According to the Motor Carrier Management Information System, there were 2,357 large trucks involved in New Jersey injury crashes in 2010. Because of the size and weight of big rigs, truck accidents often result in serious injuries. This is why it is crucial that truck drivers in New Jersey practice safe driving habits at all times. Sadly, there are many cases each year caused by truck drivers who are under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Because of the substantial damage trucks cause in New Jersey accidents, officials enforce severe restrictions on drunk driving for truck drivers. While passenger vehicle drivers are considered under the influence when their blood alcohol concentration (BAC) is .08 percent or higher, under the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Act, truck drivers may face DWI charges for having a BAC of .04 percent or greater. In DWI accident cases involving such negligence and wrongdoing, the at-fault truck driver and his or her employer may be held financially liable for the injuries and damages caused.
Victims of truck accidents would be well advised to exchange information with the truck driver, seek immediate medical attention, and contact an experienced truck accident attorney. A knowledgeable lawyer will stay abreast of the official investigation to ensure that the at-fault truck driver is held accountable for the injuries suffered. Truck accident victims can seek compensation for medical bills, the cost of rehabilitation services, lost wages, and other related damages. The family of a deceased truck accident victim can seek compensation by filing a wrongful death claim against the driver and the trucking company.
The skilled NJ big rig crash attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have years of experience holding truck drivers and trucking companies accountable for the injuries they cause. If you or a loved one has been injured in a DUI truck accident in New Jersey, please call our law offices at (609) 240-0040 to find out how we can help.