Dump trucks are a common site on the roads in New Jersey where they are used in construction projects and for hauling sand, asphalt and other building materials. Unfortunately, serious injuries and fatalities often result when dump trucks collide with other vehicles: cars and trucks. This is due in large part to the weight of the typical dump truck, which is several times more than the average motor vehicle. Actually, a fully loaded 5-axle dump truck can often weigh in excess of 65,000 pounds. Bumpers on dump trucks are either placed high or omitted for added ground clearance. This presents a unique problem in a traffic accident because the entire front or rear of an automobile can go under the truck. Thus, passengers in a car may be more severely injured than they would be in a crash involving another car.
There are other key issues that make accidents involving commercial trucks unique. Commercial trucks and their drivers are held to different, often more strict, traffic laws. If you have been involved in an accident with a dump truck, these laws could play a crucial role in your case. For this reason, it is critical to seek the advice of an experienced New Jersey truck crash attorney.
The truck driver is not the only defendant in a truck accident. In many truck crash cases business entities are legally responsible for personal injuries. Trucking companies, truck driver agencies, truck manufacturers, contractors, employers, and insurance companies may also be obligated to compensate you. New Jersey truck accident attorney Jeffrey S. Hark at Hark & Hark will help you identify as many potential defendants as possible in order to ensure a complete recovery.
If you or someone you love has been involved in a traffic accident with a commercial dump truck through no fault of your own, Jeffrey S. Hark, New Jersey dump truck accident attorney, is ready to offer you the full range of litigation and claims expertise. Attorney Jeffrey S. Hark has successfully represented dozens of accident and personal injury victims throughout New Jersey. Contact us today to see how we can help.