Category: Trucking Accidents

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

eHighway Electrified Tractor

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Piscataway truck accident lawyers help victims claim compensation for injuries incurred with a truck accident and report on new electrified tractor tech.To reduce air pollution near ports around the country, Mack Trucks has developed a tractor that runs on electricity by attaching to overhead power lines. Like a trolley system, the electric tractor would run on a catenary system that uses overhead power line electricity. The use of the catenary system offers an alternative solution to the use of diesel fuel.

eHighway Innovations

The tractor prototype was developed in conjunction with an eHighway project currently being tested near the ports of Los Angeles and Long Beach in California. Both ports receive a large quantity of goods from the Asian market, making them two of the busiest ports in the United States. Global technology conglomerate, Siemens, has provided the infrastructure for the eHighway project. Earlier this month a demonstration of the eHighway took place in Carson, California. The one-mile demonstration took place on South Alameda Street from East Lomita Boulevard to the Dominguez Channel. The tractor’s ability to run on the eHighway demonstrated that an electrified tractor may be a feasible option in the future.

Siemens has been constructing its eHighway infrastructure for the last five years. The eHighway is meant to connect the busy ports of Los Angles and Long Beach to inland distribution centers. The South Coast Air Quality Management District (SCAQMD) is sponsoring the eHighway demonstration project with hope of creating a viable zero-emission area near freight-intensive areas, including large ports such as Los Angles and Long Beach. Poor air quality at the ports has been a problem for many years due to excessive smog forming emissions.

Mack’s electrified tractor prototype was made by equipping a Pinnacle daycab with a proprietary plug-in hybrid electric driveline. Using a special piece of equipment supplied by Siemens, the truck’s driveline can be powered by the overhead electric lines. Whether powered by electric catenary systems or more conventional fuels such as diesel, tractor trailers and other types of trucks are often involved in some of the most serious types of motor vehicle accidents. Truck accidents can result in significant bodily injuries including loss of limbs, internal bleeding, head injuries, and fatality. At the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr, we have extensive experience recovering compensation for those injured in truck accidents.

Piscataway Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Help Victims Claim Compensation for Their Injuries

If you or a loved one has been injured as result of trucking company negligence, defective truck equipment, overloaded trucks, unsecured truck loads, truck driver fatigue, violations of driving hour-log requirements or truck rollovers, you may be entitled to compensation for your injuries. The experienced Piscataway truck accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr can assist you in handling all aspects of your truck accident claim.

With offices conveniently located in Highland Park, New Jersey, we proudly serve injured individuals and their families in the New Brunswick, Edison, Somerset, South River, Sayreville, Metuchen, East Brunswick, South Plainfield, Fords, Middlesex, Old Bridge, Iselin, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, and Colonia communities. To schedule an appointment today, call us at 732-249-4600 or contact us online.

Manhattan Truck Crash Leads to Eight Fatalities and Several Injuries

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Manhattan Truck Crash Leads to Eight Fatalities and Several InjuriesIn New York, a truck crash led to eight fatalities and numerous injuries on Tuesday afternoon. The driver of a rental truck drove on the bicycle path on the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan for several blocks, hitting pedestrians and bicyclists along the way. After the truck driver exited his vehicle, it was discovered he was armed, and the police used deadly force to quell any further action. Six victims succumbed to their fatal injuries at the scene of the accident while two others passed away at an area hospital, and eleven individuals sustained serious injuries. Police surmised that this was an act of terrorism, and the perpetrator, who is being treated at a local hospital, is under their custody.

Although the truck crash that occurred in Manhattan was deemed a terroristic act, pedestrian and bicycle accidents commonly take place on any busy street. In some cases, when a pedestrian or bicyclist is struck by a vehicle, the driver may have been engaging in reckless driving or distracted driving. Victims of a pedestrian or bicycle accident may incur a variety of injuries and potential fatalities.

If you or a loved one has been injured in a pedestrian accident, you may be eligible for compensation of your injuries. Call our pedestrian accident lawyers in New Brunswick at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr at 732-249-4600 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation. Our offices are located in Highland Park, New Jersey and 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, Bound Brook, Perth Amboy, and Colonia, New Jersey.

Always Working for Our Clients’ Success!

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At the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr, we take great pride in being champions for our clients. We believe it is our obligation to always offer our absolute best for the benefit of the people who place their trust in us so that we can achieve the most optimal outcome for their cases. The following settlements are a small sampling of our clients’ recent victories:

Truck Accident: $72,500 Settlement

The case: Our client, a 50-year-old woman was a passenger in a car when a large truck turned left out of a gas station, hitting the car she was travelling in.

The challenge: The truck driver said that the driver of the car should have been able to avoid the accident. We were able to get photos taken by the State Police, which were not ordinarily available.

The solution: Our investigator – a former police officer in that area – used extra effort to get us photos showing that the truck driver only got halfway across, and the truck turned right in front of the car.

Truck accidents are different than auto accidents or any other case, and our experience enables us to navigate successfully despite the differences. Our client had serious injuries, including a broken back and a concussion. We worked hard and got a very good result.

Aggravation of Pre-existing Injuries: $500,000 Settlement

The case: Our client’s automobile was hit in the rear in two accidents close in time. He injured his neck and back and had surgery.

The challenge: Our client had a serious auto accident five years earlier and had neck surgery. He also injured his back in the prior accident. Up until a few months before these two accidents, he was still complaining about neck pain and having medical treatment.

After these two more recent rear-end collisions our client had another neck operation and another back operation. The opposing lawyers and the doctors said that it was all pre-existing. Furthermore, the MRIs before the more recent accidents looked just like the MRIs from the earlier accident.

The solution: We used a group of our client’s friends and co-workers, called lay witnesses, to prove that our client had been active and working hard prior to the recent accident. This showed that it was the new accident that severely aggravated his condition, causing the need for surgery.

The New Brunswick car accident lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr know that every case is different, and so we tailor our approach to provide unique and effective representation for every one of our clients. Call us at 877-249-4600 for a free consultation or contact us online. Our offices are located in Highland Park, New Jersey serving clients throughout New Jersey.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers: Mounted Cameras

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New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers: Mounted CamerasA nationwide move to have police officers use body cameras is resulting in a movement by the trucking industry to add mounted cameras to semi-trucks. Just as police become more accountable for conduct, mounted cameras may be able to reduce truck accidents by making truck drivers more accountable.

The Effectiveness of Mounted Cameras

Some believe that existing Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations governing the trucking industry are enough. Already in place are strict hours-of-service rules, electronic logbooks for monitoring compliance, and daily maintenance inspections. To the opponents of mounted cameras, adding another layer of restrictions seems excessive.

However, many trucking companies have voluntarily moved forward with cameras in and on trucks. Starting in 2015, some of the larger commercial trucking outfits have added dual-lens cameras to nearly 400,000 semi-trucks in the nation. This has brought startling results. One trucking company headquartered in New Jersey claims to have seen a 50 percent reduction in commercial truck accidents. In addition, the carrier’s insurance rates have been reduced by 30 percent.

To date, the evidence seems to support the claim that truck accidents are reduced by adding the dual-lens cameras to trucks. However, there are some complications.

Dual-lens Truck Mounted Cameras: An Invasion of Privacy?

The dual-lens mounted camera provides the ability to record both the front and the interior cabin of the truck. Given that the cabin of the truck functions as both an office and living space, privacy is understandably limited with the inclusion of a camera.

To overcome this issue, trucking companies using the dual-lens cameras are offering their drivers a monthly bonus for safe operation. Not only are big rig accidents reduced by the mounted cameras, when a truck accident occurs, it is easier for trucking companies to prove driver compliance with the FMCSA rules.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers at the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr Help Injured Parties Pursue Compensation

If you have been injured in a commercial truck accident in New Jersey, our New Brunswick truck accident lawyers are here to help. You may be entitled to compensation for damages and pain and suffering caused by another’s negligence. Contact the Law Offices of Harold J. Gerr for help.

From our conveniently located New Jersey offices, we serve clients throughout Bound Brook, Colonia, East Brunswick, Edison, Fords, Highland Park, Iselin, Metuchen, Middlesex, Milltown, New Brunswick, North Brunswick, Old Bridge, Perth Amboy, Piscataway, Sayreville, Somerset, South Brunswick, South Plainfield, South River, Spotswood, and Woodbridge, New Jersey. Contact us now using our online form or call 732-249-4600 to discuss your case.

New Brunswick Truck Accident Lawyers: Truck Spills

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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 732-249-4600 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.