Injured in a Truck Accident – How Can a Lawyer Help Me?
January 7, 2020 | By admin
Severity of Truck Accidents in New Jersey
Truck accidents are among the most severe type of motor vehicle accidents, often due to the size and weight of large commercial trucks. In truck accidents, the occupants of smaller vehicles involved in the accident can be left with serious injuries and require treatment and recovery that could entitle those victims to significant compensation.
Why Truck Accidents Are Dangerous
Not only are truck accidents often more dangerous due to their size and weight, but their size also means that they take up much more room on the road, take longer to make a turn or pass and require more distance to come to a stop. This greatly increases the risk of collisions with other vehicles on the road, especially when other drivers on the road (or even the truck driver him/herself) fail to appreciate the unique driving characteristics of a commercial truck. When a truck is involved in a collision with a smaller vehicle, the truck imparts a far greater force upon the smaller vehicle that would be involved in car accidents. As a result, the occupants of the smaller vehicle tend to suffer much more severe injuries as a result of the extra force imparted by the collision.
Determining Fault in Truck Accidents
Although a truck accident can occur due to the careless or reckless driving of the truck driver, there are often many other aspects that are critical to determining fault in this type of accident. For example, the truck driver’s logs can show that the driver was behind the wheel in excess of regulatory limits, indicating that he or she may have been fatigued at the time of the accident. Or the truck’s load manifest can show that the truck was overloaded or improperly loaded, which contributed to the accident.
Of course, other drivers who are involved in a truck accident may also bear some fault for the accident. In some states, a party who shares some fault for his or her accident is precluded from recovering compensation. In other states, the injured party may have his or her compensation reduced by the amount of his or her share of fault for the accident.
Potential Defendants in Truck Accident Claims
Although parties in a car accident are usually just the drivers involved in the accident, with truck accidents there may be many other parties who share some fault for the accident. In addition to the negligent truck driver, the trucking company that hired or employed the driver may also be responsible under a theory of vicarious liability or directly liable if it directed the driver to drive in a careless or reckless manner (such as by speeding or driving in excess of limits behind the wheel). Other potential parties that may share fault for the accident include the freight company that loaded the truck (if the load caused the accident), the truck manufacturer (if a defect caused the accident), or the mechanics for the truck (if improper maintenance caused the accident).
Pursuing a Personal Injury Claim Following a Truck Accident
Seeking compensation for injuries suffered in a truck accident usually begins with asserting a claim with the insurance companies that insure the truck driver, trucking company, and other companies associated with the truck that caused the accident. It is often necessary to thoroughly investigate a truck accident to fully understand what happened the accident and the factors that combined to lead to it. When a settlement with the insurance company is not possible, it may be necessary to file a lawsuit to pursue a personal injury claim.
Contact a Edison Personal Injury Lawyer to Discuss Your Truck Accident Case in New Jersey
Did you or a loved one sustain serious injuries due to a truck accident in New Jersey? Don’t let the medical bills pile up while you wait for the negligent party or their insurance company to do the right thing. Right now, you need an aggressive personal injury attorney on your side, fighting to get you the compensation you need, want, and deserve. The skilled attorneys at Lombardi and Lombardi, P.A. represent clients injured because of truck accidents in Woodbridge, Old Bridge, Piscataway, New Brunswick, and throughout New Jersey. Call (732) 906-1500 or fill out our online contact form to schedule a free consultation about your case. We have an office conveniently located at 1862 Oak Tree Road, Edison, NJ 08820, as well as offices in Brick, Freehold, and Point Pleasant Beach.
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