Roads in the state of New Jersey can be a very busy place. There are always many vehicles trying to get to where they need to be. Sometimes, accidents can happen if drivers are not careful on the road. Truck accidents are some of the most dangerous to happen on the road because of their massive size. They are the largest vehicle on the road, weighing in at as much as 30 times more than a regular passenger vehicle. Because of their size, trucks can be more difficult to control than other vehicles are. If a truck driver is not safe, they could cause very serious injuries to other people on the road. If you were injured as the result of a truck accident, an experienced attorney in Middlesex County can assist your case.
Types of Accidents
Truck accidents may happen on the road in a variety of different ways. Every outcome of an accident can be different than another one depending on the two vehicles that collide. In the case of a truck accident, the outcome can depend on how small the vehicle was that it collided with. Some examples of truck accidents can be:
- Head-on collisions
- Rollover accidents
- Blind spot accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Underride accidents
Causes of Accidents
When a truck driver does not do their job properly and follow the rules of the road, they have the potential to cause harm to many people. Poor driving decisions can severely injure other individuals on the road. There are several things that may factor into causing a truck accident. Some factors may include.
- Safety regulations: If a truck driver violates certain rules of the road, they may cause an accident. This includes change lanes improperly, passing other vehicles unsafely, or follow behind other vehicles too closely.
- Reckless driving: If a truck driver is driving irresponsibly, it can be difficult for them to control the vehicle and bring it to a stop. The average truck needs a length of about two football fields to come to a complete stop. If trucks are driving recklessly, it can be difficult to navigate the vehicle.
- Poor visibility: Due to their size, trucks have a restricted view of the road. Their large blind spots can trap other smaller vehicles and cause accidents.
- Drowsy driving: Federal law allows truck drivers 11 hours on the road within a 14-hour work day, giving them no more than 70 hours a week. If they drive any longer than this, they may cause an accident due to tired driving.
- Mechanical problems: It is possible for trucks to fail because of mechanical issues. Some issues may cause accidents. This can include tire blowouts, brake issues, breakdowns, and more.
In order to hold another party responsible for your injury after an accident, you must prove that the party was negligent. This requires you to find evidence that proves the accident and your injury were a direct result of that negligence. Trucks often have a “black box” that records their speed before the accident happened. It is important to have a truck company or insurance company secure this information before it can be deleted.
Contact our Firm
If you or someone you know has been injured as a result of a truck accident and seek legal representation, contact the Law Offices of Stathis & Leonardis, LLC. today.
Stathis & Leonardis, LLC is an experienced personal injury law firm in Middlesex County, New Jersey that is committed to helping clients who have been hurt because of the negligence of another party. If you have been involved in a motor vehicle accident or were injured on another person’s property, contact our firm today.