What Are My Legal Options After a Truck Accident in NJ?

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Truck accidents can cause severe injury and even death. If you or a loved one has faced the consequences of a truck accident, do not wait to reach out to our skilled Essex County auto accident to learn more about how we can help you.

What are the common ways that truck accidents occur?

There are a number of different causes of truck accidents in New Jersey, however, you will want to recognize that most of them are a result of driver negligence. Some common causes include the following:

  • Impaired driving: This can refer to drivers who drive trucks under the influence of drugs or alcohol, are drowsy or suffer from a medical condition. Non-performance mistakes are the third highest cause of truck accidents.
  • Poor judgment: Speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, making dangerous turns, and following others too closely can result in a serious accident.
  • Distracted driving: If drivers do not give the road their full attention, they may not be able to slow down or navigate the vehicle in time to stop an accident from occurring.
  • Vehicle malfunction: If the truck has a defective part or malfunctions on the road, it can result in an accident.
  • Poor conditions: In the event that a road is not properly maintained or there is inclement weather, accidents can happen.

What are the different types of truck accidents?

There are several ways that truck accidents occur. Some of the most common that our firm has seen include:

  • Blindspot accidents
  • Head-on collisions
  • Rollover accidents
  • Underride accidents
  • Jackknife accidents

How can I fulfill the burden of proof?

If you have been injured in a truck accident and would like to pursue legal action for the physical, emotional, and financial burdens you have sustained as a result, it is important to take the following measures:

  • Call 911: The police will dispatch an ambulance, file an accident report, ensure the scene is safe, and more.
  • Seek medical attention: Go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility right after an accident occurs. This will confirm that your injuries are adequately treated, while also providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries. Make sure you ask for a copy of any applicable medical documents.
  • Document the scene: While waiting for the ambulance, if you are able, take photos and videos at the scene of the accident.
  • Obtain witness contacts: If anyone witnessed the accident happening, they may be able to supply important witness testimony.
  • File your claim on time: The statute of limitations is typically two years from the date of the accident in New Jersey. If you do not file within two years, you may lose your ability to recover the compensation you need to heal and move forward.

If you are in this unfortunate situation, do not wait to give our firm a call today to ensure you are meeting each of your claim’s important deadlines.