Your Dedicated Firm When A Truck Accident Changes Your Life

So many of our daily needs are met by the transportation of goods across New Jersey's highways and roads, and truck transportation plays a hugely important role in getting those goods to our stores and front steps here in New Jersey. That said, trucks can be dangerous and if they are not properly maintained and operated, their use can result in serious injury and even death.

It seems most days we hear of some kind of serious trucking accident on New Jersey roads. In 2013 alone, 3,964 people were killed in the U.S. in accidents involving large trucks and another 95,000 were injured in truck accidents. Notably, the vast majority of those injuries and deaths were suffered by pedestrians and occupants of vehicles other than the truck.

At Smith & Gaynor, LLC, our truck accident attorneys will work with you to get a large settlement or verdict if you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident in order to cover current and future medical expenses, as well as loss of earnings and property damage.

With close proximity to I-287, I-80, Rt 24, and Rt 202, we have extensive experience handling auto accidents of all kinds, including motorcycle and truck accidents.

Who Is Liable For Your Trucking Accident?

In a trucking accident, there will potentially be multiple defendants who may be liable to an injured plaintiff. These can include the driver, the company that employed the driver, and any entities that employed the trucking company to transport its goods.

The trucking company is generally liable for the actions of its drivers through the legal principle of vicarious liability and may be separately liable for the maintenance of its trucks or negligent hiring of the driver.

Punitive damages—financial damages charged as a punishment to the liable party—may also be available if the truck driver was driving the truck while intoxicated. There are times when reckless company policies may also lead to punitive damages. For example, if the truck driver was expected to drive for multiple shifts without taking the proper rest to maintain alertness.

Entities who employed the trucking company may also be liable on a vicarious liability basis and for any negligent and/or reckless acts that may have played a part in an accident. New Jersey employs the concept of joint and several liability, and thus any party that is at least 60% responsible for a plaintiff's injuries may be liable to pay for all of the plaintiff's injuries.

If you have been the victim of a truck injury, it is important that you obtain experienced and tough legal counsel who will find out who the responsible parties are and hold them accountable in a court of law for your injuries.

Contact A Seasoned Accident Lawyer Today

Before you sign any settlement agreement or otherwise accept any settlement from a trucking company or its insurance company, you will want to talk to a lawyer who can make sure your interests are being fairly represented.

Certified civil trial attorney, Robert A. Smith, and all the lawyers at Smith & Gaynor, LLC, are committed to winning justice for those injured in truck accidents. To learn more about how we can help, contact us online or call our Morristown offices at 973-532-2661 to schedule a free consultation. If you are unable to travel, one of our lawyers will meet with you at the hospital or in your home.