Being involved in an auto accident is traumatic, no matter what the circumstances. However, crashes involving trucks are different than those with other cars. An attorney who is well-versed in the disparities between them can ensure that your rights and needs are addressed during the settlement process.
In order to distinguish between the two types of auto accidents, it is necessary to look at definition of commercial vehicles as opposed to regular cars. Code 11 of the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Code identification of commercial trucks and tractors “includes every type of motorized vehicle used for commercial purposes, such as transportation of goods, wares and merchandise.” Trucks falling within this range include semis, moving vans and a host of other distinct equipment.
Because of the size and weight of these machines, the truck drivers have different guidelines when it comes to operation. Not only do they require more space for maneuvers, including stops, the general physics involved in an auto accident with a commercial truck are significantly different than a wreck involving two cars. Truck collisions often involve problems directly related to the vehicle itself, unlike cars where distracted driving and negligence are likely contributors.
Of course, truck drivers are subject to the same poor choices behind the wheel that face all drivers, including following too closely, driving while tired and other reckless mistakes. In addition to their own behavior, truckers are also dependent on others for their vehicle to operate properly. The owner of the vehicle, trailer, mechanical team and others might be liable instead of, or as well as, the truck driver.
When you have been in a crash with another car, the situation is relatively easy to assess. Drivers exchange information, the cops make note of relevant facts and determine driver errors. However, you will need more investigation in order to have your truck accident claim processed properly. This is why hiring an attorney quickly is so vital to your case.
Commercial truckers need specific licensing to drive big rigs as well as special licensing for various materials they might transport. If the driver didn’t have the appropriate licensure at the time of the auto accident, they will be liable. Your attorney will also check the truck records to ensure the driver had not exceeded their legal limit for hours on the road, whether the freight was properly secured and related documentation. This will help in determining exactly who is responsible for your medical and vehicle replacement expenses.
Don’t hesitate any longer. You deserve professional assistance with your auto accident claim. Contact our offices today and arrange for a consultation appointment. We will help you sort everything out and take care of your legal needs.