What are Common Causes of a Truck Accident in New Jersey?

As a result of the Coronavirus and stay-at-home orders, people have begun stocking up on specific products more so than others. The high demand has caused more shipments to be made to stores, bringing trucks on the road more often. It is crucial for truck drivers to be careful, as these vehicles are the most dangerous on the road. Truck accidents can cause life-changing injuries to the people involved. It is because of this that injured parties can work to recover compensation with the help of a skilled New Jersey personal injury attorney.

What are Causes of Truck Accidents?

A New Jersey truck accident can happen as a result of a variety of things, including the following:

  • Poor judgement: Speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, making dangerous turns, following others too closely can cause an accident.
  • Distracted driving: When drivers do 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: This can include drivers who operate trucks under the influence, are drowsy, or suffer from a medical condition. Non-performance errors are the third leading cause of truck accidents.
  • Vehicle malfunction: When the truck has a defective part or malfunction on the road, it can cause an accident. 
  • Poor conditions: When a road is not maintained or there is inclement weather, accidents can happen as a result.

How do I Pursue Legal Action?

Individuals who sustain an injury in a truck accident often want to pursue legal action so that they can recover compensation for the damages they sustained. This can be done by filing a personal injury claim. It is important to know that, in doing so, the injured party is required to prove negligence to be successful. This involves gathering evidence that shows the injuries were a direct result of the other party’s behavior. The negligent party may not always be the truck driver, but sometimes a third-party in certain situations. Evidence for a claim can consist of medical records, a police report from the accident, pictures or video of the scene, witness testimonies, and more. 

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If you have been injured as a result of a personal injury accident and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.