What to Know About Truck Accidents in New Jersey

When truck accidents occur, the results can be catastrophic. Due to their sheer size and weight, trucks are some of the most dangerous vehicles on the road. If you are injured 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?

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

  • Poor judgment: 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.

Types of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents could happen in a multitude of ways. Some examples of truck accidents can be:

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

Fulfilling the Burden of Proof

If you are injured due to the negligence of a truck driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover this compensation, you should make sure to take the following steps:

  • Call 911
    • The police can help direct traffic, file a report, conduct chemical tests, and interview witnesses.
  • Document the scene
    • Taking photos and videos at the scene of the accident is one of the most important things you can do when it comes to a personal injury accident. Make sure to document any damage done to your car, the truck and any property involved.
  • Seek medical attention
    • If you are involved in a truck accident you are likely seriously injured. It is important to go to the hospital, your doctor, or an urgent care facility immediately after an accident. This will help ensure your injuries are treated while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
  • File your claim on time
    • In New Jersey, you will generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim.

If you have been injured in a New Jersey truck accident, reach out to a skilled personal injury attorney as soon as possible.

Contact our Experienced New Jersey Firm

If you have been injured due to the negligence of another party and wish to speak with an attorney, contact the Law Office of Christopher T. Howell, Esq. today.