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New Jersey Truck Accident Attorneys

Fighting for clients Injured in tractor-trailer crashes throughout NJ

Despite tough state and federal trucking regulations, in a typical year in New Jersey state police report more than 65 tractor-trailer accidents resulting in fatalities, more than 2,000 truck and commercial accidents causing more than 3,200 injuries. Reckless and negligent truck companies and their drivers are responsible for many of the most catastrophic injuries and heartbreak to families throughout the state.

The New Jersey personal injury law firm of Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP, represents victims of truck accidents throughout New Jersey. Our lawyers also represent family members of fatal accident victims. We are proud of our record of holding trucking companies and their drivers accountable when they hurt innocent people. We offer a free initial consultation to discuss your case.

Common causes of truck accidents in NJ

Investigating a truck accident is a search for the truth. Facing the possibility of a significant damage claim, trucking companies and their insurers often look for ways to blame accidents on the person in the other vehicle rather than admitting liability. Our lawyers collect and preserve evidence of truck driver and trucking company negligence which cause truck crashes such as:

  • Speeding
  • Reckless driving
  • Distracted driver
  • Drowsy, drunk, or drugged drivers (prescription or illicit drugs)
  • Overloaded or unsecured load
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Negligent hiring
  • Truck driver fatigue caused by driving too long without a legally required rest break
  • Tailgating/following too closely

Many trucks contain GPS systems that record all actions taken by the truck driver before the accident. Electronic logging devices, (ELDs) have largely replaced the paper log books that truck drivers were required to keep. ELDs are connected to the truck’s engine, so they give a more accurate record of how long the driver has been driving, how long of a break they took, and other critical details about the driver’s work habits. ELDs help to ensure that commercial truck drivers do not drive too long without taking a legally required rest break. However, trucking companies will not turn over this evidence willingly. It usually takes a lawyer’s help to ensure that this evidence is not destroyed.

Injuries from commercial truck accidents

The FMCSA classifies commercial truck based on weight or gross vehicle weight ratings (GVWR) which runs from one to eight, smallest to largest. GVWR is the maximum weight a truck can weigh while driving including the truck and the load. A tractor-trailer is considered a class 8, which is among the heaviest vehicles on the road, starts at 33,0001 lbs. The average passenger sedan weighs roughly 3-4,000 lbs. making a commercial truck more than 10x the weight of the average passenger vehicle. Even a big SUV or mini-van still weighs less than 10,000 lbs.

With such a massive difference in size, a commercial truck can cause unspeakable damage to a passenger vehicle and its occupants. Some of the common injuries from trucking accidents include:

What makes a truck accident different from a collision between two passenger vehicles?

Aside from the difference in the size of the vehicles and the truck’s ability to cause major damage to smaller passenger vehicles, a commercial truck driver is a professional who works for a company which has large insurance policies. When the accident was caused by the truck driver, or because of defective equipment on the truck, there may be several defendants who can be held responsible for your injuries.

A trucking accident claim is also more complicated than a passenger vehicle wreck. There is much more evidence to be found, and with such a massive machine, there are a lot of moving parts and a lot more that can go wrong with them. Your NJ truck accident lawyer will require the help of specialized truck accident re-construction experts, and the crash investigation is far more complex.

The more serious injuries, the wider and more complicated causes, and the more thorough investigation required makes a trucking accident different from a regular motor vehicle crash.

Why should I hire a New Jersey truck accident attorney?

If you have sustained serious injuries that will have a lasting impact on your quality of life and your ability to work, then you will need the maximum amount of compensation. The trucking company’s legal team is determined to make sure that you recover as little as possible, so you need an aggressive legal team on your side who will fight for what’s right on your behalf. Our experienced New Jersey truck accident attorneys have helped countless clients to recover the compensation they deserve after suffering life-altering injuries because of someone else’s negligence.

Many large over-the-road freight companies are self-insured and have their own investigators on the scene within minutes of a reported truck crash. Successful case preparation involves legal maneuvers to subpoena evidence and force the truck companies to obey federal regulations. In many cases, there are also multiple layers of liability, as the truck company points to the negligent independent driver, the maintenance subcontractor, and even the dock workers responsible for loading the trailer.

Before you talk to a truck company or its insurance representative about a settlement, talk to our NJ truck accident lawyers. We will provide an honest evaluation of the merits of your case and explain your options for a full and fair recovery. If the case has merit and you retain us to represent you, we will work aggressively to help you recover the maximum compensation you are entitled to under the law.

Hurt in a collision with a truck or tractor-trailer in NJ? Call us now

From offices in Edison, Red Bank, and Toms River, our New Jersey personal injury lawyers advise and represent clients in tractor-trailer accident cases throughout New Jersey. Call our office at 732-384-1331, or contact us online to arrange a free consultation. We also offer free home and hospital visits.

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Testimonials

I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!

"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
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2018-10-22T00:29:45+00:00

~ Client

"The list is LONG of the wonderful things that I can say about Barry, Maria (his assistant) & the rest of the folks that I had the HONOR of spending time with during my case. I brought my case to another lawyer that told me that I have no case, yet Barry was not only able to WIN, but he WON a substantial amount! Lawyers have awful reputations, but Barry defies every single one of them! Barry Eichen genuinely CARES about his clients!! NOTHING was too much to ask for – there was no such thing as too many phone calls! Without a doubt, I was in the BEST HANDS with Barry as my attorney! I not only WON my lawsuit, but I also WON lifelong FRIENDS!"

I have to say he is a great person.

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
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2018-10-31T17:42:12+00:00

~ Client

"I had a bad accident back in June of 2015. My dad knows Barry. I have to say he is a great person. I was unsatisfied with some things that were happening with a previous lawyer and he made sure everything was fixed and I was satisfied. My lawyer Edward McElroy is great he answers emails in a timely matter even on weekends. I know they probably used to get annoyed with me calling all the time Lol. But I was just curious to what is going on with my case. Nicole, Ed’s secretary is great. She always responds back to my emails in a timely matter as well and even checks up on things with me from time to time. Barry recently became my mother and cousins Lawyer do to a bad accident they were involved in as well. I would highly recommend this firm. Thanks guys 🙂"

Mr. Zaslow is truly the best.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

~ C.C.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:44:24+00:00

~ C.C.

"The loss of my husband due to malpractice was and is devastating, Daryl took on our case and said, “Unfortunately I can’t bring your husband back but I can make sure that you will be ok financially,” and that is what he did , with compassion and dedication and always made feel like he had time for me, I never felt rushed or unimportant, I cannot say enough about how professional yet caring this office has treated me . Mr. Zaslow is truly the best at what he does and I can’t say enough about his secretary who not only kept me informed but listened to me during the most painful time of my life , all I can say is what a great team . Thank you Daryl for helping me . Thank you Heather for listening."

Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:48:36+00:00

~ Client

"When, at age 44 my son suffered a massive Ischemic stroke, my greatest concern was how he would be able to live a normal life without the use of his speech and his arm. Daryl Zaslow went to bat for him and through his tireless efforts, his medical knowledge and his sincere concern for my son, Mr. Zaslow secured for my son a future not only without financial worries, but with hope and happiness. There are no words to express the thanks of our family to a great lawyer."

Very very pleased with the service and professionalism.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

~ M.M.

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T17:51:39+00:00

~ M.M.

"Very very pleased with the service and professionalism of this law firm. I really felt that my case was very important to them and went to every length to achieve the best outcome possible. Or attorney really went to bat for me and his staff was very professional and courteous. Highly recommended. Thank you again for a great outcome !!"

This is a 5 star firm.

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T18:04:32+00:00

~ Client

"Great firm took me right in and sat with me and understood my case, unlike other attorneys I had seen. This is a 5 star firm."

I would highly recommend his firm.

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."

~ Client

Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP
5.0
2018-10-31T18:07:23+00:00

~ Client

"Mr. Eichen handled a motorcycle accident for me in 2002, as well as various other cases since that time. I have permanent injuries from that accident and he was able to resolve my case for the full policy limits and get me compensation as quickly as possible. I would highly recommend his firm."
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