At any given time in the United States, there are millions of trucks on the roads. Of the 15.5 million that exist currently, nearly 13 percent are semis, big rigs, 18-wheelers, and tractor trailers. Involvement in an accident with any one of these could be horrific. In fact, about 98 percent of all truck accidents involve a fatality. For every 100 million miles driven on American roadways, there are 2.3 fatalities and 60.5 injuries caused by big rigs.
There can be a wide variety of causes when a truck accident occurs, from driver fatigue to road conditions, and more. A truck accident can also be caused by a defective vehicle or a defective part. Common defects that can cause a truck accident may include:
Broken turn signals, headlights, and tail lights
Tire defects, such as tread separation and blowouts
Faulty windshield wipers
Defective straps and tie-downs
Broken hydraulic hoses
Defective trailer hitches
A truck accident can result in devastating injuries. Minor injuries may include soft tissue injuries, scrapes, and cuts. Serious injuries that have long-lasting or life-altering consequences can also result, such as chest injuries, back injuries, head trauma, and more.
If you or your loved one was injured in a truck accident, the New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP can help. Please call us at 732-777-0100 or contact us online. We will provide the knowledgeable guidance you need to recover compensation for your injuries and suffering. Our offices are conveniently located in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, New Jersey, and we represent clients throughout the state.