Common Causes of Truck Accidents
Info from an Experienced New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer
Motor vehicle accidents cause devastating damage to property and severe injuries or death. One of the first things an attorney learns is the human cost behind trying personal injury and wrongful death claims. A car accident with a truck is especially destructive due to the size disparity between the vehicles and the complex physics behind these collisions.
A New Jersey truck accident lawyer from the Spevack Law Firm knows the most common types of truck accidents in and around Middlesex County. We can then recognize the underlying causes. With several law offices located across North NJ, including our main Iselin office and offices in New Brunswick, we are positioned to handle truck accident cases across the state. In fact, we have successfully done so since establishing our Woodbridge personal injury law firm in 1928. If you need help, please call us now at (732)636-3030.
What are the Leading Causes of Truck Crashes?
Truck driver error is a leading cause of accidents with ordinary motorists. Although the drivers of these massive vehicles should have specialized training to operate them, this is not always the case. Even the most highly trained professional operator can still make mistakes. Some of the more common contributing factors include:
- Adverse road conditions, such as ice or uneven surfaces
- Bad weather, such as snow or rain
- Faulty equipment or mechanical failure, including ineffective brakes or bad mirror placement
- Aggressive driving, including tailgating and speeding
- Distracted driving, including using a cell phone or other device
- Impairment from drugs or alcohol
These different causes of truck accidents can lead to distinct types of wrecks. Our New Jersey truck accident lawyer describes the most common truck accident types and their causes below.
Types of Truck Accidents and Personal Injury Causes
One of the most recurrent truck accident types is the “rear end collision,” where the truck impacts your car from behind. Eighteen wheelers require 40 percent more time to come to a complete stop than an ordinary car. This depends on the weight of their load, road conditions and other factors. The length and shape of commercial trucks mean that there are a number of blind spots where the driver is unable to see traffic conditions. Additionally, the driver may turn unsafely into occupied lanes if he/she cannot see something in the blind spot.
“Head-on collisions” occur when a truck and a car directly impact each other from the front. This often occurs because of improper turns or crossing into oncoming traffic. Head-on collisions can cause serious injury, including traumatic brain injury, spinal cord injury and wrongful death.
“Jackknifing” is one of the most dangerous types accident to which trucks are susceptible. A truck “jackknifes” when the trailer pushes the cab from behind until it spins around and faces backward. This action causes the entire length of the truck to swing out of control and into the road, where it can crush other cars.
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If truck driver error or negligence has hurt you, then you should consult with a Middlesex County attorney who has the knowledge and ability to assess the truck accident and discover the cause. Our attorneys zealously represent your interest against the trucking company’s professional legal team.
The truck accident lawyers at the Spevack Law Firm have been successfully litigating cases and gaining fair accident compensation for claims involving commercial truck accidents for more than 85 years. Litigating personal injury and wrongful death claims is what we do. Contact a New Jersey truck accident lawyer at our firm today, or call us at (732) 636-3030.