If you’re a truck driver in New Jersey and are involved in an accident while loading or unloading your truck, understanding your rights when making a claim can feel overwhelming. That’s where we come in.
Here are several things you should know:
- Report the incident and injury immediately to your supervisor and the facility where the accident occurs.
- Use your cellphone to take photos of any damage or injury.
- Call the police if necessary — you might have to do that yourself. Don’t let anyone bully you into not calling the police.
- Keep a copy of the incident report/police report for yourself. If the supervisor or the warehouse facility doesn’t provide an accident report form, write down what happened (keep a pen and notebook in your truck at all times, just in case). You can even use e-mail to record the incident, and your cellphone to take a photo of the accident/incident report for your records.
- Do not refuse medical treatment offered at the time of an accident, and don’t let anyone keep you from getting medical attention if you need it, including a trip to the emergency room.
- You may have multiple claims, including workers’ compensation, personal injury against the facility, products liability, and other such claims. Your attorney can represent you against the employer, warehouse facility and/or forklift manufacturer on your behalf.
We hope you stay safe and uninjured, but if something happens in the course of your work, contact our office. We’re here to help.