Holding Trucking Companies Accountable For Fatal Accidents
While truck drivers typically walk away from accidents, the same is not true for those in the other vehicle. Tractor-trailers cause a disproportionate share of fatal accidents in New Jersey.
At Smith Magram Michaud Colonna, P.C., in Burlington, our lawyers handle cases of wrongful death in truck accidents. We hold truck drivers and trucking companies accountable when their negligence results in a devastating loss for others. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.
Protecting The Interests Of Family Members
In the aftermath of a truck accident, it is important to act swiftly to collect and preserve evidence such as the driver logbook, truck maintenance records, drug test records, and the truck’s GPS system if equipped. Without prompt action, evidence that you need to prove liability for the accident could literally drive away.
Driver fatigue is a leading cause of truck accidents resulting in fatalities. In many cases, the driver has pushed himself or herself to stay on the road without taking rest breaks as required by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. Other causes include unqualified or unsafe drivers, negligent maintenance, and carrying too much weight. Our lawyers will investigate the driver and the trucking company to determine if their negligence was factor in your loved one’s death.
Trucking companies carry large insurance policies to pay for the losses they cause in accidents. However, insurance companies do not pay large damage claims willingly, even when the truck driver was clearly at fault. It usually takes the help of an experienced attorney to hold the insurance company accountable.
While no amount of compensation can make up for what your family has lost, it can provide financial security for your family in the years ahead. It can also provide an economic motivation for trucking companies to drive safely.
For More Information About Wrongful Death In Truck Accidents
Call our Burlington fatal truck accident lawyers at 609-589-0649 or complete our contact form for a free initial consultation. We work on a contingency fee basis, meaning there are no upfront costs to you and no attorney fees unless we secure a settlement or verdict.