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Truck accidents and New Jersey civil lawsuits

If you are a New Jersey motorist, then you know that our state is a hub for commercial traffic along the eastern seaboard. Each day, thousands of tractor-trailers make their way hauling goods across the roadways of our state. Most of these professional truck drivers and the companies who employ them operate within the bounds of acceptable safety practices. However, the high volume of commercial trucking along New Jersey roads means that there are some that are indifferent to public safety.

New Jersey recognizes the law of vicarious liability. This means that in some truck accident cases, the company that owns the truck can be held liable for the accident in addition to the driver. For example, the law contemplates that a trucking company should exercise reasonable care when hiring its drivers. Therefore, a trucking company who hired a driver without a Commercial Driver's License may incur liability. Additionally, a trucking company that compelled their drivers to operate their trucks beyond allowable state and federal driving hours may also be liable to the injured party.

If you have been injured in a preventable truck accident, our firm wants you to know that we have over 150 years of combined legal experience. We represent clients against truck companies and their insurers throughout New Jersey and particularly Hudson and Bergen Counties. Because we are interested in promoting traffic safety in our community, we are very familiar with local high-traffic, accident-prone highways such as the New Jersey Turnpike and Garden State Parkway.

We want you to know that if you are a Spanish speaker, Hablamos Español. Our firm stands ready to help represent you in your claim to recover compensation for your medical costs, lost wages and other related expenses. To learn more about seeking compensation, please take a few moments to visit our truck accident webpage.

Source: Greenberg, Walden & Grossman, LLP, "Car Accident Attorney" Sep. 18, 2014

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