Over 400,000 tons of goods are transported every day on highways all over the country. There are thousands of trucks making long trips daily to ensure that goods make it to their destinations. You may have come across these trucks many times while on your way to or from work. Many people don’t think much about these large and heavy vehicles until they are involved in an accident with them.
Truck accidents are more complex than accidents involving vehicles that are owned by individuals. There are various issues considered in these cases that aren’t part of normal automobile accidents.
You’ll need a truck accident attorney to pursue your case for greater success.
Get in touch with us, Rosengard Law Group. We have the skills, knowledge, experience and resources to pursue your case and ensure it is properly investigated.
Truck Accident Common Causes
Truck accidents can occur for a number of reasons. Our Newark truck accident attorneys are experienced at pursuing truck accidents caused by various reasons including:
Poor Truck Maintenance
Trucks are often cover thousands of miles in a matter of a few days. They do this while hauling heavy cargo. It is therefore not surprising that they succumb to wear and tear such as worn brake pads. It is important to ensure that trucks undergo maintenance regularly.
Truck drivers may drive recklessly while driving under the influence of alcohol, being distracted or even due to driving while fatigued. Some drivers may be forced to drive recklessly in order to reach the goals set by their companies.
Improper Truck Loading
Trucks often carry large and heavy cargo. It is important for the cargo to be secured properly. This prevents accidents from occurring due to spill outs or imbalance of the truck.
Commercial Truck Equipment Failure
Truck accidents can occur even when the driver is careful and all safety precautions have been taken to ensure proper loading and maintenance of the truck. These accidents are often the result of a defective part in the truck.
What Makes Commercial Truck Accidents Different From Car Accidents
If you or someone you love has been involved in a truck accident, you should get in touch with a Newark truck accident attorney as soon as possible. Truck accidents present various issues that are different from regular car accidents. These include:
More Serious Injuries
Trucks are larger and heavier than regular motor vehicles. Trucks often weight up to twenty times the weight of a regular passenger car. They are more difficult to control and harder to bring to a stop. The impact of a large truck on a small passenger car will therefore result in more severe injuries. This in turn will result in higher medical expenses.
Increased Property Damage
Truck accidents result in greater property damage owing to the larger size and greater weight of the truck. More property is damaged in an accident. The damage is also often more severe due to the greater impact of the accident.
Trucking Companies Have Larger Insurance Policies
Insurance policies that cover trucks are often worth 50 times more than those used to cover regular passenger vehicles. This is because of the size of the trucks as well as their interstate movement. They are also worth more in order to cover the greater damage that these trucks can cause when involved in an accident.
Commercial truck insurance policies can be worth millions of dollars. It is therefore not surprising that insurance companies will do anything in order not to have to pay up.
This means that you should be ready for a fight. Our Newark Truck accident lawyers will fight in your corner to increase your chances of obtaining compensation.
Commercial Trucks are Governed By More Regulations
In addition to the general rules of the road, commercial trucks are governed by more regulations. This is because these trucks often have to cross state borders to make deliveries. These additional regulations cover issues such as annual inspections, maintenance of trucks, special qualifications and licenses for truck drivers as well as logbooks.
Our attorneys are knowledgeable and experienced in these regulations. We will apply them to fight for your right to compensation.
It is clear that truck accidents can’t be handled like regular motor accidents. They are more complex and therefore require a specialized set of skills to get results.
A Newark truck accident attorney from our firm will provide you with the skills, experienced, knowledge and resources to ensure a fair fight.
Also see our Newark car accident lawyer page.
Who Can Be Held Liable for a Newark Truck Accident?
Truck accidents can become complicated when it comes to establishing fault. Our Newark truck accident lawyers will carry out thorough investigations to determine all the parties that can be held liable for the truck accident. We’ll gather the necessary evidence to hold the responsible parties to account.
Some of the parties that can be held liable for a truck accident include:
- Truck drivers
- The truck company
- The owner of the truck or truck company
- The company that leased the truck
- The company responsible for maintenance of the trucks
- The person or company that ordered for the load to be transported
- The manufacturer of the defective trailer, truck or parts
Related: Truck Accident FAQ
Types of Lawsuits Newark Truck Accident Lawyers File
Our Newark truck accident lawyers will file a lawsuit on your behalf to recover maximum compensation for your injuries. We are experienced in handling a variety of truck accident lawsuits including:
We will file for negligence to recover compensation for your injuries. We will gather evidence to demonstrate the negligence. Cases of negligence include:
- Overloading trucks
- Failure to maintain trucks
- Driving under the influence
- Hiring an unqualified driver
- Driving recklessly
- Failure to monitor the truck driver’s driving hours
- Failure to train truck drivers properly
We will file a lawsuit against the manufacturer to show that the truck, trailer or one of its components contributed to the occurrence of the accident.
We will file a lawsuit to recover compensation for the family of victims that have died as a result of the accident. We will gather the evidence necessary to pursue compensation for economic as well as punitive damages resulting from the loss of your loved one.
What a Newark Truck Accident Lawyer Can Do for You
The Newark truck accident attorneys at Rosengard Law Group are experienced in seeking compensation for truck accidents. We’re familiar with the different tactics that insurance adjusters use to try to minimize the compensation they give to victims of truck accidents. We’ll fight to keep this from happening to you.
Our experienced and knowledgeable attorneys will investigate the accident and gather the necessary evidence to strengthen your claim. This includes:
- Interviewing witnesses of the accident
- Obtaining police reports
- Analyzing medical records
- Reviewing camera footage of the accident
- Obtaining data from the Electronic Control Module (i.e. black box) of the truck
- Obtaining drug and alcohol test results from the truck driver
- Interviewing medical staff
- Consulting experts for the reconstruction of the accident
You can rely on our expertise and resources to ensure a fair fight for compensation. Contact us today to speak to a Newark truck accident lawyer.
Further reading: Why You Need A NJ Truck Accident Lawyer