Handling Tractor-Trailer Accidents In New Jersey And New York
In the United States, our highways represent the backbone of industrial America. And while this is good for the economy, it can be a nightmare for drivers who are forced to navigate one of the most highly congested avenues of tractor-trailers in the nation. MetroLaw.Com knows all too well how true this is. Big rig drivers are often overworked and under-rested, leading to the negligent operation of an 80,000-pound vehicle. Our trucking accident lawyers help people in Newark, New Jersey, and the surrounding areas of New York who have suffered injuries because of negligence on the part of truck drivers and companies.
Truck Accidents: Common And Dangerous
Recently the United States Department of Transportation’s Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reported that in 2002, there were more than 4,000 truck-related deaths in the United States. This means 10 percent of all traffic-related fatalities involved trucks. There are a variety of factors that are common when it comes to truck accidents throughout the New York and New Jersey area. Some common contributors include:
- Speeding drivers
- Drivers who are reckless
- Truck drivers who are texting or engaging in other distracting behaviors
- Those who drive drunk, drugged, or drowsy
- Drivers who are carrying overloaded or unsecured loads
- Truck drivers who are fatigued due to spending too much time on the road
- Drivers who tailgate or follow smaller vehicles too closely
There are also instances where trucking companies can be held liable as well. Some of the ways employers can be responsible for their drivers’ actions include instances where:
- Companies fail to adequately maintain the vehicles
- Companies engage in negligent hiring processes
- Companies fail to ensure their drivers are adhering to safe driving schedules
Truck accidents are far more complicated than standard vehicle collisions. Semi-trucks are required to follow strict federal, state, and local guidelines. And because of the incredible size difference between an 80,000-pound 18-wheeler and a 3,000-pound car, the consequences of collisions are often very serious, resulting in debilitating catastrophic injuries and even wrongful death. The law is designed to protect safe drivers and their families from hospital costs and lost wages, as well as provide recovery of future losses resulting from death or prolonged or permanent injury. Victims of truck accidents should work with a knowledgeable and aggressive legal team to ensure they are in the best position possible to protect their legal rights and recover.
Common Injuries From Semi-Truck Accidents
Victims who are involved in semi-truck accidents are often at an increased risk of sustaining life-altering and catastrophic injuries. Some of the most common injuries our team has seen from tractor-trailer incidents include:
Head Injuries: Many victims sustained head injuries due to sudden blows to the skull. These injuries can result in overwhelming pain, memory loss, and an array of other negative consequences.
Back and Neck Injuries: Victims who are involved in truck accidents often sustain back and neck injuries that are debilitating. These accidents often result in pain and suffering as well as restrictions in their movements.
Traumatic Brain Injuries: Brain injuries can be devastating. Quite often, brain injuries require extensive medical treatment and can have long-term impacts that prevent victims from engaging in activities. Victims of TBIs often suffer from memory loss, balance problems, and various other cognitive problems.
Loss of Limbs: There are instances where victims of truck accidents lose arms, legs, hands, or feet during their accidents. 18-wheelers are much larger and heavier than other vehicles, which means victims in smaller vehicles are more likely to suffer severe injuries from being crushed or struck by them.
Internal Organ Damage: Internal injuries to the lungs, kidneys, and other organs can require extensive and costly medical treatment. Many organ injuries can be fatal without timely and adequate treatment.
Lacerations: There are several instances where truck drivers suffer from cuts, scrapes, bruises, and lacerations that require immediate medical attention. These injuries can lead to permanent scarring for victims.
Broken Bones: It is extremely common for truck accident victims to sustain broken legs, arms, and other bones. These injuries often impact the ability of victims to perform various activities. Not only do broken bones have immediate impacts on victims, but they often demand extensive treatment and can cause months of discomfort, pain, and restrictions.
Spinal Cord Injuries: Depending on the severity of a spinal cord injury, victims can be forced to undergo extensive medical treatment. Some victims experience paralysis, which can be temporary or permanent. Spinal cord injuries are extremely painful and can have a detrimental impact on a person’s health and wellbeing.
Burn Injuries: Painful burns can leave victims with permanent scars, tissue damages, nerve damages, muscle impairments, and more. These injuries often require multiple surgeries and are overwhelmingly painful.
When victims are injured in truck accidents, it is crucial that they take swift actions to consult with a legal team in their area. Working with a skilled, knowledgeable, and effective truck accident attorney from Metro Law in New York and New Jersey can help to ensure you are in the best position possible to protect your legal rights and get the justice you rightfully deserve. Our team understands the impact these and other injuries have on victims, which is why we fight aggressively to ensure our clients are able to fully and fairly recover.
Protecting Injured People After A Truck Accident in New Jersey & New York
Drivers and owners of large trucks have a unique responsibility to those with whom they share the road. When accidents occur between a large truck and a car, motorcycle or light truck, truckers have a significant safety advantage. Large trucks’ size often means the other driver suffers a disproportionate level of injury.
Legal complications can also be disproportionate when large trucks are involved. Questions of liability can quickly become complex: Who is liable: the driver, the owner of the truck, the manufacturer, a third vehicle or a third-party truck maintenance firm? Jurisdiction issues also often apply.
For help in handling a complex truck accident injury case, turn to our legal team at MetroLaw.Com. We offer a free consultation at our office in Newark, New Jersey, or our other office in New York.
Thirty Years Of Winning Verdicts And Settlements For Truck Accident Victims
Have you have been injured in a truck collision involving an 18-wheeler, semi, tractor-trailer or “straight job”? The law firm of MetroLaw.Com can help. We have experience sorting out the complexities of intra- and interstate trucking law and work with physicians and other medical professionals to assess the full extent of your injuries.
We have achieved financial compensation for numerous trucking accident victims. Two sample cases include:
- Our client was thrown from his vehicle in a truck crash, suffering permanent leg injuries. We negotiated settlements with the manufacturer of the truck, the maker of the latch on the truck door and the owner and operator of the other vehicle. The total settlement amount exceeded $1 million.
- Our client was struck by a 40-foot tractor-trailer while in his Jeep. He developed post-traumatic stress disorder as a result, hampering all facets of his life. Though post-traumatic stress disorder is difficult to prove, we won a $724,000 jury verdict in court for our client.
Each case is unique, and results will vary depending on the facts of each case.
How We Can Help
Attorney Robert Solomon and our staff can assist you in managing medical bills and resolving property damage claims. We can also sue insurance companies if they refuse to honor their coverage obligations. Our team works aggressively to ensure the legal rights of our clients are protected after being harmed in accidents. To do so, we provide a variety of services, including:
Investigating: Our team goes out to the site of each clients’ accident to investigate. We gather evidence from the scene, take photos, record videos, and gather surveillance footage from local homes and businesses. In some cases, we work with experts who can recreate each accident to show critical details surrounding why and how an accident occurred. We take an aggressive approach to ensure all evidence that is available is included in the case files.
Gather documents: Our truck accident attorneys gather medical records, police reports, and various other documents that provide how an accident took place and the impact that it has on those involved. Whenever necessary, we work with financial experts who accurately demonstrate the impacts people endure from being forced out of work due to their injuries.
Get our clients compensated: Our attorneys put together solid legal claims on behalf of accident victims that ensure we are in the best position possible to negotiate full and fair settlements. We present evidence to those at-fault while demanding compensation to cover various economic and non-economic burdens victims endure. If we are not able to come to a settlement agreement, our team provides competent and effective legal representation in the courtroom to ensure our clients are in the best position possible to obtain the outcome they expect for their claims.
Help victims recover: Our ultimate goal is to help our clients so they are in the best position possible to reach their goals in recovering. We strive to help our clients get the full and fair compensation they need and deserve to cover medical costs they face as a result of their accidents. We work to help injured parties collect the maximum amount of compensation for lost earnings and to cover various other costs they are forced to endure. We firmly believe that accident victims should never be forced to spend tens of thousands of dollars out of pocket as a result of another person’s actions – and we fight aggressively to ensure they never have to.
If you or a loved one has suffered a serious truck or car accident injury, including a broken bone, a displaced fracture, disfiguring scars, fatal injuries or the loss of a child, we can help.
Successful In Getting All Damages, Present And Future
Every year, semi-truck accidents impact the lives of tens of thousands of people across the nation. We see our fair share of debilitating injuries come from tractor-trailer accidents in New York and New Jersey. In many cases, victims who are involved in these accidents are forced to undergo extensive medical treatment for their injuries. Numerous people are forced out of work and left with overwhelming pain and suffering. Not only are the mental and physical consequences devastating for victims, but their families are forced to suffer financial as well. When victims are harmed in truck accidents due to the negligence of other motorists sharing the road, it is crucial that they seek legal guidance from a knowledgeable truck accident attorney in New York and New Jersey as soon as possible.
Our attorneys at Metro Law are dedicated to helping accident victims recover after being injured in accidents due to the actions of others. We provide aggressive and effective legal representation to ensure our clients are in the best position possible to move forward after being harmed. Our attorneys have been successful helping our clients and their families recover all the compensation they are entitled to, from money for medical bills and pain and suffering to money for future medical treatments and loss of future wages. With over 30 years of trial experience, MetroLaw.Com is ready to help you sift through the wreckage and paperwork left after a truck accident. Contact us online, or call us today at 973-721-9984.
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