The Complexity of Truck Accidents: Causes and Liability
If you’re anything like me, then you probably feared massive trucks on the highway when you first started driving. Why? These road behemoths have the capacity to completely crush your vehicle with one wrong move. While the drivers usually have ample experience, they’re also typically working, which means long hours behind the wheel. When a truck accident does occur, who is legally liable? Get all the answers and details below.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Truckers make a living driving long hours across the country. The physical demands of traveling cross country while hauling big loads bring up concerns about not only the trucker’s safety but the safety of other motorists on the road. In response to these concerns, both the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and the Department of Transportation have put several regulations in place to prevent fatigued driving accidents. Despite this, fatigue continues to contribute to trucking accidents in a major way. Here are a few other common causes of trucking accidents:
- Errors made by other motorists (driving in “no zones,” changing lanes abruptly, unsafe passing)
- Errors made by the truck driver
- Unrealistic expectations or truck driving schedules
- Poor vehicle maintenance
- Equipment failure
- Improperly loaded cargo
- Inclement weather
- Poor road conditions
Truck accidents are fairly rare considering how many trucks are on the road at any given time. When a collision between a truck and another vehicle does occur, the consequences are usually more extreme due to the size of the truck. Any cargo the truck is carrying could also add to the severity of the accident.
Trucking Accidents and Complex Liability Issues
Accidents involving trucks and truck drivers are inherently more complex. Why? Instead of an accident being strictly between the two drivers, other potential parties could be held legally liable. Here are all the parties that could be deemed liable for a truck crash:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck
- The entity responsible for loading the truck’s cargo
- The person or entity that leased the truck from the owner
- The truck or parts manufacturer
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, any of these parties could be held liable for the resulting financial damages. In extreme situations, victims may need to seek compensation from multiple parties until they’ve fully recovered from their losses.
Contact an Atlantic City Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Truck Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a truck accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Brown Law represent clients injured because of truck accidents in Atlantic City, Galloway, Pleasantville, Hamilton Township, Longport, Folsom, and throughout New Jersey. Call 609-344-8270 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 3123 Atlantic Avenue, Suite 201, Atlantic City, NJ 08401.
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