Large trucks are more difficult to handle and control than smaller passenger vehicles. That is why truck drivers must receive special training and hold a special license to operate these vehicles. However, controlling a big rig or truck can become even more difficult when the trailer is improperly loaded or overloaded. Poorly loaded trailers can result in the vehicle veering out of control, jackknifing, or even losing its brakes. These types of dangerous situations commonly result in devastating truck accidents and injuries.
Victims of New Jersey truck accidents must prove that negligence was a factor in the crash in order to pursue financial compensation for their damages and losses. This process can be complicated and injured victims may have to fight against the truck company’s insurer and attorneys. In such cases, injured victims would be well advised to speak to a truck accident attorney who will work with investigators to uncover the true cause of the crash.
If the truck crashed into the back of the victim’s vehicle, it must be determined if the driver was speeding, inattentive, or distracted, or if the truck’s brakes failed because of an overloaded trailer. If the truck veered out of control, was it because of an unsafe lane change or from an unevenly loaded trailer that made the truck swerve? If the truck overturned, was it because the truck driver jerked the wheel or did the trailer have loosely packed cargo that shifted?
If overloading or improper loading caused a serious injury crash, the truck driver and his or her employer can be held liable for the damages. The experienced NJ tractor trailer accident injury attorneys at Lependorf & Silverstein have a long history of handling truck accident claims in New Jersey and fighting for the rights of injured victims and their families. Please contact us at (609) 240-0040 to discuss your potential claim at no cost.