Truck Accident Lawyer Monmouth County, NJ
New Jersey Personal Injury Attorneys Committed to Protecting Clients’ Rights in Truck Accident Cases Throughout the Area, Including Howell, Toms River, and Red Bank
Truck accidents are terrifying for those traveling in traditional motor vehicles because of the comparatively massive size and weight of the truck or tractor-trailer, and the consequences of a truck accident can be magnified by the fact that many trucks carry dangerous or hazardous cargo throughout the New Jersey roadways. The typical tractor-trailer truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is significantly more than an everyday motor vehicle. This means that injuries and property damage caused by a truck accident can quickly become devastating and even catastrophic.
Unfortunately, truck accidents are often caused by the negligent actions of the truck driver or the company that owns the truck or truck cargo. Not all companies abide by the strict truck safety rules imposed at both the state and federal levels, which puts everyone on NJ roads at risk. At Drazin & Warshaw PC, we are experienced personal injury attorneys dedicated to holding negligent parties responsible for the injuries that our clients have sustained in truck accidents. If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a truck accident in Brick, Toms River, Middletown, Red Bank, Howell, or any other town throughout Monmouth and Ocean Counties in New Jersey, it is important to remember that the trucking company has a team of defense attorneys that will immediately go to work to minimize the level of compensation that the injured parties will receive. This makes it critical for you to retain skilled counsel to advocate on your behalf and level the playing field when negotiating with insurance companies and the trucking company itself. Contact our Monmouth County truck accident lawyers today.
Common Causes of Truck Accidents in New Jersey:
Truck accidents can result in serious injuries for all parties involved. While there are uncontrollable, environmental factors that may play a role in truck accidents in New Jersey, sometimes driver negligence can lead to catastrophic results. In New Jersey, the most common causes of truck accidents are as followed:
- Speeding: When truck drivers are paid by the mile, this could result in a desire to cover as much ground as possible in order to make more money.
- Fatigued driving: Truck drivers spend large quantities of time on major roadways, leading to driver fatigue. Rules have been put in place that indicate that drivers must not drive more than 11 hours in a 14-hour period. This means that the driver must get five hours of sleep for every 11 hours behind the wheel. Additionally, all truck drivers in NJ must take a half-hour break in an eight-hour shift.
- Distracted driving: Any driver behind the wheel must remain focused on the road ahead of them. If a driver is distracted, it could lead to a serious truck accident and personal injury. Common examples of distracted driving include texting while driving, talking on a cell phone, eating or drinking, flipping a radio station, looking at a map.
- DUI/DWI: Driving under the influence is not only illegal, but the results can be deadly. New Jersey law enforcement officials take drunk and drugged driving very seriously. DUI/DWI offenses in NJ have severe consequences resulting in fines, potential jail time and even a loss of license. Truck drivers who drink and drive or take any drugs, whether they be prescription, OTC or illegal drugs are the cause of many fatal crashes.
- Overweight Truck: The larger the truck, the more difficult it will become to stop. Often times, an overweight truck may be involved in a rollover accident which can be deadly for all parties involved.
- Mechanical Failure: A major issue relating to trucking company negligence is the failure to properly maintain the trucks themselves, as well as equipment used to load and unload cargo. We can review the vehicle’s maintenance history to see if mechanical failure played a role in your truck accident.
Compensation for Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents in Red Bank, New Jersey
At Drazin & Warshaw PC, we have over 70 years of experience successfully winning full compensation awards for our clients who sustained injuries in truck accidents including those caused by dump trucks and other commercial vehicles. Our attorneys know that the negligent actions of various parties, including truck drivers, manufacturers, and the trucking company itself may contribute to the cause of a truck accident. We will bring our decades of experience to work in exploring all potential avenues to recover compensation for your truck accident injuries, including compensation for:
- Medical expenses, both current and future
- Rehabilitation costs
- Lost wages
- Lost earnings capacity
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium, companionship, or support in a wrongful death case
Obtaining full and fair compensation following a truck accident case is often not as simple as filing a claim with your insurance company under New Jersey’s no-fault insurance law. In many cases, your medical expenses alone will easily exceed the limits on your own insurance policy. The trucking company is required to carry a much larger insurance policy, and many of these policies’ have coverage limits in excess of $1 million.
While many individual car insurance policies contain limits on the insured person’s ability to sue for damages following an injury, these limits are not always valid in all cases. Our NJ truck accident attorneys will fight to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation award possible in order to help get your financial future back on track.
Qualified Attorneys at Drazin & Warshaw PC Fight to Win Fair Compensation for Injuries Sustained in Freehold Truck Accidents
One of the major complications following a truck accident is establishing liability for the accident itself. Unlike most cases involving traditional car accidents, large corporations are involved in the trucking industry—meaning that multiple parties may have contributed to the accident. Our attorneys evaluate each party’s potential role in the events leading up to the accident, including:
- The truck driver
- The owner of the truck
- The owner of the truck’s cargo
- The trucking company maintenance staff
- The truck or truck part manufacturer
- The company that loaded the truck’s cargo
- The company that leased the truck from the owner
Because of the high dollar value of these cases, the trucking company, their insurance companies, and their attorneys are often aggressive in attempting to minimize their responsibility for the accident. Our attorneys are equally aggressive. If the truck driver’s negligent driving caused the accident, we will fight to hold the trucking company vicariously liable for that negligence. If the trucking company neglected its duties to inspect and maintain trucks, we will work tirelessly to determine whether the truck accident was due to company negligence.
Schedule a Free Consultation with the Skilled NJ Personal Injury Attorneys at Drazin & Warshaw PC to Discuss Your Howell Truck Accident Case
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a truck accident, it can be critical to retain the services of a skilled truck accident lawyer in order to level the playing field with the trucking company and their team of attorneys. We have a main office located at 25 Reckless Pl, Red Bank, NJ 07701, as well as offices in Hazlet and Brick, New Jersey. Call us at (732) 576-8860 (Red Bank) or (732) 264-6900 (Hazlet) to schedule a free consultation to discuss your Middletown truck accident case, or fill out our convenient online contact form to get started right away.
Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents in New Jersey
Q. It was obvious that the truck driver was speeding and caused the accident, but he denies this and no police officer was present to verify. How can an attorney prove that the truck driver’s reckless driving caused the accident?
A. Most trucks are equipped with a device known as a “black box,” which contains information regarding the truck’s speed and the driver’s actions behind the wheel. Our attorneys can fight to obtain and analyze this data to establish the truck driver’s negligent driving behaviors. If the black box is unavailable, Drazin and Warshaw uses reconstruction experts and often times 3D animation to recreate the accident scene and establish that speed was a factor in causing the accident.
Q. Why can I sue the trucking company when it was the driver’s aggressive driving that caused the accident?
A. Employers are legally liable for certain actions committed by their employees while the employee is at work. The legal theory of “respondeat superior” allows an injured individual to sue the employer if the employee’s negligence caused the injuries and the employee was working at the time the injuries were sustained.