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Large commercial trucks are intimidating. They are much larger than your vehicle – and behave so differently on the road – that you have likely felt some apprehension when driving near one. Unfortunately, large truck accidents are a reality of the roadways in our country, and too often, they’re severe and even fatal. Owing to their enormous size and the conditions in which truck drivers are sometimes asked to operate, large truck accidents are significantly more likely to result in severe damage or death. 

 

At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., we take large truck accidents seriously. If you’ve been injured because of a trucker’s negligence, you may be entitled to financial compensation for all of your damages. Family members who have tragically lost a loved one in a truck crash may also have a claim for wrongful death. An experienced NJ truck accident attorney can help you fight for justice and claim every dollar to which you are entitled under the law. You should know that commercial truck drivers and their employers are subject to higher safety standards according to New Jersey personal injury law. In many cases, the truck owner or employer is liable for the driver’s negligence. 

 

The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. have many years of experience in successfully seeking justice for victims so they can move on with their lives. Call us at 1-833-JIMHELPS to schedule a consultation.

Personal Injury Claims for Large Truck Accidents in New Jersey

Those injured in large truck accidents can recover for a wide range of physical, emotional, and economic damages. The goal of New Jersey personal injury law is to put you in the same position you were in before the accident (or as close to that as possible). Usually, such restitution takes the form of financial compensation. At our firm, a NJ truck accident attorney will fight for your full recovery. Auto accident cases — including commercial trucks — usually involve insurance companies. Insurers have large legal teams and will do their best to pay you as little as possible. That’s why you need an experienced attorney on your side. 

At The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A., we’re used to taking on insurance companies. We know how to handle them. The insurance companies are only looking out for themselves and will make a lowball initial offer (they will do their best to pay as little as possible when a claim is filed). An adjuster will be sent to investigate your injuries, including possibly watching your every move when you are at home or work. They will try to find anything they can use against you so that they do not have to pay for the claim you filed against the truck driver. You must speak with a NJ truck accident attorney before accepting any settlement offer made by an insurance company, even if you are hurting financially and need to pay your bills.

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Rules of the Road for Commercial Truck Drivers

Commercial truck drivers are required to take breaks, stay well-rested, and behave responsibly on the road. The law puts caps on how many hours they can drive before getting some sleep. Employers must also be careful about who they entrust with the authority to drive their trucks. Often, large truck accidents happen because someone failed to play by the rules. Our firm will investigate the accident to determine whether the employer and/or driver compiled with trucking laws. Even if they did, the driver might still have been negligent in his or her performance on the road.

 

An investigation into a truck accident conducted by an NJ truck accident attorney will begin with the truck driver and these questions: 

 

  • Did the truck driver falsify the hours of service log? 
  • Did the driver fail to take the required breaks? 
  • Did the truck have a recall notice that was never handled? 
  • Did the truck driver fall asleep at the wheel? 
  • Was the driver impaired? 

 

All of these questions will be asked and answered by our team of investigators as we build a case against the truck driver, the trucking company, the shipper and/or the manufacturer of the truck.

 

Wrongful Death Lawsuits Involving Large Truck Accidents

Because large truck accidents are so often fatal, wrongful death lawsuits are commonly part of the litigation process. Under New Jersey personal injury law, certain family members are allowed to sue a negligent party if the negligence results in a loved one’s death. Wrongful death lawsuits are intended to recompense family members who have suffered emotionally or financially. Lost benefits and wages, loss of companionship, and pain and suffering are all recoverable under wrongful death law. An NJ truck accident attorney can help your family take action after suffering a wrongful death. 

 

The loss of a loved one for any reason is unbearable. It can become overwhelming and difficult to move forward when your loved one dies due to the negligence of another person or a company. Wrongful death of a loved one rips the person from your life. You didn’t have time to say goodbye, much like you do when an elderly relative passes away or when you lose a family member who has battled a lengthy illness or disease. Our attorneys will handle your case with extreme care and diligence so that you are properly compensated for the loss of your loved one. Call us at 1-833-JIMHELPS to start the compensation process.

How to Safely Drive Near Large Commercial Trucks

Driving near a large commercial truck is daunting and stressful. You’re worried if they can see you, wondering if they will come into your lane unannounced, and concerned if they are following too closely behind you. All of these are valid worries when driving on a major highway or small road. Here are some important tips you can follow to make sure that you are safe when near a large commercial truck:

  • When merging, allow for plenty of room, so the truck does not hit you.
  • When changing lanes, allow for plenty of room.
  • Stay out of the truck’s blind spots (sides, rear, and even the front).
  • If you cannot see the truck driver in the truck’s side-view mirror, the driver cannot see your vehicle.
  • If you are changing lanes in front of a truck, accelerate, so you are far enough away from the truck.
  • Do not drive in the middle lane with a truck on either side of you.
  • Do your best to yield the right of way to trucks. as they cannot stop as quickly as your vehicle
  • If a truck is following too closely behind you, safely move to another lane of travel

Schedule a Consultation with a New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer

If you’ve been injured in a trucking accident, or if you’ve lost a loved one due to someone else’s negligence, an experienced NJ truck accident attorney at The Law Offices of James C. DeZao, P.A. can help. Remember, auto and truck accident cases are subject to a statute of limitations (a time limit), so you should contact a New Jersey truck accident lawyer immediately to ensure you do not waive your right to possible compensation. We accept most trucking-related cases on a contingency basis, which means you will only pay for our services once we’ve recovered money in your case. To schedule a free consultation today, call 1-833-JIMHELPS or simply use our online quick connect form. We’ll help you understand the law and take the best next steps.

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