Hold All Parties Responsible for a Truck Accident
Every year in New Jersey, innocent people going about their lives are injured in accidents with semi-trucks with some individuals even losing their lives. The stark reality is that a collision with a passenger automobile caused by a semi-truck oftentimes has disastrous consequences for the people in a car. A truck accident case can be complicated, requiring the tenacity of an experienced truck accident lawyer to ensure all responsible parties are brought to justice.
Common Causes of Semi-Truck Accidents in New Jersey
Catastrophic big-rig accidents occur for a variety of underlying reasons. There are several common causes of these types of accidents in New Jersey and across the United States. These include:
- A distracted driver
- An impaired driver
- An inadequately trained driver
- A fatigued driver
- Mechanical failure
- Maintenance oversight
- Speed in excess of the law or conditions
A distracted truck driver is an alarmingly common underlying cause for a collision between a semi and another vehicle. Some things that might distract a truck driver and cause him or her to cause a serious accident include:
- Talking on phone
- Using GPS or a map
- Adjusting the radio
- Talking to a passenger
Impaired semi drivers are a particular problem in this day and age. There is a growing amount of evidence to suggest that on U.S. roads, 200,000 rig operators who have substance abuse or addiction issues will be driving today. A considerable percentage of truck accidents involve a semi driver who is operating his or her truck under the influence of alcohol or some other mind-altering substance.
At least on paper, New Jersey has one of the strictest laws in the country when it comes to texting or talking on a handheld device when driving. The law prohibits texting and talking on a handheld device when driving a vehicle, including a commercial truck. Some people actually have said that this is one of the strictest anti-distracted driving laws in the country at this point in time. However, while this law is on the books, it is not strongly enforced across the state of New Jersey, at least thus far.
Ascertaining the underlying reason a semi-auto accident occurred can prove complex. The reality is that in the case of many semi accidents, there exists more than one underlying reason for the incident. For example, mechanical failure may have initiated a sequence of events that resulted in a catastrophic accident. However, the situation was aggravated by the direct negligence of the rig operator because that person was talking on a handheld mobile device at the time. Due to that distraction, the driver was not able to respond to the mechanical issue in a timely manner.
Identifying the Responsible Parties
As mentioned previously, identifying all the parties potentially responsible for a semi-truck and passenger car accident can prove to be a complicated process. In virtually any truck crash, at a minimum, two parties will be responsible for the collision. These are the big-rig operator and the trucking company. One exception is when the driver is an owner-operator, meaning there is no overarching trucking company involved in the matter.
Depending on the underlying cause of an accident, other potentially liable or responsible parties may include:
- The truck manufacturer
- The truck parts manufacturer
- Third-party semi maintenance provider
- Vehicle inspector
- Another driver
Protect Your Legal Rights With an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer
If you or a loved were in an accident involving a semi-truck, you can best protect your legal rights by taking the proactive step of retaining the services of a truck accident lawyer, like a member of the legal team at Rebenack Aronow & Mascolo, L.L.P. — RAM Law. You can schedule an initial consultation and case evaluation with a semi accident attorney from the firm by calling (732) 247-3600. We are located conveniently in New Brunswick at 111 Livingston Avenue.
There is no charge for an initial consultation with an attorney at Rebenack Aronow & Mascolo, L.L.P. In addition, there is no attorney fee charged to you unless the firm wins a favorable settlement or judgment for you.