Causes of Truck Accidents
New Jersey Truck Collision Attorney
If you or a loved one has been injured, or someone close to you has died in an accident involving a commercial truck, then The Epstein Law Firm is here to help. Tractor trailers are an intimidating presence on the road and many times they can be far too overbearing for passenger vehicles. Regardless of how many millions of miles a trucker may have traveled in his or her lifetime, the risks of being on a road with vehicles of that size are ever-present.
Half of Trucking Accidents Caused by Driver Error
While some truckers are simply unfamiliar with a roadway, or suffer from fatigue because of overwork and schedule deadlines, the fact of the matter is that the top two reasons for truck accidents are: 1) prescription drug abuse & 2) reckless driving. In fact, a recent study has shown that the United States averages around 141,000 truck accidents per year and that over 77,000 of those accidents have proven to be strictly the fault of the truck driver.
Establishing Responsibility for Injuries
Establishing responsibility in a truck accident requires thorough investigation by authorities and experienced personal injury attorneys like us. If the injured driver of the passenger vehicle was at fault in any way, then the settlement he or she may be entitled to will be reduced by the percentage of his or her liability for the accident. If the accident is found to be entirely the fault of the truck driver and the truck is owned and maintained by a corporation, the truck driver and the company are both liable for the accident. If the truck driver owns the vehicle but is contracted out by a corporation, then the company is only liable to the extent that they actively supervise the driver. The manufacturer of the truck may also be held accountable if the cause of the accident is found to be a vehicle defect. Many people do not understand these rules and regulations, and thus are afraid to go after compensation for fear of being overwhelmed by attorneys who work for multi-million dollar trucking corporations. However, at The Epstein Law Firm, our lawyers have proven time and time again that the average person has nothing to fear in these cases.
Over 70 Years of Combined Experience
Our trucking accident lawyers have taken on many trucking companies and obtained the compensation our clients deserve. The Epstein Law Firm has over 70 years of combined experience, and we have claimed many substantial settlements for our clients who have suffered personal injury. Many of these verdicts have favored our clients in excess of over $1 million. You can view actual outcomes of some of these cases on our News and Notable Cases page.
Free Case Evaluation
Remember, establishing liability in a truck accident is necessary in order to win a fair and reasonable settlement for the injured parties. There may be several factors and claims involved in a single case, thus it is important to place your trust in the knowledgeable and caring hands of The Epstein Law Firm. Please contact us today for a free and professional consultation, and begin the steps toward getting the compensation that you deserve.