New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers: Truck Spills
Traffic accidents involving commercial trucks can be much more serious than those involving only passenger vehicles, simply because the size and weight of trucks makes them more dangerous. Fully stocked commercial trucks weigh up to 25 times what the average car weighs. When that power comes up against a car in a trucking accident, the results can be devastating.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that in 2014, almost 4,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal crashes. While that number is a five percent decrease from the year before, it is still alarming.
Unique to truck accidents, however, is the danger presented by the cargo they carry. Trucks that carry hazardous or flammable materials pose a greater risk of secondary injuries in the event of a truck accident. Trucks spills triggered either by driver error, roadway hazards, or malfunctioning equipment pose a danger to other travelers.
Quite frequently we hear of overturned trucks that have spilled their contents across state and local highways. In 2014, The US Department of Transportation reported almost 47,000 barrels of hazardous materials spilled across roadways. Those spills caused several fatalities, countless personal injuries, and property damage in the millions of dollars.
Tips to Avoid a Truck Accident in New Jersey
As much as we might like to avoid driving around large tractor trailers, sometimes it is unavoidable. However, there are a few ways to stay safe when driving around trucks. Allowing at least 20 – 25 car lengths between you and the truck in front of you gives you enough time to stop and avoid a potential truck accident.
Passing safely in front of a truck means giving the truck enough room behind your car to stop if needed. Car drivers often overlook how much time a truck needs to come to a complete stop.
New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers at Harold J. Gerr Fight for Victims of Commercial Truck Accidents
In you have been injured in a commercial truck accident or any other motor vehicle accident in New Jersey, you may be entitled to compensation for your pain and suffering. If you are victim of someone else’s negligence or because of hazardous roadway conditions, we can help. Contact the truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr at 732-537-8570 or complete our online form to discuss your case.
Our New Brunswick truck accident lawyers serve the communities of New Brunswick, Edison, Somerset, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, Colonia, Highland Park, Piscataway, Woodbridge, Middlesex, Milltown, North Brunswick, South Brunswick and Spotswood, New Jersey.