Category: Trucking Accidents

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.