Trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road due to their size and weight. As a result, when accidents happen, they are often severe. If you are injured in an accident due to the negligence of a truck driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about truck accidents in New Jersey.
How are Accidents Caused?
There are a number of reasons why truck accidents occur, but the most commonly, accidents are a result of:
- Poor judgment: Any error in driving can lead to an accident, which is why it is important to be cautious while driving such a large vehicle. Dangerous driving can include speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, making dangerous turns, following others too closely, and more.
- Distracted driving: When a truck driver does not give the road their full attention, they may not be able to slow down or navigate the vehicle in time to prevent an accident.
- Impaired driving: The third leading cause of truck accidents is non-performance errors, including a driver operating the vehicle under the influence or while drowsy. This may also occur if they suffer from a medical condition while driving.
- Vehicle malfunction: This may occur if the truck suffers from a defective part or malfunctions on the road.
- Poor conditions: If the road is not properly maintained or if there is inclement weather, it can cause an accident.
What Circumstances Impact Your Claim?
There are a number of things that will impact your claim if you decide to take legal action. Some of these circumstances include:
- Whether the driver was officially “on the clock” for his employer
- Whether the delivery vehicle was owned by the driver or the employer
- The insurance policy covering the delivery vehicle
- The condition of the company’s delivery car or truck
- If the company set unrealistic delivery deadlines for drivers
- If the employer knowingly hired a driver with a history of traffic violations or impaired driving convictions
It is important to file your personal injury claim on time. In New Jersey, you will generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your claim. Failing to file in time will likely mean losing your chance to recover compensation.
If you have been injured in a truck accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We understand the burden an injury can take and we will fight to help you recover the compensation you deserve.
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