Truck Accidents

New Jersey and Pennsylvania Truck Accident Lawyer

Truck accidents can involve 18-wheelers, construction vehicles, dump trucks, garbage trucks and other large maintenance and commercial vehicles. An Accident with these types of vehicles generally results in serious injuries. If you have been injured in a truck or commercial vehicle related accident, reach out to our qualified injury attorneys today.

Liability in Truck Accidents

Determining and proving liability in a truck accident is more complex than a car accident. With truck accidents, there are many more potential parties at fault and many possible actions leading to an accident. Negligence can be on account of the:

  • Driver
  • Trucking company
  • Maintenance Company
  • Manufacturer

And there are many potential factors to consider when trying to figure out what led to the truck accident, such as:

  • Negligent Driving
  • Mechanical Failure/Poor manufacturing
  • Breach of the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations

The FMCSA requires that all truck drivers adhere to the following regulations:

  • Drive no more than 10 hours on any shift
  • There must be at least 8 hours between every shift
  • Keep an accurate logbook that details all hours driven and all breaks taken
  • Operate the truck fully alert and not under the influence of drugs, alcohol, or some prescription medications that can cause drowsiness
  • Follow truck maintenance schedules that are set by law
  • Ensure that all cargo is loaded and secured properly
  • Operate hazardous material (HazMat) loads in compliance with the law
  • Operate all oversized loads in accordance with the law. This means they must be moved on the appropriate trailers.

Federal and State Laws

A Trucking Company Could be Negligent if they Fail to:

  • Train, manage, or supervise their employees correctly
  • Perform accurate background checks on employees
  • Hire drivers with a clean driving record
  • Load the truck correctly or overload the vehicle
  • Maintain the truck and trailer
  • Replace broken or defective equipment
  • Have recall notices corrected on the vehicles

Our attorneys are equipped with the knowledge and expertise required to bring your truck accident case to settlement or trial, if necessary.

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