When large, commercial trucking vehicles share New Jersey roadways with smaller passenger cars the risk of serious injury or death skyrockets in the event of an accident. The drivers of large semi-trucks or tractors trailers have an added responsibility to not only deliver their freight on time, but also to operate their vehicle in a manner that is safe for other drivers around them.
The National Highway Safety Administration (NHTSA) published a report that evaluated crash trends in the United States, including those involved in large truck accidents. According to the report, in 2010 there was an 8.7% increase in the number of fatalities involving large trucks nationwide and in all categories, meaning that the driver of the truck and the driver of the passenger vehicles were part of this data. In 2010 there were 3,675 people killed in accidents involving large trucks, which does not even begin to account for those victims who sustained serious injuries.
Commercial trucks, including 18-wheelers, are a vital part of modern American life because they deliver goods to suppliers and other businesses all across the country. Unfortunately, these trucks can also be extremely dangerous when they are involved in accidents on the roadways. Because of their size and weight, motor vehicle accidents that involve 18-wheelers can be especially destructive and dangerous for every individual involved.
If you or a loved one has been injured in truck accident, contact one of Levinson Axelrod’s skilled New Jersey truck accident lawyers and see how we can help you. Simply fill out our “Free Case Evaluation” form located on the right side of this page. It is always 100% FREE, confidential, and without any obligation to proceed.
We understand the pain and suffering that victims of commercial truck crashes experience, and their loved ones, too, have to endure worry, frustration and a sense of helplessness.
Tractor trailer and commercial truck accidents will occur due to many factors. The sheer weight of these big rigs can cause the driver to lose control of their vehicle and tip over, causing an immense amount of damage and harm to the driver as well as those vehicles nearby.
The following are five of the most common root causes of truck accidents:
It is vital that drivers have experience with the rig that they are traveling in, and specialized training courses are required in order for them to be licensed to drive. However, simply passing a test does not ensure that a driver will always be cautious and operate their vehicle in the most responsible manner.
Truck drivers may be tempted to overextend the time between truck maintenance visits, and although roadside checks can be implemented at random, they are very quick and cannot possibly cover every aspect of a full maintenance visit.
The US Department of Transportation (USDOT) does upload regulatory standards, which includes mandatory instruction time, but a study conducted showed the following data:
Clearly, the perception that a licensed truck driver will always safely operate their vehicle is far from reality, and if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, the physical pain and mental anguish that accompanies the accident can be unbearable.
Immediately following a truck accident, seek medical attention. A physician can diagnose your injuries and will prescribe a course of treatment and rehabilitative services, if necessary. The costs associated with hospital bills, lost wages from time away from work, and physical therapy can become astronomical. Depending on the severity of the victim’s injuries, these costs can last a lifetime.
Some of the most common injuries associated with trucking accidents include:
Suffering in silence will not bring justice to the negligent parties, nor will it make life any easier for the victims and their loved ones who must foot the bill for the irresponsibility of another driver. If you have been the victim of a truck accident, contact a competent New Jersey trucking accident attorney and know your rights.
At Levinson Axelrod, our goal is to win you the MAXIMUM amount of compensation available for your case. We understand your fear and frustration, and we are here to help.
At the law offices of Levinson Axelrod, we understand the devastating effects that an accident can have on both you and your family and continually strived to provide comprehensive legal counsel to injury victims throughout the Garden state.
Our team of attorneys have more than 70 years of collective experience handling nothing other than personal injury lawsuits and we are uniquely qualified to not only handle your case, but to also assist you through what might otherwise be an extremely frightening and frustrating endeavor.
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