Commercial truck drivers are held to incredibly high standards because of the dangers that their large vehicles pose.
Anyone on the road with a commercial truck would hope that the driver is operating his or her vehicle professionally and safely. Unfortunately, this is not always the case.
When a trucker fails to adhere to New Jersey or New York or any other state’s traffic laws or chooses to ignore federal safety regulations set by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, the commercial trucker could put an average motorist at risk of injury or even death.
Big-rig truck accidents can include the following:
- Trailer jackknifing
- Vehicle rollovers
- Multiple car pileup
- Explosions or oil fires
- Rear-end, head-on or T-bone collisions
- Cargo overloads
- Toxic exposure to hazardous material in cargo
Big-rig or semi-trucks can cause significant damage to innocent motorists on the road. In addition to property damage, any accident involving a commercial vehicle can include serious injuries, catastrophic injuries, and fatalities.
Truck driving is one of the most tiresome and time-consuming jobs. Fatigue and schedule pressure can take a toll on truck drivers, causing accidents and deaths. If this is the case, the driver and sometimes the trucking company are at risk for liability if an accident occurs, especially if the company has ignored the federal law and forced the driver to work overtime.
Truck driver negligence is a leading cause for accidents. In addition to stay-awake drugs, and energy drinks, such as Red Bull or 5-Hour Energy, drivers could use recreational drugs or alcohol that holds them and the trucking company liable.
Finally, was the trucker weaving in and out of traffic or cutting off other vehicles? If a driver of a truck was driving recklessly, he can be held liable for any injuries or damages caused by his behavior.
If you were involved in a big-rig truck accident that was caused by no fault of your own, you could be left with serious medical expenses – don’t settle before you know your legal rights.
At the personal injury law offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, we know your rights and we know that you are entitled to seek compensation for all of your damages. We are dedicated to every case from seeking medical assistance to securing the final outcome of your case. We will be at your side every step of the way.
Call us today in one of our conveniently located offices in Fort Lee, New Jersey or New York City.