Landstar System Truck Accidents
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Landstar System Truck Accident Attorneys
Landstar System, Inc. is a transportation company based in Jacksonville, Florida, specializing in third-party logistics. Founded in 1958, Landstar System, Inc., the company’s stock is traded on the NASDAQ. In 2019, the company brought in more than $4 billion in revenue, generating more than $227 million in profits. And as of fiscal-end 2019, Landstar System had a market value of $3.785 billion, and employed more than 1300 people.
Landstar provides transportation services to businesses of all sizes, including hazmat transportation, less-than-truckload solutions, air freight, intermodal rail transportation, border crossing and temperature-controlled transportation.
Contact information for the corporate office of Landstar System is:
13410 Sutton Park Drive, South
Jacksonville, Florida 32224
Why Are Truck Accidents So Common in New Jersey?
Large trucks spend the vast majority of their time on the highway, transporting goods to and from cities nationwide. Due to New Jersey’s central location along the Eastern Seaboard, many truck drivers use the state’s highway system, especially when traveling in or out of Philadelphia or New York City. The following are among the most common roads for truck drivers:
• Interstate 76
• Interstate 78
• Interstate 80
• Interstate 95
• Interstate 195
• Interstate 278
• Interstate 280
• Interstate 287
• Interstate 295
• Interstate 495
• Interstate 676
• Interstate 695
• Interstate 895
• Route 10
• Route 46
• New Jersey Turnpike
• The Garden State Parkway
• The Atlantic City Expressway
• The Palisades Interstate Parkway
• The Pearl Harbor Memorial Turnpike Extension
Regardless of where an accident occurs, it does not change the reality for accident victims. You are likely facing days or weeks in the hospital, missed work and hefty medical bills. Reach out to one of the experienced and dedicated New Jersey Truck Accident lawyers at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm to ensure your rights are protected and hold the negligent truck driver accountable.
New Jersey Truck Accidents Involving Landstar System, Inc. Drivers
Each year, there are more than 400,000 accidents involving large commercial trucks across the United States. In total, these accidents claim more than 3,800 lives. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) tracks all truck-accident data.
According to the FMCSA data, Landstar System truck drivers were involved in 456 crashes in the most recent 24-month period. Of these accidents:
• 321 accidents resulted in property damage only,
• 122 accidents resulted in at least one injury, and
• 13 accidents resulted in one or more deaths
The FMCSA also maintains detailed safety records related to every trucking company on a rolling 24-month basis. Over the past 24 months, Landstar System, Inc., was cited 1,149 times for unsafe driving violations. The most common violations among Landstar System drivers were:
• Lane restriction violations
• Failure to obey traffic control devices
• Following too closely
• Failure to maintain a single lane of travel
• Using a cell phone while driving
• Improper lane change
• Inattentive driving
• Failure to yield the right of way
• Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
Landstar drivers were also cited 492 times for “hour of service violations.” Federal law requires truck drivers only to drive for a certain number of hours per day, and take breaks between long trips. Truck drivers must log their driving and rest time in a driving log. In the most recent 24-month period, Landstar System drivers were cited for filing a false report 96 times.
Landstar also incurred a significant number of equipment violations. Over the last 24 months, the company was cited nearly 4,200 times for various equipment violations, including:
• Headlight, taillight, brake light and other lamp-related issues;
• Brake system problems, including 63 citations for inoperative brakes;
• Flat or overly worn tires;
• Inoperative turn signals;
• Oil leaks; and
• Inoperative windshield wipers
While some equipment-related issues may seem minor, they can contribute to a truck driver losing control of the vehicle, resulting in a serious New Jersey Truck accident.
Proving a Negligence Case Against a New Jersey Trucking Company
In any personal injury case, New Jersey truck accidents included, an accident victim must be able to establish that the defendant was negligent before recovering for their injuries. Proving a truck driver’s negligence may be straightforward, but that is not always the case. In situations involving distracted driving, drunk driving or reckless driving, accident victims may not be able to easily establish a truck driver’s negligence. However, when a truck accident’s causes are unknown, or are related to an equipment malfunction, this opens the door to several defenses. If a truck driver can show that the accident could have been caused by something other than their negligence, they may avoid liability, leaving an accident victim without any means of recovery. Another hurdle can arise if the truck driver does not have sufficient assets or insurance coverage to fully compensate an accident victim.
One way around this is to name all potentially liable parties in your truck accident claim. For example, almost all truck accident victims should consider naming the truck driver’s employer as a defendant in the claim. Under New Jersey’s vicarious liability laws, an employer is responsible for an employee’s negligent acts, as long as the employee was acting within the scope of their employment at the time of the accident. Most truck accidents occur while the truck driver is transporting goods, or on their way to pick up a load, meaning trucking companies are often liable for accident victim’s injuries.
Additionally, when an accident is the result of defective equipment, the manufacturer should be named a defendant. This reduces the chances of not being able to recover based on a defendant’s shifting of blame onto a non-present party. In other words, if all potentially liable parties are included in a lawsuit, even if the truck driver can show that the accident was caused by faulty equipment, an accident victim would be able to recover from the equipment manufacturer.
Common Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents
Some of the most common injuries individuals face after devastating truck accidents include:
• Traumatic Brain Injuries
• Head Trauma
• Spinal Cord Injuries
• Broken Bones
• Internal Injuries
Reach Out to a Dedicated New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer to Schedule a Free Consultation Today
If you or someone you love has recently been injured, or sadly, died in a New Jersey truck accident with a Landstar System, Inc., truck driver, contact one of the knowledgeable personal injury attorneys at the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm to discuss your options. Our attorneys have decades of hands-on experience holding truck drivers, trucking companies, and manufacturers accountable for their negligence. We provide New Jersey truck accident victims and their families with aggressive representation at every step of the process, ensuring we reduce the burden on you in any way we can. When you place your trust in the Todd J. Leonard Law Firm, you can rest assured that we will protect your rights, even against the largest and most powerful insurance companies. Over the years, we have successfully served thousands of clients, recovering over $100 million on their behalf. Our New Jersey personal injury firm handled all types of serious accidents, including car accidents, truck accidents, slip and fall accidents, motorcycle accidents, wrongful death claims, as well as on the job injuries. Contact us for a free, confidential consultation today at (973) 920-7900. There is no risk in calling, because we never charge a fee unless we can help you recover compensation for your injuries. We have offices conveniently located in Denville and Morristown.
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