you
- Do your best to yield the right of way to trucks, as they cannot stop as quickly as your vehicle
- If a truck is following too closely behind you, safely move to another lane of travel
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If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, or if you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced New Jersey truck accident lawyer at The Law Offices Of James C. DeZao, P.A. can help. Remember, truck accident cases are subject to a statute of limitations (a time limit), so you should contact an attorney immediately to ensure you do not waive your right to possible compensation. We accept most trucking-related cases on a contingency basis, which means you will only pay for our services once we’ve recovered money in your case.
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