Truck Accident Attorneys Serving New Jersey

According to the Federal Highway Administration (FHWA), truck routes in and out of New Jersey extend to nearly every state of the continental United States, and New Jersey’s reliance on trucking is greater than many realize. Trucking remains the lifeblood of the American economy, and New Jersey residents involved in one or more segments of the trucking industry know this well. Trucking, when combined with negligence, also presents extreme danger to people on and near the roads of Union City.

If you or your loved one was injured or killed in a truck accident, you may have a legal route to obtaining compensation.

The Legal Definition of What Constitutes a Truck

The term “truck” covers an array of different vehicles, and not all trucks present the same level of danger. The possibility for a truck to inflict significant damage to humans and their property depends on:

  • The length and height of the truck
  • The weight of a truck
  • The nature of the truck’s function
  • The load being carried on a truck at any given time

The differences that exist between trucks, such as their weight, determines the classification that a truck falls into. According to the Office of Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, there are eight truck classifications. The higher a truck’s classification, the higher its potential to cause serious injury or death when involved in an accident. Accidents involving trucks that are used for commercial purposes come with a few legal considerations that are not applicable in collisions that do not involve commercial vehicles.

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Responsibilities of Truck Owners and Drivers

When a Union City truck accident involving a commercial vehicle occurs, there are three parties who may be examined for liability:

  • The truck driver
  • The person who employs the truck driver
  • The person who contracts the truck driver

These parties have several responsibilities that fall within their duty of care. For people who own and maintain truck fleets driven by employees or contractors, responsibilities include:

  • Vetting all drivers (both employees and contractors) for red flags or disqualifiers in their personal and professional histories
  • Maintaining their fleet of trucks, including purchasing new parts and making necessary repairs in a proactive way rather than reactive, to avoid a dereliction of duty
  • Training all employees and contractors on best driving practices, safety practices, driving hour limits (As per the Federal Motor Carriers Safety Administration (FMCSA)), and the importance of safety over speed
  • Implementing a clear, consistent system for gauging driver performance and doling out punishment for violation of safety and performance expectations
  • Implementing random drug and alcohol testing for all drivers

Taking these steps is meant to minimize the odds that an unfit driver will get behind the wheel of a rig or engage in behaviors that increase the risk of an accident. Drivers also have several responsibilities that are paramount to others’ safety, which include the following duties:

  • To refrain from using drugs or alcohol before or during driving
  • To abide by limitations on driving periods
  • To obey speed limits and other rules of the road
  • To ensure their truck has no mechanical problems that could pose a risk
  • To ensure that their load is secured before departing
  • To refrain from any behavior that qualifies as distracted driving
  • To be aware of the danger trucks can pose to others

Most truck drivers recognize the immense risk that their vehicle—which may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds—poses to other motorists, passengers, and pedestrians. When a driver does not act accordingly, they may act negligently and possibly cause serious injury or death.

If you or a loved one was impacted by a New Jersey truck accident, call our team at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. today at (201) 585-9111 for a free consultation.

Client Success Story

The Office of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi have been so helpful in my case that I just wanted to stress to anyone needing an attorney who has been in an accident that this office is the best. From the beginning of my case I was treated as number one. Mr. Maggiano and staff always kept me informed of the entire process of my case. I even had a driver, Juan, from their office, take me to my medical appointments because I no longer have an automobile. It just made me feel so much more relaxed. This is a law firm makes you feel right at home as soon as you come in. There were many times that I had questions and I would speak to Mariel, Mr. Maggianos’s paralegal and she would always be there to help

- Kenneth Gadsden

Client Success Story

I cannot express how grateful and pleased I am to have had Christopher DiGirolamo and his paralegal Christine Carrino represent me in connection with my personal injury action.

What had happened to me was an event that was about to completely change my life.

Initially I was unable to go to the offices of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi because of my injuries. I had been hit by a motor vehicle while walking in a crosswalk. Christopher came to me. He offered not only expert legal advice but helped significantly with other things like obtaining police reports, how to handle telephone calls, photographing the scene and even advice about warding off “adjusters” who came knocking on my door. Most importantly, Christopher listened. His compassion, knowledge and understanding cannot be overstated.

I, as a lawyer with medical knowledge who needed a lawyer, would consider myself to be somewhat of a challenging client. Christopher took all this in stride and was fearless in offering guidance and advice when I was having difficulty looking at things objectively. Christopher allayed my anxieties and made me feel better each and every time we spoke. He put things in perspective for me while at the same time, not sugar coating the difficult days ahead that were in store for me, both physically and throughout the legal proceedings. Christopher asked me about my preferences and my choices. He was always interested in my ideas and my point of view. Christopher balanced my convictions with his undeniable objectivity and expertise.

Throughout the protracted course of discovery and pre-trial conferences, Christopher went out of his way to communicate with me and keep me informed. When Christopher was in court we engaged in many real time texting sessions. He respected my decisions about strategy and was constant in upholding his integrity. With Christopher’s tenacity and wit, the case was ultimately resolved without trial.

Christopher and the law firm of Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi, P.C. made every effort to accommodate me in whatever way they could. I offer my thanks and gratitude.

- Karen

Client Success Story

Nothing but praise for Maggiano, DiGirolamo, and Lizzi. I have never seen such a fantastic display of teamwork at all levels of the firm. (As an aisde, everyone one who works at the firm was extremely courteous and kind – character traits that one would not typically associate with a law firm. )

Furthermore, the legal results brought about by Mr. Maggiano’s tireless litigation efforts on our behalf were very fair and just. If you ever find yourself in a car accident, be sure to consult Maggiano, DiGirolamo, and Lizzi.

- Haig Norian

A Union City Truck Accident Lawyer May Be Able to Help

A Union City truck accident lawyer can lay out the steps for you to pursue compensation after a New Jersey truck accident if you or your loved one was the victim of negligence. A lawyer can help assess your case and determine who should be the subject of your lawsuit.

Truck Drivers and Their Employers May Share Liability

Depending on the circumstances of your New Jersey truck accident, your lawsuit will name one or more people as defendants. Defendants in your case could include:

  • The driver of a truck
  • The owner of a truck
  • The person who pays the truck driver, which could be a private individual or government entity
  • Another party who contributed to your accident in some way

Your Union City truck accident lawyer will familiarize themselves with the facts and evidence of your accident to help you determine who should be named as defendants in your lawsuit.

A Lawyer’s Goal Is to Prove the Presence of Negligence

People who own trucks, pay drivers, and drive trucks are responsible for taking every foreseeable step to prevent harm to others. Any failure to adhere to this responsibility may become the focus of your case if it proves that you were the victim of negligence. In other words, your lawyer may argue that the defendants in your case did not take every foreseeable step to protect you from harm.

Your lawyer will work toward this goal by:

  • Conducting an investigation into the history of any companies or individuals who are named as defendants in your lawsuit
  • Collecting evidence pertaining to your specific accident
  • Formulating an evidence-based case for why you are entitled to compensation
  • Completing every legal requirement to bring your lawsuit to completion
  • Representing you in settlement negotiations or at trial
  • Defending your rights

Your lawyer’s central mission, which includes proving negligence, is to help you obtain any compensation that you are entitled to. This may include coverage for:

  • Your medical expenses originating from the truck accident
  • Lost income due to the injuries you have suffered
  • Pain and suffering caused by the accident and its aftermath

Verdicts and Settlements

$1,067,000 - Truck Collision

To a female truck driver who suffered fibromyalgia following a multi-vehicle accident.

$1,061,392 - Tow Truck Crash

To a 42-year old truck operator and auto mechanic who suffered ulnar neuropathy, bulging lumbar disc, torn meniscus right knee and post traumatic stress disorder when he was struck by a tow truck backing up during a job thereby ending his two occupational careers.

$6,200,000 - Truck Accident

A commercial truck driver disabled after a crash which resulted in a traumatic brain injury.

Call Our Team at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. Today

A New Jersey truck accident can knock you out of the workforce, require you to endure medical care, and derail your life. You may be entitled to financial coverage for your losses if negligence played a role in your truck accident. Call our truck accident lawyers at Maggiano, DiGirolamo & Lizzi P.C. today at (201) 585-9111 for a free consultation.