Truck accidents can cause serious injuries and even death to those affected. If you or a loved one has faced the consequences of a truck accident in New Jersey, it is in your best interest to give our skilled Middlesex County truck accident attorneys. Here are some questions you may have:
What are the common causes of truck accidents in New Jersey?
There are several different ways that a truck accident can occur, and most of the time, they are a result of driver negligence. The majority of the causes that our firm has seen include the following:
- Drowsy driving: Federal law permits truck drivers 11 hours on the road within a 14-hour workday, allowing them to put in no more than 70 hours a week. This is because if a driver drives any longer than the allotted time, it can cause an accident because of drowsy driving.
- Safety regulations: If a truck driver chooses not to abide by the rules of the road, an accident can result. This includes switching lanes improperly, passing other vehicles dangerously, or following behind other vehicles too closely.
- Reckless driving: In the event that a truck driver is driving irresponsibly, it can be difficult for them to keep control of the vehicle and stop it if needed. The average truck requires a length of about two football fields to come to a full stop. If trucks are driving recklessly, it can be challenging to maneuver the truck.
- Poor visibility: Because of their size, trucks have a limited view of the road. Their large blind spots can entangle other smaller vehicles and provoke an accident to occur.
- Mechanical problems: It is possible for trucks to fail because of mechanical problems. This can involve tire blowouts, brake issues, breakdowns, and more.
How can I satisfy the burden of proof?
If you would like to pursue legal action for the physical, emotional, and financial burdens you have faced after a truck accident, it is important that you take a number of important steps. This is because you will have to prove that some form of negligence happened. The best way to accomplish this is by taking the following steps:
- Call 911. The police will dispatch an ambulance to the scene, direct traffic to keep the roads safe, file an accident report, perform chemical tests, and receive witness statements.
- Document the scene. If you are able, take plenty of pictures and videos of any damage done to your car, the truck, and any property affected.
- Obtain witness contacts. If anyone saw your accident happen, they may be able to verify your interpretation of the accident.
- Seek medical attention. It is essential that you seek medical attention at a hospital to ensure your injuries are adequately treated. Be sure to ask your doctor for a copy of any applicable medical documents.
Give our firm a call today to learn more about your case and your legal options.