Trucks are a regular fixture on the roads in New Jersey. While most travel safely and without incident, others can cause accidents. There are various reasons why truck accident claims are often more complex than those involving passenger vehicles.
Why truck accidents are so devastating
Truck accidents are often more devastating than accidents involving smaller vehicles and carry a much higher risk of catastrophic injuries and death. The weight and size of a truck and the type of cargo it carries are factors in that. Also, because of their center of gravity, trucks are more susceptible to rollover accidents, which often result in fatalities.
Trucks have different braking systems than passenger vehicles, which makes it take longer for them to stop. They also have multiple blind spots, making it easier for accidents to occur. As a general rule, if a driver of a passenger vehicle can’t see a truck driver in the truck’s mirror, the trucker can’t see them, either.
Factors that make truck accident cases complex
Certain factors contribute to truck accident cases being complex. One is that commercial trucks are heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). They must undergo regular inspections to ensure that they are in good working condition and safe to travel. Truckers require special qualifications and trucks must have regular maintenance. Trucking companies are also required to abide by all the rules, regulations and laws to ensure safety.
Depending on the circumstances, different parties may be liable for a truck accident. The driver, trucking company, cargo loader or manufacturer or even a third party might have acted negligently in causing the accident. In some cases, more than one party might be liable. However, it’s sometimes difficult to determine which party or parties are responsible for a truck accident.
Another reason why trucking accidents are often complex is that multiple vehicles are often involved. When this is the case, it can make it more difficult to determine how the accident occurred and what role the truck plays in it.
Although truck accidents are complex, knowledge is on your side. When you have all the facts, your claim may be easier.