Truck Accident Lawyers in Middlesex County
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As part of the New York Metropolitan Area and home to busy communities like New Brunswick, Middlesex County, New Jersey carries a substantial load of large truck traffic each year. Large trucks may be making deliveries to one of the county's many homes and businesses, or they may be passing through on their way to deliver cargo from the busy ports of New Jersey or New York to other points in the United States.
Regardless of their goal or cargo, however, large trucks have one thing in common: when they collide with a car, bicyclist, or pedestrian, serious injuries can result. At Lependorf & Silverstein, our dedicated Middlesex County auto accident lawyers have experience handling large truck accident cases, from investigating the causes of the crash to fighting to hold any negligent parties accountable.
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The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) classifies most "large trucks" as those weighing 10,000 pounds or more. A fully-loaded tractor-trailer may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds. By contrast, the average passenger vehicle on New Jersey roads weighs less than 3,500 pounds, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). When a truck collides with a car a fraction its size, those in the car often suffer catastrophic harm.
A truck accident in Middlesex County may have one or more causes. Some common causes of large truck crashes include the following:
- Driver error. A truck driver may simply make a mistake, from overcorrecting while steering to failing to brake in time to prevent a rear-end or other type of crash. While not all truck driver errors are due to negligence, many do result from the driver's failure to take the necessary care required behind the wheel.
- Driver fatigue. A common driver error is failing to get the necessary rest and sleep in order to be alert behind the wheel. The driver may be exceeding the federal hours of service requirements in order to get a load delivered on time, or the driver's employer may have ordered the driver to stay on the road against his or her best judgment. Both are serious problems that can easily cause a crash.
- Mechanical problems. Trucking companies and truck owners have a responsibility to make sure their vehicles are in proper working order. Mechanics have a responsibility to carry out repairs properly, so that they do not impair the vehicle's safety or make a problem worse. And truck parts manufacturers have a responsibility to make parts that are free from hidden defects that could cause an injury or accident. When any of these individuals or companies fails to take the necessary care, serious harm can result.
- Cargo problems. Cargo that is not loaded properly, that is not adequately secured, or that is secured with straps or chains with hidden defects, may shift or come loose during transport. This can easily cause harm, especially if the cargo is especially heavy or is a hazardous material like an acid or a corrosive gas.
Truck accident injuries can leave survivors with permanent disabilities. In the most serious crashes, injuries can even prove fatal. If you or someone you love has been hurt in a truck accident, please don't hesitate to contact the skilled Middlesex County personal injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. at (609) 240-0040 today for a free consultation.
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