Injuries from Trucking Accidents Are Almost Always Catastrophic
When people are hurt in an accident with a truck, their injuries are almost always catastrophic. Large commercial vehicles like 18-wheelers, dump trucks, or fuel tankers cause significant damage when they collide with cars, motorcycles, or bicyclists. Injuries often include broken bones, burns, brain damage, paralysis, or even death.
Because the consequences of a collision with a truck are so severe, trucking injury cases are high-stakes. It is vitally important that you hire an experienced New Jersey personal injury attorney who can get you the compensation you need and deserve. When you hire The Slaven Law Firm, LLC, I will deal with the insurance companies, while you focus on your recovery.
Act Quickly After a Trucking Accident
If you or someone you love was involved in an accident with truck, it is critical that you hire an attorney as soon as possible. Trucking businesses and the companies that insure them have teams of lawyers devoted to minimizing, or even eliminating their responsibility. They get to work almost immediately after a trucking crash, often sending an insurance representative to the scene of the accident. To level the playing field, you need a New Jersey trucking accident attorney who has experience litigating trucking cases, and who will thoroughly investigate your case to see that the right parties are held responsible.
A Truck Accident Is NOT Just A Big Car Crash
At first glance, trucking accidents may seem like just a big car crash. However, there are critical differences between an accident involving two cars, as opposed to a crash involving cars and a semi-truck. Trucking companies are commercial enterprises, and the people driving for them are subject to additional legal requirements. For example, trucking businesses are required to keep records documenting vehicle maintenance. Their drivers must comply with loading and routing restrictions. A trucking company can be held liable for failing to properly train its employees. Or maybe the driver was on the road longer than the federally mandated 70 hours per week, due to an employer’s requirements, or pressure to deliver on time. Sometimes, the trucking company should never have hired a particular driver due to a poor safety record, negative employment history, lack of qualifications, or a history of drug or alcohol use.
All of these factors make trucking cases unique, and significantly more complicated that car accident cases. Because of these differences, it is critical that you hire an experienced New Jersey trucking accident attorney as quickly as possible after an accident with a truck.
Over-the-Road Trucking is a Multi-State Business Involving Many Different Companies, Any of Which May Be Responsible for Your Injuries
Beyond the size of the vehicle, remember that trucking companies are often large, multi-state enterprises. Moving goods or products from point A to point B involves many different businesses in the supply chain. Some or all of these entities may be responsible for your injuries. An experienced New Jersey trucking accident attorney knows how to research and identify the companies in the supply chain, and take the appropriate steps to hold them responsible for the harm they caused.
Questions About a Trucking Accident? Contact The Slaven Law Firm Today
If you or someone you love was hurt in an accident with a truck, contact me at The Slaven Law Firm today. I handle cases throughout Central New Jersey, including Middlesex County, Burlington County, and Mercer County. Call me at (609) 587-3250, or complete my online form.