Many of the most devastating New Jersey truck accidents are preventable. Unfortunately, a number of truck accidents occur as a result of truck drivers’ and trucking companies’ negligence. Individuals and companies whose negligence results in a New Jersey truck accident can be held accountable for their actions.
Tractor trailer driver negligence is one of the most common causes of large truck crashes. Some truck drivers push federal rules and regulations by working longer than is legally allowed without rest. In such cases, they may be fatigued and prone to falling asleep or losing focus. Other forms of big rig driver negligence include speeding, making unsafe lane changes, driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, and tailgating.
There are some cases in which truck owners and trucking companies are partially responsible for the accident as well. It is crucial for semi truck owners to properly inspect the vehicle for defects and worn brakes and tires. Trucking companies must also hire their drivers responsibly by ensuring that they are properly trained and licensed and that they have a good driving record. Big rig companies are also required under the law to maintain proper driver logs and vehicle maintenance records.
The experienced New Jersey tractor trailer accident lawyers at Lependorf & Silverstein have a proven track record of handling cases that involve negligence on the part of the semi truck driver or trucking company. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, please contact us at (609) 240-0040 for a free and comprehensive consultation.