Hackensack Truck Accident Lawyers
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Tractor-trailers, big rigs and semi-trucks perform a vital service—but can also cause devastating trucking accidents when safety rules are ignored. It takes very little for an 80,000 pound truck to destroy an ordinary car. One simple act of carelessness on the part of the truck driver can lead to permanent and even catastrophic injuries for those in surrounding cars.
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If you or a loved one have been hurt in a trucking accident, you may have the legal right to financial compensation. The experienced personal injury lawyers at The Epstein Law Firm, P.A. have a proven track record of successfully helping clients recover fair compensation for trucking accident injuries.
Trucking accident cases can be complicated. You most likely will be making a claim against a commercial insurance policy maintained by a deep-pocketed trucking company. Multiple parties may be involved—both at the plaintiffs’ and defendants’ tables.
Our injury lawyers are here to put our legal skills and courtroom experience to work to hold responsible parties accountable. If you or a loved one have been hurt in a trucking accident, acting quickly is important. Financial compensation may be the last thing on your mind, so our lawyers are here to fight on your behalf. Call us today to learn more about our proven Hackensack trucking accident lawyers.
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Driver Negligence is a Leading Cause of Trucking Accidents
It’s a common scenario to see large trucks speeding down the New Jersey highways to get their cargo from point A to point B. One of the most significant causes of trucking accidents in New Jersey and across the U.S. is driver error. Truck drivers who fail to drive safely have the potential to cause life-changing accidents. Forms of driver error, or driver negligence, include:
- Driver distraction
- Aggressive driving
- Failure to yield the right of way
- Driving while overly exhausted or impaired by alcohol or drug use
- Failure to stay in the lane
- General carelessness
Proving Liability in a Trucking Accident Case
Even if driver error was clearly the cause of the trucking accident, that does not end the inquiry into who bears financial responsibility for the accident. Most truck drivers are employed by a trucking company. Employment status is significant, because it means that another company may be the party required to pay compensation in your case.
At the Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our talented trucking accident lawyers will conduct a full investigation to identify all available sources of compensation in your case. Potentially responsible parties include:
- The truck driver
- The company that owns the truck
- The company that loaded the cargo onto the truck
- The maintenance company
- The truck manufacturer
- Companies that serve as intermediaries between the trucking company and the cargo company, and are sometimes responsible for tracking movement of the truck cargo
Trucking accident injuries are often much more serious than those sustained in an ordinary car-on-car accident. One party’s insurance coverage may be insufficient to provide the compensation you need to pay your medical expenses and make up for lost wages. At the Epstein Law Firm, P.A., we strategically approach your case to determine every available compensation source so that you get the compensation you need.
Challenges in Investigating a Truck Accident
Because most truck drivers work for a trucking company, they are often trained in what to do in the event of an accident. Rather than first making a 911 call, the truck driver may be directed to call the trucking company or a lawyer first.
In other words, they have started building a defense strategy before you have even received medical treatment. That gives the trucking company an edge in the investigation—their insurance adjusters and defense lawyers will jump into action immediately to try to minimize liability.
As a trucking accident victim, you need an experienced trucking accident lawyer who is equally motivated to fight for your rights. At The Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our lawyers boast 120-plus years of combined experience. We are dedicated to putting in the hard work needed to find creative and effective solutions for our injured clients.
Our lawyers can make sure that valuable evidence is preserved, including:
- An electronic recording device, similar to an airplane’s “black box”, that records information about the truck
- Records of the trucking company’s hiring practices, including driver training and screening
- Maintenance and inspection records
- Information about the truck’s cargo and precautions taken (or omitted) to prevent hazardous materials from causing harm in an accident
- Eyewitness testimony
- And more
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At the Epstein Law Firm, P.A., our trucking accident lawyers are passionate about protecting the rights of people who have been hurt because of someone else’s carelessness. Our lawyers understand the legal process so that you don’t have to. We have decades’ worth of legal training and practical experience in handling complex trucking accident cases, including tractor-trailer accidents, and we know how to win cases.
We don’t get paid unless we win compensation for you, so contact us today for a free case review.
Frequently Asked Questions About NJ Trucking Accident Claims
Yes, you should notify your insurance company. However, you should also speak with an experienced trucking accident lawyer. Under New Jersey no-fault insurance laws, you may begin by making a claim for medical benefits and property damage with your own car insurance policy. If your injuries were serious, the situation may quickly become more complex. Your policy limits may simply not cover the extensive damages that trucking accidents can cause. Our lawyers can help find out who is responsible. We can also speak on your behalf to ensure you don’t say anything that could allow your insurance company to deny your claim.
Call 911 immediately—even if you see a trucking accident happen and are not involved. Remember that the truck driver, who is in a much larger vehicle and may not be hurt, may not make the 911 call first. Medical care should be your first priority. If you can, taking photos and videos of the accident scene is valuable. Retain an experienced trucking accident lawyer as soon as possible. A lawyer who has experience handling these cases can work to get the evidence needed to prove liability even after the accident if you were injured and unable to document the scene.