Thousands of large commercial trucks and tractor trailers travel on New Jersey interstates and highways each year. Due to their large size and reduced maneuverability, these oversized motor vehicles pose unique risks to passenger car drivers and pedestrians. In 2012, there were 254 highway fatalities in New Jersey. Many of these involved large commercial trucking vehicles.
With that said, if you or a loved one have been injured in an accident involving a commercial truck, it is important you consult with a New Jersey truck accident lawyer to discuss filing an injury claim. An experienced personal injury attorney can assist in compiling evidence to put forth on your behalf and ensure all paper work is completed as necessary. To get started on your case, schedule a consultation today.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Causes of trucking accidents involving motor vehicle accidents often result from a variety of different factors. Some of the most commonly cited causes that warrant attention from a New Jersey truck accident attorney include:
- Driver fatigue and drowsy driving
The trucking industry is notorious for its physical demands on its drivers. Truck drivers often are pushed to their physical limits by driving over long periods of time and across great distances. Many truck accidents occur when truck drivers fall asleep at the wheel and inadvertently drift into another lane of traffic.
- Poor road conditions
Improperly maintained roads create dangerous conditions for trucks. With their large size and increased speed capacity, large trucks may be unable to quickly adjust to road defects.
- Weather conditions
Operating a large commercial vehicle in adverse weather conditions including sleet, rain and snow can contribute to major collisions between large commercial trucks and passenger vehicles.
- Aggressive driving
Excessive speeding, tailgating and other types of aggressive driving behavior can result in potentially fatal collisions on highways and interstates.
- Distracted driving
Talking on the phone and texting while driving are the most common types of distracted driving behavior. Distracted driving may cause truck drivers to fail to check blind spots or fail to use turn signals while changing lanes. Rear-end collisions, which the Federal Highway Administration has found to be the leading cause of truck fatalities, often occur as the result of distracted driving.
- Mechanical failure
Other serious truck collisions can occur when defective truck parts malfunction. Faulty brake systems, steering components and transmissions have caused major trucking accidents resulting in devastating bodily injuries and even death.
- Improperly loaded cargo
Commercial trucks and tractor trailers are responsible for transporting goods throughout the country. When truck cargo is improperly secured or loaded into a truck or onto a trailer, accidents may occur as cargo or other types of debris shift or fall into roadways causing serious accidents.
- Driving under the influence of drug or alcohol
Truck drivers are especially prone to the dangerous activity of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol due to their erratic work schedules. Use of energy pills and other drugs to remain awake can impair the truck driver’s ability to drive safely.
High impact collisions with large trucking vehicles can result in significant truck accident injuries and property damage to other vehicles. Catastrophic bodily injuries including paralysis, loss of limbs, broken bones, spinal cord injuries, internal bleeding and traumatic brain injuries frequently result from truck and tractor trailer accidents.
Commercial truck drivers are not the only parties that may face liability when trucking accidents result in serious property damage and bodily injury. Truck owners, leasing agents, loading and shipping companies, maintenance companies, manufacturers, distributors, designers and engineers may all share in liability. At Grungo Colarulo, our experienced New Jersey truck accident lawyers will assist you in identifying all potential responsible parties in order to help you obtain the maximum amount of compensation for your injuries.
Importance of Contacting An Attorney
At the New Jersey personal injury law firm of Grungo Colarulo , we understand that truck accident victims face significant financial expenses resulting from the property damage and bodily injuries that result from trucking accidents. The economic costs of past and future medical treatment, rehabilitation and lost wages can be overwhelming. Injured individuals may also face emotional trauma including mental anguish and loss of consortium. The experienced truck accident attorneys in New Jersey at Grungo Colarulo assist injured individuals and their families in obtaining compensation for all of these losses.
Truck accident victims should never attempt to handle their trucking accident claims on their own. In addition to the complex insurance issues that frequently arise in these cases, there is a myriad of federal and state motor vehicle laws that may apply to your truck accident matter including Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations and New Jersey Department of Transportation regulations. The legal team at Grungo Colarulo has handled countless trucking accident matters with professionalism and extensive knowledge of these laws.