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Truck Accident Lawyer- Bergen County, New Jersey

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New Jersey car crash injury lawyers representing victims in Bergen, Hudson, Passaic, Morris, Essex, and Middlesex counties.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a serious crash, enlisting the help of an experienced New Jersey truck accident attorney gives you the necessary muscle needed to win a complex case. New Jersey gained notoriety in 2012 when Forbes Magazine listed our state as having the second-worst driving record in the nation, just behind Washington D.C. They listed Newark, Jersey City, Paterson and Elizabeth among the top 25 cities for accident frequency. Unfortunately, truck accidents account for many of the fatalities and most serious injuries.

The NJ car accident lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh have been fighting for the rights of injured motorists for the past 25 years. We serve Hackensack, Paramus, Bergen County and all of Northern NJ, as well as all five New York City boroughs, Long Island, Westchester and Rockland.

New Jersey truck accident statistics

The New Jersey Police Department reports that 37 trucks were involved in fatal motor vehicle accidents in 2011. While this number is small compared to the 493 passenger vehicles involved in deadly crashes, truck accidents have the capacity to injure more people and hit more vehicles based on sheer size and weight alone.

The New Jersey Department of Transportation offers the following crash data from 2011:

  • There were 249,716 total motor vehicle crashes, with 61,542 injuries and 554 fatalities.
  • Ten counties accounted for nearly 75% of the motor vehicles accidents.
  • Bergen, Monmouth, Middlesex, Essex and Hudson had the most crashes.
  • Most car accidents occur on municipal or county roads and 23% consist of rear-end accidents.
  • More than a third of crashes occur at intersections that do not have a signal.
  • The I-95, I-80, New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway had 68 fatal crashes.
  • Driver inattention and unsafe speed were leading factors in highway fatalities.
  • Distracted driving caused 3,244 crashes, particularly in Essex, which had 542 texting accidents.
  • Thanksgiving is the most dangerous holiday travel period, with 39 fatal crashes.

Causes of truck accidents

Truck drivers must possess a special commercial license in order to operate their vehicles. Even so, nearly one-third of all truck accidents are attributable to driver-related factors.

Driver-related factors contributing to truck accidents include:

  • Fatigue
  • Distraction
  • Poor decision making
  • Intoxication
  • Panic

Truckers may cause an accident when they:

  • Speed
  • Fail to yield
  • Follow too closely
  • Miss a driver in a blindspot
  • Misjudge gaps in traffic
  • Veer out of their lanes
  • Make dangerous wide turns
  • Lose control due to poor cargo loading

The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration study found that 44 percent of truckers involved in accidents were taking prescription and over-the-counter drugs; 23 percent were traveling too fast for the road conditions; and 18 percent were fatigued.

It is believed that most of these accidents could have been prevented through improved safety procedures, training, substance testing, and better regulation of scheduling.

Determining causation is not always an easy task, which is why a truck accident attorney is an invaluable resource. The Bergen County accident lawyers at Eisbrouch Marsh have experience in obtaining eyewitness reports and other records that pertain to truck accident cases. We also understand the law inside and out, so we know which areas of weakness to look for, whether it’s a brake recall or a repeat safety issue within a particular trucking firm.

Who is at fault in a New Jersey truck accident?

New Jersey is a “no-fault” insurance state, meaning that the medical bills of each driver are covered by his or her own auto insurance policy. While this law is meant to discourage prosecution, there are certain cases where filing a truck accident lawsuit is prudent.

Truck accident lawsuits commonly involve collisions where there was:

  • A Death
  • Loss Of A Fetus
  • A Serious Fracture
  • Long-Term Disability
  • Dismemberment
  • Significant Disfigurement
  • Permanent Scarring

A truck driver can be held liable for a crash when his or her behavior can be determined as “negligent” or in violation of driver safety laws. However, there are other parties that may be sued in the event of a truck accident.

Other parties that can be sued as a result of a truck accident include:

  • Trucking Companies
  • Brake or Tire Manufacturers
  • Shipping Companies
  • Maintenance Personnel

In some cases, the trucking firm may be held liable for “negligence.” Sometimes negligent action is discovered – like the truck driver who depowered the front brakes to save on tire and brake replacement costs or the driver who couldn’t be bothered to complete a full pre-trip inspection.

Other times, your crash may constitute as a product liability case. The Department of Transportation study found that nearly 30 percent of all large truck crashes involved brake failure. If the truck brakes do not meet federal standards for braking force, deceleration capacity and adjustment, then the manufacturer or maintenance personnel can be held liable.

Types of injuries sustained in truck accidents

At Eisbrouch Marsh, we handle truck accident lawsuits involving a variety of serious and even life-altering injuries.

Truck accidents are associated with injuries such as:

  • Spinal trauma and paralysis
  • Brain injuries
  • Burns
  • Broken bones
  • Death

In these cases, you may be compensated for medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and wrongful death. It’s not uncommon to see verdicts and settlements reach several million dollars with the right NJ truck accident lawyers working on the case.

Finding a personal injury lawyer in NJ

Finding motor vehicle accident attorneys is not hard to do. On the other hand, finding a good truck accident lawyer in New Jersey is not always an easy task.

Here are a few general tips to help you in your search for the best car accident attorney:

  • Look for dedicated truck accident attorneys – people who have fought and won these cases.
  • Stick with lawyers who are members of professional bar associations.
  • Settle for no less than a decade’s worth of experience in trial litigation.
  • Avoid anyone who asks for an upfront fee to “review your case.”
  • Come up with a list of questions to ask so you can gauge the firm’s responsiveness.
  • Ask for a list of past truck accident lawsuit settlements and verdicts the firm has won.

Get a New Jersey truck accident attorney in your corner

Eisbrouch Marsh can help you navigate the complex legal system to get the justice you deserve after a devastating or fatal car crash has turned your life upside down. With over 25 years of legal expertise and a long list of winning truck accident lawsuits in NJ, residents of Hackensack, Paramus, and throughout Bergen County and Northern New Jersey are in good hands with us.

New Jersey law stipulates that accident victims have two years from the date of the injury to file a truck accident lawsuit, so be sure to call 201-342-5545 right away to have a NY and NJ personal injury attorney review your case, free of charge.

  1. Department of Transportation - The Large Truck Crash Causation Study, http://www.fmcsa.dot.gov/facts-research/research-technology/analysis/fmcsa-rra-07-017.htm
  2. Forbes - Cities With The Worst Drivers, http://www.forbes.com/sites/jimgorzelany/2012/08/28/cities-with-the-worst-drivers-2012/
  3. The New Jersey Star-Ledger –Prosecutor: Truck Driver Was Under The Influence In Fatal Old Bridge Crash http://www.nj.com/middlesex/index.ssf/2014/04/route_9_old_bridge_fatal_crash.html
  4. NJSP - Fatal Motor Vehicle Crash For NJ, http://www.njsp.org/info/fatalacc/2011_fatal_crash.pdf
  5. NJ DOT – Motor Vehicle Crash Overview, http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/811701.pdf