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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.
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:
At Drazin & Warshaw, P.C., 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:
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.
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:
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.
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.
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, P.C. 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.