Representing Truck Accident Victims for Decades
Each year, thousands of people are injured or killed on our highways in truck and car accidents. When a collision with a truck occurs, those involved often suffer serious injuries due to the sheer size and weight that semi-trailers and other large trucks carry. The impact alone is sometimes enough to cause severe damage to the head and spinal cord.
If you've been involved in a truck accident, it is crucial that you seek seasoned legal counsel right away. A New Jersey truck accident lawyer from our firm can guide you through the legal process and determine which strategies can help you obtain the most positive results possible.
Why Choose Our Truck Accident Attorneys in New Jersey?
- We’ve recovered millions of dollars for the injured
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If you or someone you love was harmed in a truck accident, speak with a New Jersey truck accident lawyer from Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law right away. We can fight for your rights and future!
Common Causes of Truck Accidents
No matter what the cause of a truck accident may be, the consequences of these types of collisions can be serious and, in the worst case, fatal. Driver fatigue is a major cause of accidents in the trucking industry. This is often because trucking companies award drivers for arriving on time or early, and so have a hard time deterring drivers from driving tired or over the legal amount of hours, even with extensive federal regulations in place.
Additionally, many truck accidents occur due to the following reasons:
- Drug use
- Alcohol consumption
- Distracted driving
- Impatient driving
- Failure to comply with signs and signals
Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Fatigue
According to the United States Department of Transportation, almost 4,000 individuals suffer fatal injuries in semi-truck crashes every year, and driver fatigue is one major contributing factor. Although the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulates the amount of hours big-rig truck drivers can operate to ensure they are not driving while fatigued, many drivers disregard regulations, making the roads dangerous for other drivers.
At Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law, our team is dedicated to safeguarding the rights of those harmed in serious accidents. If you or a loved one was harmed in a truck accident caused by a tired or otherwise negligent driver, contact a New Jersey truck accident lawyer from our team right away. When you work with our team, you can rest easier knowing we can provide you with the following:
- A team that has recovered millions of dollars for the injured
- A legal team respected and recommended by a countless amount of clients
- A team that will take your call right away or return your call within 12 hours guaranteed
To discuss your case, call Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law as soon as possible.
Understanding Truck Driver Hours-of-Service Rules
According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truck drivers are required to abide by numerous hour-of-service rules, including the following:
- The 11-Hour Driving Limit: A driver may operate a truck for a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off duty.
- The 14-Hour Limit: A driver may not operate beyond the 14th consecutive hour after coming on duty, after 10 consecutive hours off duty. Off-duty time cannot extend a 14-hour period.
- Rest Breaks: A truck driver can operate a vehicle only if eight hours or less have passed since the truck driver’s last off-duty or sleeper-berth period of at least 30 minutes. This does not apply to truck drivers using short-haul exceptions listed in 395.1(e).
- 60/70-Hour Limit: A truck driver cannot drive after 60/70 hours on duty in 7/8 consecutive days. A truck driver can restart a 7/8 period after taking at least 34 hours of consecutive hours off duty.
Our Legal Team Can Build a Case for You
If you were harmed in a truck accident and believe the driver should be held liable for his or her reckless, careless, or otherwise negligent actions, we urge you to contact our New Jersey truck accident attorney at Brandon J. Broderick, Attorney at Law today. We can examine your case and gather evidence to fight for your rights and pursue maximum monetary compensation for you. Because we are highly skilled in this area, we understand what factors must be examined and what forms of evidence must be provided in order to obtain positive result for you.
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Do I need an attorney if I've already been offered a settlement?
The offer you received from the insurance company is almost certainly less than what you are entitled to, by a significant margin. Insurance companies, just like any other business, are structured to maximize their own profits, and in addition to offering a minimal amount in any settlement, they will also commonly employ aggressive tactics against claimants like you to discourage requests for full compensation. We can not only advise you of what your case is really worth, but also provide skilled representation to help you recover damages.
How much is my case worth?
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