Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Truck Accident?

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An injury can take a major toll physically, financially, mentally, and emotionally. If you have been injured due to another party’s negligence, you may deserve compensation for the burdens you face as a result of the accident. If you are recovering from a serious injury, you may not be focused on taking legal action right away, but it is important that you do not wait too long. Read on for more information regarding truck accidents in New Jersey.

Who Can Be Held Responsible for a Truck Accident?

There are multiple parties that may be held responsible for an accident. The following parties may be at fault when it comes to pursuing legal action:

  • Negligent truck drivers: When truck drivers speed, drive while fatigued, drive while intoxicated, or otherwise disobey the rules and regulations of the road, they drastically increase the chances of a serious accident occurring.
  • Negligent truck company employers: If a truck company employer does not ensure that his or her drivers are certified and properly trained, they may be held partially accountable in an accident. Additionally, if a truck company employer made his or her employees drive past the legally-acceptable amount of hours and an accident occurs, the truck company employer may also be held responsible.
  • Negligent truck company employees: Truck company employees are responsible for maintaining the trucks and ensuring they are in optimal condition. They are also responsible for loading the trucks, and if a truck is improperly loaded, it may become unbalanced and topple over as a result, harming others on the road.
  • Faulty truck parts: At times, truck accidents are due to faulty truck parts created by negligent product designers or manufacturers. In this case, you would file a product liability lawsuit.

How Long Do I Have to File a Claim?

If you wish to pursue legal action, you will have to make sure to file your claim on time. In New Jersey, you will generally have two years from the date of the accident to file your personal injury claim. If you fail to file on time, you will most likely lose your opportunity to recover the compensation you deserve.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in New Jersey, contact our firm today to speak with an experienced attorney. We understand the toll an accident can take and we are here to help you recover the compensation you deserve.


Retaining an attorney after an injury-causing accident is the most effective way to ensure that you receive the compensation to which you are legally entitled. To learn more about how we can help you, call the Wilton Law Firm today at 732-275-9555 or send us an email through our online contact form.