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Seeking Compensation for a New Jersey Truck Accident

By Lependorf & Silverstein on October 3, 2013

Large trucks are capable of causing devastating injury accidents. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), one out of nine traffic fatalities in 2008 involved a collision with a large truck. There were approximately 380,000 large trucks, weighing more than 10,000 pounds each, involved in traffic accidents throughout the United States that year, resulting in 4,229 fatalities and 90,000 injuries. In New Jersey, large trucks were involved in 48 of the 811 fatal crashes that occurred statewide.

After a truck accident has occurred, you should take these steps below to protect your rights and your potential claim case, but only if you are capable of safely doing so without causing further harm to yourself:

  • Write down the name and contact information from the truck driver and from anyone who witnessed the accident.
  • Write down the license plate, insurance information, and details about the trucking company.
  • Take photos of the damage to the vehicles, the crash site, and your injuries.
  • Never admit fault for the collision when speaking to the drivers, witnesses, or police officers.
  • Seek out medical attention right away.
  • Keep notes of the suffering you have endured since the crash and the bills you have accumulated as you heal.
  • Contact an experienced truck accident attorney.

There is a limited amount of time to file a claim against a truck driver. Additionally, vital evidence, such as the truck driver’s logs or vehicle maintenance logs, may be destroyed if a prompt request is not made to preserve evidence. A Princeton truck accident attorney will help you quickly file a claim to get you the support you need and rightfully deserve.

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