Truck accidents can cause serious injuries and even deaths, so it is the responsibility of trucking companies and owners to make sure that their vehicles are running properly and safely. A truck that is not on a proper maintenance schedule can be the cause of an accident that leaves tens or even hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage behind. If you were injured in an accident with a truck and suspect that the negligence of a trucking company was partly to blame, our Monmouth County, NJ truck accident attorneys can help you.
How Often Can Poor Maintenance Cause Truck Accidents?
A recent study from the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration showed that vehicle failure was the main cause of around 10% of truck accidents. Such failures were also at least a contributing factor to almost 40% of truck accidents. So it is clear that proper maintenance should be a top priority for trucking companies.
Why Are Truck Accidents So Dangerous?
All motor vehicle accidents can be dangerous, but accidents involving trucks are generally more likely to cause serious injuries and deaths. This is primarily due to the weight of the truck and its cargo. A fully-loaded 18-wheeler can have a total weight many times that of a passenger car, and that increases the likelihood that a collision will be deadly.
If a trucking company ignores regulations and does not prioritize maintenance, they are creating an unsafe environment for other motorists. They need to be held accountable when an accident causes death or catastrophic injuries like paralysis or concussions.
What If I Have Bills to Pay After an Accident?
A truck accident can result in a pile of medical bills and weeks of missed work. We will help you pursue compensation that will make up for all of the costs of this accident, including:
- The cost of past and future medical care
- Lost wages
- Any loss of earning potential
- Pain and suffering
- The cost of replacing or repairing your car
Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?
A truck accident lawyer from our firm can handle every aspect of your personal injury suit for you. We will:
- Defend you from any accusations of wrongdoing
- Gather evidence
- Communicate on your behalf
- Field settlement offers
- Talk to witnesses
- Investigate the safety history of the trucking company
- Work with experts who can recreate the accident
Finally, your lawyer will do their best to hold all liable parties accountable. If the poorly maintained truck was the problem, we can hold the mechanics and trucking company accountable. It is also possible that the driver contributed to the accident by being on the road for too many hours or ignoring the mandated need for breaks. If someone contributed to your accident, we will build a case that shows that and do our best to hold each party accountable.
Schedule Your Consultation
If you were injured in a truck accident, let our legal team help you fight for the compensation that you deserve. Contact the Wilton Law Firm and schedule your consultation today. We would love to take the time to talk to you about your case.