New Jersey Truck Accident Attorneys
Collisions Involving Big Rigs, Large Trucks, 18-Wheelers, Tractor Trailers & More
Tractor trailers, also known as big rigs, 18 wheelers, and semi trucks, are constant presences on the Garden State’s highways. While they are vital to our state’s economy, they are also a great danger to drivers of smaller vehicles due to their larger size and weight. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident involving a tractor trailer, you may be able to pursue compensation for you and your family’s losses and damages. But winning a legal claim against a trucking company is no easy task, because you will be going up against their insurer’s armies of lawyers.
To secure the settlement you deserve, you will need your own experienced legal team to fight on your behalf. The New Jersey auto accident attorneys at Princeton's Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. have been successfully representing New Jersey injury victims for over 20 years. We have secured our clients many substantial settlements and will put our knowledge and experience behind your claim. Call Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. at (609) 240-0040 today for a free consultation. Don’t delay! New Jersey has strict statutes of limitation on personal injury lawsuits.
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What Makes Tractor Trailers So Dangerous
There are many reasons why tractor trailers are so dangerous to other drivers on the road, including:
- Size and weight: Big rigs can legally weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded, compared to the weight of the average passenger car which is about 3,500 pounds. The average length of a tractor trailer combo it is 70 to 80 feet, compared to the average American car length of eight to 12 feet.
- Two or more pieces: Tractor trailers consist of two or more independent pieces, the cab (tractor) and the trailer (and sometimes two trailers). This makes them harder to maneuver and more prone to jackknifing, roll over, and separation accidents.
- They take longer to come to a complete stop: Its basic physics. Something heavier has more momentum than something lighter, traveling at the same speed. Something with more momentum will take longer to stop. Combine this increased stopping time with traveling down hills or on rain slicked or icy roads, and you have the perfect recipe for an accident.
- Blind spots: Tractor trailers have large blind spots or "no zones" where they have difficulty seeing the vehicles surrounding them.
- Hazardous cargo: Many trucks carry hazardous cargo, such as gasoline, dynamite, or other dangerous chemicals that can catch fire, explode, or spill.
We will work tirelessly on your behalf to ensure that you recover the compensation amount you deserve.
Dangerous Practices by Trucking Companies
In addition to the dangers posed by the size, weight, and design issues of tractor trailers, some trucking companies encourage their drivers to violate Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) regulations to deliver more goods faster, and thus increase profit margins. These dangerous practices can include:
- Overloading trailers above the FMCSA maximum of 80,000 pounds
- Improperly loading trailers (trailers loaded unevenly or top heavy will jackknife and tip over more easily)
- Driving too many hours without a rest break
- Driving more hours than allowed in a shift
- Not taking enough time off between shifts
- Driving too many days in a row
- Not performing required routine maintenance
- Not replacing worn or defective parts (such as tires, lights, speedometers, etc.)
- Driving while fatigued
- Driving under the influence of stimulants
Compensation for an Accident with a Tractor Trailer
If you’ve been injured in an accident with a tractor trailer, you may be able to pursue compensation for damages including the following:
- Current medical bills
- Cost of future medical bills related to your injury (such as reconstructive surgeries, skin grafts, etc.)
- Property loss or damage
- Permanent injury or disability
- Costs of physical therapy and rehabilitation
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Loss of a limb
- Pain and suffering
- Costs of in home care
- Household and vehicle modifications if needed
- Emotional trauma and mental duress
- Post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD)
- Full or partial paralysis
- Lost wages from missed work
- Loss of career or earning potential
- Reduction of earning capacity
- Hedonic damages for loss of joy of life
Wrongful Death Damages for a New Jersey Truck Accident
In the tragic event that you’ve lost a loved one in a tractor trailer accident, you and your family may be able to seek compensation for any of the following wrongful death damages:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before they died
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits (such as medical benefits or retirement)
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, guidance, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed (such as childcare, property maintenance, etc.)
While we at the Princeton law offices of Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. truly hope you never need our services, but rest assured we will be there to assist you and your family if you do. Call our New Jersey personal injury attorneys for a free consultation at (609) 240-0040.
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