NEW JERSEY TRUCK ACCIDENT LAWYER
Fighting for the Victims of Negligent Truckers
If you or a loved one was injured in an accident with a commercial truck, call (800) 909-8129 as soon as possible. The experienced truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Lloyd E. Bennett, Esq., P.C. in New Jersey has been fighting for trucking accident victims since 1987, collecting tens of millions of dollars on their behalf.
What To Do After a Truck Accident
If you are involved in a trucking accident in New Jersey, remember to keep a cool head and do not say anything that may hurt a personal injury case in the future.
- Do not admit fault to the other party or the police — save the details for a truck accident attorney.
- Do not post anything about the accident to social media. If your accident makes the news or appears in social media, do not comment because anything you post online can be used in court.
What to do at the scene of a trucking accident in New Jersey:
- Check if you or your passengers have any injuries.
- Call 911 regardless of how minor you think any injuries are. Your adrenaline could prevent you from feeling pain or noticing injuries.
- Exchange information with the other party:
- Name, address, and phone number
- Insurance company
- Policy information
- License number
- If they are a truck driver, note the company they are working for and get the contact info for their employer (name, address, phone number)
- Take pictures of the accident and your injuries.
- Identify witnesses, collect statements and their contact information.
- If a person was injured or killed, or there was over $500 worth of property damage, the accident must be reported to law enforcement and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission (MVC). Request a copy of the accident report from law enforcement — it may be useful for insurance purposes.
Be sure to get medical attention as soon as possible. Document your injuries in a journal or note-taking app on your mobile device and update it often. Any information may be helpful during a trucking accident case. If you were injured in a trucking accident, reach out to our Union City trucking accident lawyer today.
Trucking Accident Statue of Limitations
If you are considering filing an injury lawsuit for a trucking accident, note that there is a statute of limitations based on the types of injuries that were suffered.
The statue of limitations for trucking accidents are:
- Injury to a person: 2 years to file a lawsuit
- Wrongful death: 2 years from the victim’s death
- Property damage: 6 years
Common Truck Accident Causes
The trucking industry is well-known among safety experts for being a dangerous (and dangerously unaccountable) sector of the economy. A global study of truckers worldwide found that 1 in 2 truck drivers had taken drugs or consumed alcohol behind the wheel of their rigs—some of which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. In the United States, studies revealed the top 10 “associated factors” that contributed to trucking accidents—two of them were the use of prescription and over-the-counter drugs.
Even among sober drivers, a combination of exhaustion and exceeding the speed limit were among the top critical factors that led to a truck accident. Why is trucking so deadly and dangerous for motorists? Because the trucking industry is pushing their drivers to meet deadlines, make their miles, and break federal regulations in order to make ends meet. Lobbyists for the industry are attempting to undo regulations such as mandated rest breaks or electronic log books—things that keep motorists and trucking employees safer.
In our accident investigations, we’ve found that trucking companies are as much to blame for accidents as their drivers are—and our firm has been able to prove it in court.
Tens of Millions Collected in Court & in Negotiations
Our New Jersey truck accident lawyer has the experience, insight, and resources your case needs to maximize its chance for success. Our team has been fighting for truck accident victims since 1987, holding shipping companies, drivers, manufacturers, and others accountable for unsafe practices. We refuse to let accident victims be mistreated or harmed without someone answering for it. Our mission is to ensure that you collect the maximum amount for your injuries.
If you choose to retain our firm, we will take no upfront fees or charge for our time. The only way we receive money is if your case wins—so no matter what, you lose nothing. If you’re not sure if the trucking company is to blame, speak with our firm as soon as possible. We’re happy to review the facts of your case, give you an honest look at your options, and help you take the next step.