Negligent Truck Maintenance Lawyers in Mount Laurel, NJ
Experienced NJ Personal Injury Attorneys Represent Victims of Accidents Caused by Poorly Maintained Trucks in Camden County, Gloucester County, and Across New Jersey
Owners of trucks, whether a sole practitioner who owns one rig or a trucking company that owns a fleet, have a legal duty to maintain all vehicles before allowing the trucks to go out on the roads. This is true when the trucks are making local deliveries or cross-country hauls. When truck owners fail to abide by US Department of Transportation (DOT) guidelines, the resulting accidents and injuries are often catastrophic.
If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a truck or equipment that was not properly maintained, you may be able to pursue a personal injury lawsuit. At The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C., we have been fighting for the rights of injured clients in New Jersey for many years. We leave no stone unturned as we analyze what caused the trucking accident and uncover all areas of liability to maximize your compensation. Call our Haddonfield office today for a free consultation.
Federal Trucking Guidelines Regarding Vehicle Maintenance in New Jersey
The DOT’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Division is quite clear about guidelines that trucking companies must follow when maintaining fleets of trucks – including 18-wheelers, semis, big rigs, tractor trailers, box trucks, etc. Not only are there lengthy lists of specific pieces of equipment that must be checked constantly, but regular entries must be made in log books at the beginning and ending of every shift and throughout the maintenance process.
Some of the equipment that must be regularly inspected and checked includes parts and accessories related to:
- Brakes – service brakes, trailer brake connections and parking brakes
- Steering mechanisms
- Lights and reflectors
- Tires, wheels and rims
- Windshield wipers
- Mirrors: side vision, rear vision
- Coupling devices
- Emergency equipment
We check the logbooks and electronic maintenance records to determine what caused the truck accident that resulted in your injuries. We’ll ask questions such as:
- Were tires properly inflated or did lack of proper inflation cause a blowout?
- Was the truck driver unable to see other cars on the road due to dim or dirty headlights?
- Did the truck have reflective tape so it could be easily seen by others in the darkness of night?
- Did improperly positioned or cracked mirrors cause the driver to fail to see other cars on the road?
- Were brakes and hydraulics maintained so they would work properly in all road conditions?
- Were all door locks in proper working order so doors couldn’t fly open and release cargo at highway speeds?
At The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C., we are experienced truck accident attorneys who will investigate your accident with the help of crash reconstruction specialists and other investigators. We will get to the bottom of what caused your accident and hold all parties liable for negligence — including the manufacturer of the truck part, the installation company, the mechanics and the trucking company itself.
Request a Free Consultation with a Cherry Hill Truck Accident Law Firm Today
When you or someone you love has been injured in any type of accident, it’s completely understandable that you may be feeling overwhelmed. After all, you are likely in pain, stressed over mounting medical bills and feeling angry about the fact that a trucking company put profits before people and didn’t maintain their trucks as per the law.
We can help get you the justice you want and deserve, as well as the compensation you need. At The Law Offices of Andres & Berger, P.C., we’ve won millions of dollars in damages for people injured in truck accidents caused by myriad factors, including drunk truck drivers, fatigued truckers, trucking company negligence and more. Contact us today for a free consultation about your NJ truck accident. There are no upfront legal fees and if we don’t collect damages for you, you won’t pay us anything.