Truck accidents are extremely dangerous due to the size and weight of the vehicles. If you are involved in a truck accident, you may be eligible to recover compensation. Read on to learn more about truck accidents in New Jersey.
How Are Truck Accidents Caused?
Truck accidents can be caused by a number of different factors. The most common causes include:
- Poor judgment: This can include driving errors such as speeding, reckless driving, improper lane changes, making dangerous turns, following others too closely, and more.
- Distracted driving: Truck drivers who do not pay attention to the road at all times while driving may not be able to maneuver their vehicle, or bring their vehicle to a stop in time to prevent an accident from occurring.
- Impaired driving: This includes drivers who operate trucks under the influence, while drowsy, or who suffer from a medical condition while operating the vehicle.
- Vehicle malfunction: This may be the case if the truck has a defective part or a part malfunctions while on the road.
- Poor conditions: Inclement weather conditions or poorly maintained roads can cause dangerous accidents.
What Do I Do If I Am Involved in a Truck Accident?
If you are involved in a truck accident due to the negligence of the driver, you may be entitled to recover compensation. In order to recover the compensation you deserve, there are some important steps to take:
- Call 911. The police can direct traffic to keep other drivers safe, conduct chemical tests, obtain witness statements, and file a report.
- Document the scene. Before leaving, make sure to take photos and videos of any damage done to your car, the truck, and any property involved.
- Obtain witness contacts. If the accident occurred on a highway or busy road, there is a good chance someone saw it happen. If anyone saw the accident occur, they may be able to corroborate your version of events.
- Seek medical attention. If you are involved in an accident, it is important to go to the hospital, even if you do not feel like you are seriously injured. It is possible to sustain an injury without realizing it. Additionally, going to the hospital will help ensure that your injuries are properly treated, while simultaneously providing you with proof of the origin and extent of your injuries.
- Contact a skilled personal injury attorney. An attorney may be able to obtain security footage and police reports to help your case.
- 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 claim.
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