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The Top 3 Most Common Causes of Truck Accidents

How many times have you been driving on the highway only to have a large tractor trailer pull up beside you? For New Jersey commuters, this is an all too common occurrence, especially since New Jersey is situated between two major metropolitan cities. In fact, Interstate 95, which travels through Fort Lee and a stretch of the New Jersey Turnpike, has earned the reputation of being the most truck-congested area in the country, according to the American Transportation Research Institute. Learn more about how these types of accidents occur and how a personal injury lawyer can help you recover compensation below. 

Fatigued Driving

One of the major contributing factors of trucking accidents is due to the long hours that truck drivers work. There are rules in place for how long truck drivers can be behind the wheel before they have to take a break, however that doesn’t mean the rules are always followed. Despite best efforts to make deliveries or pick up shipments on time, unexpected delays or mandatory deadlines can cause a truck driver to want to push themselves to get back on track or in some cases, get back home to their loved ones. Truck drivers may also receive mixed messages from their employers, which may cause them to drive fatigued until they physically feel they have to stop. 

Read more: How Well Can Truck Drivers Actually Sleep?

Aggressive and Reckless Driving

If you’re a New Jersey driver, you’re probably all too familiar with road rage. This form of reckless and aggressive driving can result in catastrophic injuries for those involved. If a truck driver is fatigued, they may become frustrated more easily. Truck drivers are also under an incredible amount of stress to meet deadlines, which could also lead to aggressive driving habits. If this is the case, then a truck driver may take aggressive action such as trying to pass another vehicle or cut someone off without taking into consideration the weight of their vehicle, resulting in the truck to tip over and potentially create a major accident. 

Read more: Truck Drivers And Dangerous Lane Changes

Lack of Appropriate Training

Perhaps one of the most common causes of truck accidents results from drivers having inadequate training. Not only do truck drivers require a specific license to operate one of these big rigs but they should be adequately trained before ever making their first delivery. Truck drivers face a variety of different hazards while on the road that are not limited to rain, snow, icy roads and driving in extremely congested and foreign areas. A truck driver should be able to navigate these situations and the elements in an effort to not hurt themselves or others on the road. Any driver who isn’t properly trained is a reflection of the trucking company, and an injured party will most likely file a claim against both the driver and company. 

Read more: Holding Trucking Companies Accountable For Accidents

Contact A Rochelle Park Personal Injury Lawyer To Discuss Your Truck Accident Case In New Jersey

Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a truck accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at the Epstein Law Firm, P.A. represents clients injured because of truck accidents in Ridgewood, Mahwah, Montvale, Teaneck, Fort Lee and throughout New Jersey. Call 201-380-7687 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 340 West Passaic Street Rochelle Park, NJ 07662.

The articles on this blog are for informative purposes only and are no substitute for legal advice or an attorney-client relationship. If you are seeking legal advice, please contact our law firm directly.

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