Crashes With Commercial Vehicles Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Car accidents can be devastating. But when a driver is involved in a crash with large commercial vehicle, like an 18-wheeler, semi-truck, garbage truck, bus, dump truck, delivery vehicle, or a fuel tanker, the results are almost always catastrophic.
Injuries from crashes with large commercial trucks may include broken bones, burns, brain damage, paraplegia, quadriplegia, or even death. Medical bills for the treatment of these types of injuries can be astronomical. The emotional toll on your family can be enormous. While you may never have considered hiring an attorney, you may find that you need help. That’s where I come in.
I represent people and the families of people who have been catastrophically injured in crashes with commercial vehicles. Based in Yardville, I work with people throughout New Jersey but focus my practice on places like Trenton, Hamilton Township and the Mercer County area.
Located close to some of the east coast’s busiest highways, like I-95, I-295, and I-195, and state highways 206 and 130, Trenton and the surrounding areas see an unusually high volume of commercial trucking traffic. And with increased traffic volume comes a heightened risk that you or someone you love will be hurt in a crash with a large commercial truck.
People who have been hurt in a motor vehicle crash in New Jersey may be entitled to compensation for their injuries, including money for:
- medical bills
- time off of work
- pain, suffering, and mental anguish
- property damage
- punitive damages in some cases
- permanent impairment
- scars or disfigurement
- loss of enjoyment of life
- loss of the ability to participate in pre-accident activities
Knowing that the stakes are high for you and your family, I work hard to get you the compensation that you need and deserve.
Corporate Responsibility in Commercial Trucking Accidents
While there are similarities between trucking accidents and car crashes, accidents involving large commercial vehicles have added layers of complexity. To maximize your monetary recovery and ease the financial burden on your family, you need an experienced New Jersey trucking accident attorney who has a keen attention to detail, and will dig through the mountains of corporate and medical records to maximize your recovery and help ease your family’s financial burden.
Truck drivers, just like any other driver on New Jersey roadways, are required to carry liability insurance. However, because trucking companies are often large, multi-state businesses, they usually have large, complicated insurance policies, and teams of lawyers, insurance adjusters, and risk analyzers who get to work almost immediately after a trucking accident. So while you and your family are trying to put your life back together, the trucking company and their insurance company are busy trying to minimize their exposure and reduce their responsibility for your injuries.
Fortunately, through hard work and good investigative skills, an experienced New Jersey trucking accident lawyer can hold trucking companies, drivers, and shipping companies responsible when they cause harm..
Truck operators may be negligent for failing to follow basic traffic laws. The driver may have ran a red light, failed to stop at a stop sign, or been speeding. Drivers may be under pressure to deliver on time and may drive while overly tired, fall asleep at the wheel, or fail to follow hours of service regulations.
Suppliers and shippers may be responsible for improperly or overloading the truck, trailer, or vehicle. These conditions may create an unsafe condition that could lead to an accident. The shippers and suppliers may be part of the same company as the driver, or they could be working for different corporate entities. An experienced New Jersey trucking accident lawyer can uncover the ownership and corporate structure of everyone involved in the supply chain to identify the company or companies responsible.
The trucking company may have failed to hire properly qualified drivers, or did not properly train the drivers. Trucking companies can be responsible for accidents if they do not properly maintain their vehicles. They may violate safety regulations by failing to properly maintain the truck or trailer’s tire pressure, brakes, or other safety systems.
Trucking companies operate throughout many states and are subject to countless rules and regulations. They are also well-insured, and have armies of lawyers and insurance adjusters prepared to defend them. If you or someone you love was hurt in a car accident with a truck or other commercial vehicle, you need an experienced New Jersey truck accident attorney on your side to help you get the compensation that you and your family need and deserve.
If you need help because of an accident with a commercial vehicle, contact me at The Slaven Law Firm, LLC today. Call 609-587-3250, email me, or complete the online form for more information or to schedule a free, confidential consultation.