During 2015, truck accidents were responsible for more than 3,800 deaths on roads across the country. An estimated 69 percent of these fatalities were occupants of passenger vehicles. In some cases, these accidents may have been caused by the negligent or reckless actions of other parties. These parties may include:
- Truck drivers. There are several instances where a commercial truck driver could be liable for your accident. For example, if the driver is texting behind the wheel or if they are impaired by drugs or alcohol. Another possible example could be if a driver caused a drowsy driving accident because they ignored hours of service rules.
- Commercial carriers. Trucking companies (also called commercial carriers) can also be liable for accidents. For example, if a trucking company failed to perform maintenance on vehicles, it could contribute to an accident. Trucking companies may also hire drivers who are not qualified to hold a commercial driver’s license.
- Vehicle and auto parts manufacturers may release products with defects. For example, if a company produced tires that were prone to blowouts and this defect caused a truck accident, they may be liable for damages.
- Other third parties. In some cases, workers employed by shipping companies who load cargo onto trucks can be responsible for accidents. If cargo is not loaded onto a truck properly, it could cause the vehicle’s center of gravity to shift. This could cause the truck to tip over during a sharp turn.
Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer to File a Lawsuit?
More than one party could have contributed to your or a loved one’s truck accident. Damages from a truck accident lawsuit could help pay for expenses caused by catastrophic injuries or wrongful death. It is important to speak with an attorney as soon as possible after a truck accident. In some cases, trucking companies may spoil evidence, such as information found on a truck’s electronic control module. This is sometimes called the “black box” for commercial trucks because it could contain data that showed what caused the accident.
The New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Targan Pender & Strickland, P.C. have decades of experience helping victims of truck accidents and their families seek justice.