Category: Trucking Accidents

Safety Tips for Trucks in Construction Zones

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New Brunswick truck accident lawyers represent victims of truck accidents.Close to 200 fatal truck accidents occur in construction work zones each year in the United States. The Federal Highway Administration (FHWA) claims that 4,400 people have died and another 200,000 were injured in motor vehicle accidents in construction work zones over the past five years. Almost half of all construction work zone accident fatalities involve trucks.

Irregular traffic patterns and narrow lanes challenge many truck drivers as they navigate through cattle shoots and congested construction work zones. Motorists in passenger cars frequently change lanes or speed through these areas. Rear-end collisions between trucks and cars are common accidents in these work zones.

Distracted Driving Causes Serious and Fatal Truck Accidents

One of the major causes of construction work zone accidents involve distracted driving. When drivers choose to use their cell phone, text, engage with onboard navigation devices, or take their eyes off the road in front of them in a construction work zone, serious accidents can happen.

Cell phones, eating, drinking, onboard navigation systems, music players, and even reaching for an object require a driver to divert their attention from the road in front of them. It takes an average of five seconds to send a text message. Those five seconds is equivalent to a truck driver driving the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour blindfolded.

Congestion in construction work zone areas is often heavy as cars and trucks are required to reduce their speed. There is little room for error when navigating through narrow lanes and re-routed traffic. Distracted truck drivers often cause accidents that involve multiple vehicles, pedestrians, and construction workers.

Preventing Truck Accidents in Construction Work Zone Areas

The majority of truck accidents that occur in construction work zone areas can be prevented. The FHWA suggests the following:

  • Heed Warnings Posted in Work Zones: Construction companies post warning signs prior to entering construction work zones alerting drivers of changes in traffic patterns, reduced speed limits, and hazardous conditions ahead.
  • Keep a Safe Distance from the Vehicle in Front of You: Work zone area traffic can get congested as speed limits decrease. Be sure to keep a safe distance between trucks and cars to allow for sudden stops or lane switching.
  • Look Ahead: While it is important to keep your eyes on the road in front of you, it is also important to keep your eyes on the road ahead. Being aware of impending changes in traffic patterns or reduced speeds can limit unexpected obstacles.
  • Merge Safely: Use signals and check all lanes in front, behind, and on either side before switching lanes.
  • Leave Space between Vehicles and Construction Work Zones: Be aware of construction cones and dividers that separate trucks and cars from construction workers. Many construction workers lose their lives each year when they are struck by passing trucks and cars.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Represent Victims of Truck Accidents

If you have been injured in a truck accident, call the New Brunswick truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr at 877-249-4600 or 732-249-4600, or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Our Highland Park, New Jersey offices serve clients in New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Drowsy Driving and Truck Accidents

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Piscataway truck accident lawyers fight for victims of drowsy driving crashes.Fatigue affects drivers in much the same way alcohol does. It slows reaction time, impairs motor skills, and disrupts the driver’s ability to make smart decisions. The AAA Foundation estimates that drowsy driving is to blame for around 16 percent of all fatal motor vehicle accidents in the U.S.

A sleepy driver behind the wheel of a passenger car or van is dangerous enough; when that driver is operating a 40-ton commercial tractor trailer, the impact of a crash can be catastrophic.

Trucking and Drowsy Driving

Working to meet tight deadlines and motivated by financial incentives for timely delivery, tractor trailer drivers often have grueling shifts. Driving these enormous rigs is physically and mentally exhausting, especially at night and along long, monotonous stretches of highway.

Trucking companies’ profits depend upon how quickly and frequently they can deliver products. As such, they may not adequately train or educate drivers about the risks of drowsy driving and the likelihood that it will lead to a serious truck accident. In 2017, drowsy driving accidents claimed nearly 800 lives.

Signs you May be Too Tired to Drive

Drowsy driving increases the risk of a serious or fatal crash. Moreover, like distracted and drunk driving, drowsy driving is entirely preventable. Yawning is one of the body’s ways of saying it is time for a nap. But the signs of fatigue are often much more subtle.

Drivers who know the signs of fatigue can avoid a preventable drowsy driving tragedy. It may be time for a nap if you:

  • Are yawning or rubbing your eyes
  • Cannot recall the last few miles driven
  • Drift out of your lane or onto rumble strips
  • Find yourself daydreaming or having trouble focusing
  • Have trouble keeping your eyes open or head up
  • Miss exits or turns

Some truck drivers think opening a window, blasting the radio, or drinking a strong cup of coffee are enough to combat sleepiness. However, the only real and safe antidote for fatigue is rest. If you notice you are getting drowsy, pull over to a safe location out of traffic and take a break.

Drowsy Driving Motor Vehicle Accidents

Truck drivers are required to log their driving hours and breaks. But when time off the clock means lower income or later delivery times, drivers may not take the breaks they need and are required to take per industry regulations.

Drivers who are impaired by sleepiness are a risk to themselves and others. If you have been injured in a truck accident caused by a drowsy driver, you may have cause to file a claim against the driver or their trucking company and to seek damages for the medical expenses and pain and suffering you are facing.

Piscataway Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Pursue Damages for Victims of Drowsy Driving Crashes

Drowsy driving truck accidents do not have to happen. The traumatic injuries and lifelong pain and trauma they cause are preventable. If you or a loved one has been the victim of a truck accident caused by a negligent driver, enlist the experienced Piscataway truck accident lawyers to advocate for you. At the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr, we will gather crucial evidence from vehicle data collection systems, traffic cameras, and eye witnesses to prove the cause of the truck accident and increase your chance of a favorable outcome.

To learn more about your options after an accident, call 732-249-4600 or contact us online to schedule your free case consultation in our Highland Park office. We represent clients throughout the state of New Jersey including but not limited to New Brunswick, Somerset, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Middlesex, Fords, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Wide Turn Truck Accidents

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Piscataway truck accident lawyers represent victims of wide turn accidents.The size of commercial trucks requires them to make wide turns, which can cause truck drivers to lose sight of passenger cars and pedestrians in adjacent lanes. Failing to judge the correct amount of space needed to make wide turns can result in serious and sometimes fatal accidents. Unfortunately, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) and commercial fleet owners try to place the blame on the drivers in passenger vehicles. Victims often face difficulty proving liability for truck accidents as truck drivers try to claim contributory negligence.

The sheer size of commercial trucks makes turns challenging and requires the skills of a well trained and experienced truck driver. Trucks making wide turns in a congested intersection, on a city block, or even into a loading zone or parking lot entrance can be dangerous and cause serious injury if a passenger vehicle or pedestrian gets caught in the path of the truck.

An experienced truck driver will be familiar with how much space they need to safely execute a wide turn. The truck driver must estimate how far they need to swing to successfully make the wide turn. In most cases, it will be necessary for the truck to drive into the oncoming lane of traffic, which cuts off their visibility for vehicles on the sides of the truck. Passenger vehicles are often hit or squeezed between the truck and another vehicle or curb while the turn is in process.

Truck Accident Injuries

Victims typically suffer serious and sometimes fatal injuries. The weight of the truck pressing into the side of the passenger vehicle or cutting into the front or back of the vehicle can pin drivers and passengers in their cars. Broken and crushed bones, head, neck, and spinal injuries, cuts and lacerations from broken glass, and internal injuries are common. In some cases, the truck may jackknife, which increases the damage to the vehicle caught in between the front and rear of the truck.

Compensation for Injuries

Victims of wide turn truck accidents often require prolonged recovery periods and are sometimes left with lifelong complications and disabilities. Trucking companies are armed with large legal teams ready to battle claims of driver negligence that would hold them liable for injuries sustained in the accident. Contributory negligence claims can significantly reduce the amount of compensation awarded to victims.

Consulting with an experienced and knowledgeable truck accident lawyer is critical to a successful claim for compensation following a wide turn accident. The truck accident lawyer will be able to gather pertinent evidence to prove that the truck driver’s negligence or carelessness was directly responsible for the injuries sustained in the accident, thus affording the victim the maximum amount of compensation available.

Piscataway Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Represent Victims of Wide Turn Accidents

If you were a victim of a wide turn truck accident, the Piscataway truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr will hold the negligent party responsible for your injuries. Call us at 732-249-4600 or contact us online to set up a free consultation today. Our Highland Park, New Jersey offices serve clients throughout New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Truck Accidents in Snow and Ice

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New Brunswick truck accident lawyers help snow and ice accident victims.Poor driving conditions can put anyone on the road at high risk for accidents. During the colder months, ice and snow can make highways slippery and dangerous. Large trucks are already a risk because of their size alone, and they can pose an even more ominous threat this time of year.

Tractor trailers can weigh close to 80,000 pounds filled with cargo. By comparison, a typical automobile weighs around 3,250 pounds. This discrepancy makes a difference in stopping times. If both are traveling at 60 miles per hour, the truck needs at least 400 feet to arrive at a full stop. A car, on average, would need 140 feet. Slippery roads and poor visibility can increase the distance needed for a complete stop for any vehicle.

Causes of Truck Accidents

Truck drivers are under constant pressure to pick up and deliver goods on time. They are subject to restrictions on the amount of hours they can drive before stopping for rest, and may not be able to make up for time lost to bad weather. This is why many stay behind the wheel when road conditions are bad.

Truck drivers that are not experienced in driving through ice and snow can also create more risks. Maneuvering a tractor trailer in these conditions is different from doing so when the weather is clear. It also goes without saying that driving a large truck while under the influence in any weather condition is cause for a potential accident.

Tractor trailers are at a high risk for jackknifing. Since the truck and tractor are separate from each other, the parts can end up moving at two different speeds. The entire truck skids, and the trailer swings out to one side. The vehicle then stops, with both parts at 90-degree angles of each other. Jackknifing happens when the front wheels lock on a slippery patch of road, if the driver handles a curve at a high speed, or swerves.

Sharing Icy Roads with Trucks

Although most truckers are well-trained and experienced, driving in ice and snow can still be tricky. Listening to weather forecasts and traffic conditions before heading out and staying focused on your surroundings are vital to preventing accidents. All ice and snow should be cleared to promote good visibility. Other items to attend to include checking the truck’s wipers and fluids, and maintenance items, such as oil changes, should be taken care of before venturing on long trips.

One of the most important things to do when driving in bad weather is to slow down. Faster speeds greatly increase the risk of skids. If passing is necessary, vehicles should pass on the left, since trucks have large blind spots. Cutting in front of a large truck is dangerous, but on slippery roads, it can be especially treacherous. Giving truckers extra room is always the best course of action.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Help Truck Accident Victims

If you were injured in a truck accident and need legal help, call the New Brunswick truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr. Call us at 732-249-4600 or complete an online form today for a free consultation. Our Highland Park, New Jersey offices serve clients in New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

LIRR Train Accident and Derailment Leaves Three Fatally Injured

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LIRR Train Accident and Derailment Leaves Three Fatally InjuredA train accident and derailment involving a Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) train left three victims fatally injured. Around 7 pm on Tuesday night, a truck, trying to speed ahead of the train, collided into the train in Westbury, New York, which caused the train to derail. The three occupants in the vehicle sustained fatal injuries while train passengers incurred numerous minor injuries during the truck and train collision. About 800 passengers occupied the train which was traveling from Ronkonkoma, New York to New York Penn Station.

A truck driving fast cannot expect to “beat” a train traveling at full speed without dire consequences. Part of this is because of the enormous girth of a train, and another part is due to the inability of a train to stop at a moment’s notice. Fatalities and serious injuries may be the result of a collision between a train and a truck, especially if the train derails from the tracks.

If you or your loved ones became injured in a truck accident or train derailment, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the Highland Park truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr at 732-249-4600 or toll-free at 877-249-4600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation. Our Highland Park, New Jersey offices represent clients throughout New Jersey and in the municipalities of New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Accidents Caused by Truck Driver Medical Issues

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New Brunswick truck accident lawyers represent victims of truck accidents.Commercial truck drivers have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of those on the road. Their equipment, as well as their training, certifications, and driving record, are all vital components of safe truck driving. New research now indicates that the health of a truck driver can have a significant impact on their risk of getting into an accident.

Truck drivers with diabetes, heart disease, sleep apnea, high blood pressure, and obesity have an increased risk for trucking accidents. A recent study conducted by the University of Utah School of Medicine found that truck drivers with three or more of these health issues are two to four times more likely to have a trucking accident.

Analyzing the Risks Associated with Trucker Health

Researchers for the study looked at the medical records of 50,000 truck drivers and compared their health problems with their accident rate. The study showed that a truck driver with diabetes, high blood pressure, sleep apnea, or obesity has an increased risk of an accident, but if they have a combination of two or three of these medical conditions, their risk of getting into an accident increased significantly.

Obesity is a common problem among truck drivers. A steady diet of fast food combined with a lack of exercise leads to weight gain and obesity. An obese person is prone to sleep apnea because their airways are restricted when they lay down. Chronic sleep apnea causes chronic fatigue, which causes people to fall asleep while engaged in activity, even driving. When you combine sleep apnea with diabetes or high blood pressure, the increased risk of getting into a trucking accident becomes clear.

The loneliness of being on the road, far away from family and friends for long periods of time also increases the risk of depression for many truck drivers. Depression and anxiety, when combined with other health issues, has been linked to an increase in truck accidents. Regular health screenings for truck drivers can identify these risk factors early and may help prevent serious and fatal truck accidents from happening.

While many health conditions can be controlled by medication, diet, and exercise, the impact of suffering from two or three health conditions at the same time is something that safety experts are giving careful consideration. The Rocky Mountain Center for Occupational and Environmental Health recommends that investigation into the risks involved with truck drivers continue so that steps can be taken to limit the number of serious and fatal truck accidents that occur each year.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Represent Victims of Truck Accidents

Truck accidents commonly result in serious and catastrophic injuries and fatalities. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. Call the New Brunswick truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr at 732-249-4600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today. Our Highland Park, New Jersey offices serve clients in New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Collision Mitigation and Semi-Trucks

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New Brunswick truck accident lawyers represent victims of truck accidents.Large commercial tractor trailers and semi-trucks are more prevalent on American roadways than ever before. In fact, there were over seven million tractor trailers and semi-trucks registered in the United States in 2017. The more trucks that are on the road, the greater the risk for serious and fatal accidents with passenger vehicles.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), over 4,300 fatalities were reported in accidents involving large trucks across the United States in 2016. Forward collision warning systems and automatic emergency braking technology have proven to reduce the number of traffic accidents reported each year, yet only 15 percent of commercial trucks are equipped with these safety features. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) estimates that 107,000 trucking accidents could be avoided each year by adding these safety features.

Delay in Adding Safety Features to Commercial Trucks

Money is the primary factor in preventing safety features such as forward collision warning systems, automatic braking, blind spot warning systems, and lane departure warning devices from being added to commercial trucks. While the actual retrofitting of the safety devices on older model trucks is affordable, updating an entire fleet of trucks can be costly.

The American Trucking Association is not in favor of government mandates for installing safety equipment on commercial trucks. The agency believes that trucking companies should be able to choose which safety features are best suited for their operations. While many independent truck operators would prefer the added safety features, many cannot afford the high price of a new truck, which can total hundreds of thousands of dollars.

Collision Mitigation Outside of Technology

As concern grows over the number of serious and fatal trucking accidents in the United States, many safety experts and fleet owners are focusing on alternative ways to reduce the number of truck accidents. The IIHS stresses the need for training and reduced speed as the primary safety measures to prevent trucking accidents.

Crashes that occur due to speeding usually result in catastrophic injuries and fatalities. Reducing the speed limit for commercial trucks will allow truck drivers to slow down or stop before an accident occurs. Slower speeds also afford truck drivers the opportunity to react to sudden and unexpected moves by passenger vehicles.

Truck drivers that receive comprehensive and ongoing training have the safest driving records. Education on the dangers of fatigued and distracted driving, updates on federal mandates for continuous driving hours, and reminders of the dangers of driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol can save lives. Heart disease, obesity, and sleep apnea are common among professional truck drivers. Regular health screenings can prevent accidents that result from these health concerns.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Represent Victims of Truck Accidents

A truck accident involving a passenger vehicle is almost always catastrophic, often resulting in serious and sometimes fatal injuries. If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, call the New Brunswick truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr at 732-249-4600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

Our Highland Park, New Jersey offices serve clients in New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Truck Accidents Caused by High Winds

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New Brunswick truck accident lawyers help victims of accidents claim compensation.Driving in high wind conditions can lead to serious and often fatal truck accidents. Strong wind conditions can cause trucks to lose control, overturn, and sway into adjacent lanes or oncoming traffic. Truck drivers and their employers have a legal responsibility to ensure the safety of the public and all those on the road. Failure to do so can result in trucker negligence.

Causes of Trucking Accidents in High Winds

When a large, commercial truck is fully loaded, it can weigh in excess of 80,000 pounds. The sheer weight and height of these trucks makes them vulnerable to the effects of high winds. Commercial trucks can get caught in a wind stream that rocks the trailer of the truck, causing it to become unstable. When this happens, there is a high risk of the truck turning over or being pushed into oncoming traffic.

A truck driver or their employer can be held liable for injuries sustained in an accident caused by high winds when the following types of negligence cause the accident.

  • Speeding: It is imperative that truck drivers always obey local speed laws. Driving above the speed limit dramatically increases the risk of a serious or fatal truck accident. Speeding during high wind conditions is extremely risky and irresponsible.
  • Improper Loading: When tractor trailers are improperly loaded, the cargo can shift in transport. The likelihood of this happening in high wind conditions significantly increases, making it more likely for the truck to sway and roll over.
  • Weather Conditions: It is a truck driver’s legal responsibility to adjust their speed, route, or schedule to heed current weather conditions. High winds, snow, sleet, ice, and heavy rain can make driving conditions treacherous. Truckers must ensure the safety of those on the road by slowing down or suspending their route until weather conditions improve.
  • Distracted Driving: Any form of distracted driving increases the risk of an accident. Driving while distracted during high wind conditions is a lethal combination. Serious and often fatal trucking accidents occur when truck drivers divert their attention from the road in front of them. Cell phone use, texting, onboard navigation systems, and electronic communication demand the truck driver’s attention and take their focus away from the task of driving.
  • Poor Maintenance or Inspection: Trucks that are not properly maintained or regularly inspected are dangerous. Worn brake pads, loose motor parts, and broken lights or signals can result in a catastrophic accident. Truck drivers and their employers can be held liable for accidents that occur due to this type of negligence.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Help Victims of Truck Accidents Claim Compensation

If you or someone you know has been injured in a truck accident, the New Brunswick truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr can help you claim the compensation you may be entitled to receive. Call us at 732-249-4600 or contact us online to schedule a free consultation today.

Our offices are in Highland Park, New Jersey, and we proudly serve clients in New Brunswick, Somerset, Piscataway, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

Overweight and Overloaded Truck Accidents

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Highland Park truck accident lawyers advocate for overloaded truck accident victims.As we rely on online shopping to meet our needs, the number of trucks on the roads is increasing, resulting in more accidents. Over the past 20 years, there has been a 20 percent increase in trucking accidents. Many of these accidents are caused by negligence, either by the truck driver, their employer, or the person responsible for loading the trucks’ cargo. Improperly loaded and overloaded trucks are highly dangerous because they can result in a loss of control.

When a truck is manufactured, it is issued a Gross Vehicle Weight Rating (GVWR). This number, displayed on the back plate of every truck, is the maximum weight a truck should carry. Although truck drivers are expected to make routine weight checks at weigh stations, it is not uncommon for drivers of flagged trucks to keep driving without unloading any cargo. When an accident occurs because of overloading, the victims can file a personal injury lawsuit to recover damages for lost wages, past and future medical expenses, property damages, and pain and suffering.

How Overloaded Trucks Cause Accidents

Overloaded trucks are hard to control when going downhill, and they do not stop as easily as a properly loaded truck. The brake force required may be too much for the vehicle to bear, and it can cause mechanical problems. When trucks are overloaded, they tend to shift or are improperly distributed, resulting in a loss of equilibrium. Items can also fall off the back of a truck, causing serious multicar pile-ups or fatal collisions with the falling cargo. Overloaded trucks are also highly prone to tire blowouts, especially in hot weather.

Liability

After a trucking accident, an experienced truck accident attorney can help you determine how the accident occurred and who was responsible. The truck driver may be responsible for overloading the truck, or their employer could be held liable, or both. For example, if a trucking company has a policy that encourages truck drivers to overload by offering bonuses based on cargo size, and the truck driver adhered to it, both could be sued together in a personal injury lawsuit by any victim who was injured as a result.

In some cases, the manufacturer may also be held liable if a feature of the vehicle made the accident more severe than it would have been without that feature. The person who loaded the cargo may also be joined as a defendant. It is fairly common after a trucking accident for the injured party to sue all potential defendants and let them fight among themselves to determine which party’s insurance carrier will take fiscal responsibility for the accident.

Highland Park Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Advocate for Victims Injured in Trucking Accidents

At the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr, our Highland Park truck accident lawyers provide the highest quality legal representation to victims of trucking accidents. To schedule a free initial consultation, call us today at 732-249-4600 or contact us online. With an office in Highland Park, New Jersey, we proudly serve clients from the surrounding areas, including Edison, Somerset, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, New Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia.

SmartDrive Video System for Accident Prevention

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New Brunswick truck accident lawyers advocate the use of video systems for safety.In 2016, the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) recommended that the trucking industry begin using video recorder technology across all fleets to improve safety. The NTSB made this recommendation after a study found that this technology could reduce truck accident related fatalities and injuries by as much as 35 percent.

Now, a new technology called SmartDrive is becoming increasingly popular in big rigs across the United States. The technology is used as a training tool to assist drivers in making good decisions.

One company, Central Oregon Truck Company, decided to install the SmartDrive technology two years ago in all 315 of its trucks. The tool is used to train drivers with limited experience, to correct bad habits in experienced truck drivers, and to learn about the cause of accidents.

Central Oregon employs five “coaches” that review the videos and speak with truck drivers about their mistakes. This feedback system can help drivers correct bad habits before they begin to form. According to one of these coaches, all truck drivers develop bad habits over time and can become complacent in their vigilance.

Accident Reduction is Good for All

Not only are trucking accidents extremely dangerous for passenger vehicles, due to the large size of commercial trucks, but they are also expensive for trucking companies. In addition to the suffering that they cause injured drivers and their families, each trucking accident comes with an average cost of $500,000 to $11 million, depending on whether there was a fatality.

Because this SmartDrive technology seems like something everyone can get behind, research firm Frost & Sullivan has predicted that it will grow by 22 percent between now and 2020. Frost & Sullivan project that in as little as two years, there will be over one million trucks fitted with SmartDrive technology on American roadways.

Other Video System Options

SmartDrive is not the only video system on the market to improve truck safety. Lytx manufactures the DriveCam video system, which provides trucking companies with performance data on their truckers, allowing them to compare drivers and rank them according to their safety. This provides incentives for drivers to be vigilant and take precautions.

Another company, MiX Telematics, already has nearly 650,000 subscribers. MiX Telematics cameras can be mounted on various parts of a truck’s exterior and can be used to study the cause of accidents.

All of Central Oregon Truck Company’s Kenilworth trucks are fitted with one external facing camera, and one that faces the driver in the cabin. However, they allow their more experienced drivers to turn off the internal facing camera.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Fight for Victims Injured by Negligent Truck Drivers and Their Employers

Many fleets are installing SmartDrive and similar technologies to deter dangerous habits like distracted driving. Countless innocent drivers suffer injuries and lose their lives due to distracted truckers, and these accidents are all preventable. If you or someone you love has been injured or killed by a negligent truck driver, our team of veteran New Brunswick truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr can help you get answers. Call us today at 732-249-4600 or contact us online today. We provide free, no-obligation initial consultations. From our offices in Highland Park, New Jersey, we serve clients in Middlesex County, including the communities of Highland Park, Somerset, New Brunswick, Edison, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin