Mercer County Truck Accident Attorneys
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Commercial trucks are the largest and heaviest vehicles on the road and as a center for commerce in the Garden State, Mercer County has a lot of truck traffic. Big rigs are a common sight on the New Jersey Turnpike and state highways such as Route 1, 29, 31, and 130. Because of their size and weight, which could reach up to 80,000 pounds, commercial trucks are very dangerous to other smaller vehicles, which is why they are strictly regulated. Unfortunately, this does not mean all truck drivers and trucking companies always follow the rules.
Big rig accidents can be devastating to the occupants of smaller vehicles. If you have suffered a serious injury as the result of a truck collision, the Mercer County personal injury lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. can aggressively pursue justice and fair compensation on your behalf so that you may have the financial support you need to recover from your injuries. To learn more about how we can help, contact us at (609) 240-0040.
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If your big rig accident was caused by the negligence or recklessness of another, you have the right to pursue legal action. Because commercial trucks are so strictly regulated, there are a number of different ways that a truck driver or trucking company may be considered negligent. If it is determined that your accident was caused by any of the below actions, you may be entitled to file a New Jersey personal injury claim:
- Fatigued driving (Hours-of-Service violations)
- Distracted driving
- Driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs
- Speeding or other traffic violations
- Improper maintenance
- Poor repair of dangerous conditions
- Defective truck equipment
- Overloading (all vehicles over 10,000 pounds must weigh in New Jersey)
While all of the above can potentially cause a serious injury accident, fatigued driving and trailer overloading are particularly dangerous. Continuing to drive beyond the number of hours established by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) is not only illegal, but risks the lives of everyone else on the road. A fatigued driver has slower reaction times and can fall asleep at the wheel and lose control of the vehicle.
Overloading the trailer is also very dangerous. Drivers and trucking companies often do this to deliver/transport more cargo and make more money. But increasing the weight of the vehicle makes it harder to operate. New Jersey has nine weigh stations and scales throughout the state in order to identify and ticket trucks that are over established limits. If you were involved in an accident with a truck that had received such a citation, it may be used as evidence on your behalf.
A truck accident victim faces a lot of obstacles in the way of his or her recovery. Truck drivers and trucking companies have their insurance companies and the lawyers that work for those insurance companies fighting tooth and nail to avoid paying a fair settlement, even if the accident was their fault. The dedicated Mercer County auto accident attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are prepared for any tactics defendants may use to avoid taking responsibility for their actions. We can help you get the money you deserve so that you can focus on healing. To learn more about how we can help you obtain financial security, call us for a free consultation at (609) 240-0040.
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