Although the commercial trucking industry is strictly regulated, carelessness and negligence often lead to truck accidents. If you have been injured in a truck accident and you believe another party may have been at fault, contact a truck accident lawyer at Dunne, Dunne & Cohen, LLC, headquartered in Hoboken, NJ. Our team of attorneys can work to hold the appropriate party responsible for your injuries and fight to secure the compensation you deserve.
Types of Truck Accidents
Because trucks are so large, they can easily cause significant injuries and property damage. Some of the most common types of truck accidents include:
- Rollovers – Rollover accidents often occur when a truck is carrying a top-heavy load and going at excess speed.
- Head-On and Side-Impact – Excessive speed, impaired driving, and carelessness when changing lanes can result in head-on and side-impact accidents.
- Jackknifing – When a towing vehicle and trailer become folded at an angle, a jackknifing accident can take place. This type of accident often happens when a tractor trailer’s brakes lock up.
- Rear-End Collisions – Due to their size, trucks need more time and room to stop than cars. Therefore, excess speed can result in a rear-end accident.
- Underride Collisions – If a car rear-ends a truck, it may slide beneath the rear trailer.
- Lost Cargo Load – Failure to secure cargo can lead to large and deadly objects spilling out of a moving truck.
- Runaway Truck – If the brakes on a truck fail, it can easily result in a fatal accident. This is especially true on steep declines.
- Blown Tire – A tire blowout can cause a truck to lose control. The condition of the truck’s tires is the responsibility of the motor carrier and driver.
Because there are so many potential parties at fault, it is imperative that you have a skilled truck accident lawyer on your side to determine who is responsible.
Causes of Truck Accidents
Truck accidents can occur for a number of reasons, including:
- Inadequate Training – If a truck operator does not receive proper training, it can result in a preventable collision.
- Improper Maintenance – Commercial trucks must undergo proper maintenance. If, for example, an overly worn tire blows out, it can cause serious harm to other motorists.
- Sleep Deprivation – It is not uncommon for long-haul truckers to drive for long periods of time to deliver cargo as early as possible. However, doing so poses harm to other drivers. There are federal and state regulations regarding the number of hours operators can spend on the road in a day, but some drivers elect to ignore those rules.
- Overloaded Cargo – Overloading or improperly loading a truck can decrease stopping distance and increase the risk of an accident.
- Negligence – Some truck drivers fail to remain attentive on the road. Even a brief lapse in concentration can result in a deadly accident.
Determining Liability in Truck Accidents
Several circumstances can lead to a truck accident. In some cases, the driver may have acted negligently or recklessly. In other instances, the truck may have been poorly maintained or designed. There are numerous parties that may be liable in a truck accident including:
- Truck Owner
- Trucking Company
Why You Need a Lawyer
Because there are so many potential parties at fault, it is imperative that you have a truck accident lawyer on your side to determine who is responsible. Dunne, Dunne & Cohen will work on your behalf to secure compensation for:
- Medical expenses related to your injury
- Loss of income
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Reduced quality of life
Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer
Our attorneys at Dunne, Dunne & Cohen handle all types of personal injury claims. We will identify the responsible party or parties and aggressively pursue compensation on your behalf. Call one of our three offices or request a consultation online today.