Monmouth County Truck Accident Lawyer
Passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks have to share the roads on a daily basis in New Jersey. Of course, when something goes wrong and one of those Big Rigs causes an accident, it is often the people in those smaller passenger vehicles who bear the brunt of the damage. After all, your average car, bicycle, or even pedestrian is no match for an 18-wheeler in the event of a collision.
Because these accidents often leave the victims with catastrophic and life-threatening injuries, it is important to demand compensation from negligent truck drivers and the companies that employ them. A qualified Monmouth County truck accident lawyer can help. At Poulos LoPiccolo PC, we can represent you or a loved one who has been injured following a serious collision with a tractor-trailer or similar commercial truck.
Understanding the Common Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents
As with any auto accident, driver negligence is a frequent cause of truck accidents. If a truck driver is distracted, intoxicated, or impaired in any way, they can easily lose control of their 18-wheeler and cause a deadly multi-vehicle accident on a busy highway. In some cases, the driver may also be inexperienced or lack the proper training to handle such a large truck safely.
Unlike people who drive passenger cars, truck drivers are subject to strict federal and state regulations governing their “hours of service,” i.e., how long they can drive without stopping to rest. These regulations are specifically designed to prevent driver fatigue, which is a leading cause of truck accidents. Yet many truck drivers–often encouraged by trucking companies–try to skirt these rules in the name of making quicker deliveries.
Indeed, we find that in many truck accidents the companies that employ the truckers or load cargo onto the vehicles are often just as negligent as the driver. And in some cases the truck driver is just as much a victim as the other people on the road. For instance, if the trucking company failed to conduct proper maintenance or inspection of their vehicle, the truck’s brakes or another vital system may fail at a critical moment.
This is a key reason why you need to work with a personal injury lawyer who has experience in dealing with truck accidents. These are not simple fender benders. Truck accidents often require an extensive amount of investigation into the driver and the various companies involved with employing the tractor trailer and its cargo. There are often multiple parties responsible for truck accidents and it is important to know everyone who may be involved before heading to court.
NJ Truck Accident Lawyers Serving Ocean, Monmouth & Middlesex County
Truck accidents often lead to catastrophic injuries. Victims may require a lifetime of medical care. And if there are fatalities, the victims’ families are faced with a sudden loss of their loved one’s companionship and financial support.
That is why everyone involved in an 18-wheeler accident needs to be held legally accountable for their actions. If you or someone you loved has been injured or killed and you need to speak with an experienced New Jersey truck accident lawyer, contact Poulos LoPiccolo PC today to schedule an initial consultation.