If you’ve ever witnessed or survived a truck accident, you get that every truck accident is a harrowing experience. Semi-trucks, after all, are many, many times the weight and size of your car, so truck accidents can cause devastating injuries. In New Jersey, we know a thing or two about complicated highways and byways, and due to the sheer volume of our traffic, we experience our share of truck accidents—so every single time you get behind the wheel, always make arriving alive your top priority.

If a truck accident injured you, you know the trauma and injuries such accidents can cause—and you’re not alone. The dedicated truck accident attorneys at The Levin Firm are here to help. We have the experience, skill, and compassion to ensure that your claim reaches its best possible resolution.

Rules and Regulations for Truckers

Truck drivers are professional drivers, and as such, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMSCA) regulates and imposes on them rules to keep our roads safe for everyone, including:

  • Restrictions on hours of driving and overall service time
  • Mandatory truck maintenance schedules
  • Truckers’ rules of the road
  • Restrictions on trucker conduct
  • Restrictions on trucker impairment
  • Restrictions on cargo loading
  • Restrictions on the transportation of hazardous materials

While the FMSCA’s broad regulations can result in harsh fines and penalties, truckers’ hectic schedules often push them beyond the boundaries of these regulations, which can contribute to big rig accidents. Trucking companies can make matters worse by implementing unrealistic delivery routes and schedules. In the end, truckers are often prone to harsh working conditions that tend to contribute to truck accidents and cause severe injuries to accident victims.

Your Truck Accident Claim

While every accident is unique, truck accidents often play out differently than ordinary car accidents. Specific circumstances frequently contribute to the unique nature of big rig accidents:

The Defendant in your claim

While the at-fault driver is typically the defendant in a car accident claim, in an accident involving a semi-truck, potential defendants can include far more than simply the trucker. In fact, the trucking company, the truck’s manufacturer, the truck’s mechanic, and the trucker can all potentially share liability in a truck accident case—depending on the specifics of your claim.

Relevant insurance policies

In a truck accident, multiple insurance policies may come into play, including the trucking company’s overall policy, the policy on the truck involved in the accident, and the truck owner’s policy. Because the financial stakes are typically much higher in 18-wheeler accidents, you may need coverage from several different insurance policies to pay for all of your medical bills.

Professional drivers

Because truckers are professional drivers, the FMSCA and state laws hold them to more strict driving standards, and as such, the law holds trucking companies to more stringent hiring standards. When they fail to meet these standards, accidents can ensue.

Business as usual

Trucking companies are in the business of moving cargo and making money, and they’re generally ready for action whenever an accident involves one of their rigs. They typically orchestrate such actions well, with extensive investigations, expert witnesses, a cadre of attorneys, and more. This abundance of resources often leaves the injured driver at an utter disadvantage.

The circumstances specific to truck accidents make them especially complicated. If an accident involving a tractor-trailer injured you, you need experienced legal counsel.

What Causes Truck Accidents

Several factors that frequently contribute to truck accidents include:

The trucker’s negligence – Truckers drive—a lot. The dull and tedious work can make plenty of distractions attractive, including the ever-popular smartphone. Distracted truckers are negligent truckers, and they can cause truck accidents.

Long shifts behind the wheel – Long-haul truckers spend a lot of time on the road, and while the law heavily regulates them, the demands of tight and even unrealistic schedules can contribute to driver fatigue. Driving while fatigued is extremely dangerous, but the exacting demands of the trucking business leave truckers prone to this condition.

Blind spots and no zones – Truckers experience significant blind spots—or no zones—all the way around their rigs. These blind spots are most significant on the truck’s right side, which makes passing a truck on the right extremely dangerous. Because we all share the road with these Goliaths, we must allow them the room they need to maneuver safely.

Inexperienced truckers – While truckers must obtain commercial licenses and receive appropriate training, trucking companies sometimes cut corners in their rush to get trucks on the road. A trucker with the appropriate license is not necessarily ready to take on a haul—and such inexperience can lead to devastating truck accidents.

Poorly packed loads – Semi-trucks are massive and extremely heavy. When crews don’t load them according to appropriate weight guidelines, they can become top-heavy and extremely difficult to maneuver in adverse situations as their loads shift and move the truck’s center of gravity. Improper loading can significantly contribute to the seriousness of a truck accident.

Inadequate truck maintenance – Trucks are huge machines that require regular maintenance to remain safe on the road. Such maintenance includes routine inspections of tires, brakes, mirrors, coupling mechanisms, and much more. Poorly maintained trucks can cause serious accidents.

Truck accidents are always serious and seriously complicated, and you should never try to manage such a claim on your own. If a truck accident injured you or someone you care about, you need an experienced truck accident attorney.

If a Truck Accident Injured You, Contact an Experienced Atlantic City Truck Accident Attorney Today

Truck accidents result in traumatic and extremely dangerous injuries. The experienced truck accident attorneys at The Levin Firm in Atlantic City understand just how much devastation these accidents can cause, and we’re here to help. Our skilled legal team has the knowledge, commitment, and compassion to help effectively and efficiently navigate your truck accident claim toward its best possible resolution. Please contact us online or call the law firm at (215) 825-5183 for more information about how we can help you.

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