Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accidents in New Jersey
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A: Before you speak to anyone about your incident, if you or a loved one has been involved in a crash with a truck, please contact us for a free consultation with one of our skilled New Jersey truck crash attorneys.
You should always first be concerned with medical attention and get taken to the emergency room by a paramedic even if you think you are alright or unhurt. Some serious medical problems can take weeks or even months to appear following an accident.
Truck Driver Negligence
A: Truck drivers work long shifts and their companies often are very strict about timetables and deliveries. In addition, fellow truckers on the road often travel together and at times speed or drive dangerously in order to make their deliveries on time. A negligent truck driver who has been driving for more than 8 hours is a danger to him or herself and everyone else on the road. A speeding truck can also become a serious traffic hazard because the heaviness of the truck makes the vehicle dangerous to handle.
In many New Jersey trucking accidents exhaustion, high speeds and illegal drugs are involved. Many truck accidents involve a trucker who has fallen asleep at the wheel. Other recent data suggests that sleep disorders may also be causing truck accidents to occur. A disorder known as sleep apnea, which affects millions of people in the US, can cause severe exhaustion in the healthiest person while they are awake. Because sleep apnea occurs most frequently in overweight men who are not generally active many truckers are afflicted with the disease. The disorder makes it almost impossible for the trucker to have a full healthy night's rest, especially on their busy and hectic schedules.
Faulty Truck Equipment
Other common causes of trucking collisions involve tailgating, when a truck drives too close to another vehicle. When the vehicle in front of the truck slows down or stops the truck must brake or swerve out of the way. Because a truck needs additional distance to effectively stop or slow itself trucker's should never drive too closely to any other vehicle. Some equipment failure can also lead to a truck accident. Failing to inspect brakes, lighting, the engine, tires or any other part of the truck can cause a very serious accident.
A: Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. are one of the few law offices in New Jersey offering free, no-obligation legal consultations on any personal injury case. If we handle your case for you we work most every incident on a contingent basis.
Contingent fees are a preset amount of a successfully settled award. If we don't win your case you don't pay us these fees. There are never any hidden charges from us and we always factor our fees into any amount that we agree to settle on with the other parties involved.
A: You should never sign any paperwork, admit any guilt, or agree to any settlement before speaking with a lawyer at our firm for free.
If possible you may want to take pictures of the scene of the accident, including all vehicles involved, their license plates, the road and weather conditions and as many different angles as you can. You should also have the police make a report and investigation. You should get the information of any driver involved, including their insurance carrier, policy numbers, truck license plate numbers and states, the truck driving license of any trucker involved and any other additional information you can.
A: You should get immediate medical treatment as quickly and thoroughly as possible. In many cases emergency rooms have specialized trauma teams handling vehicle collisions. These teams will usually assess you medically, take x-rays, and treat you if necessary. You should follow up your emergency room visit with a visit to your primary care doctor. Never leave any detail or any minor pain or symptom out of your discussion with your doctor. A seemingly minor pain can turn into something very serious, including a full body paralysis, if left untreated.
A: Contact our office for more information. If you have been involved in an accident in NJ and are having problems from your insurance provider with having all of your legally owed claims paid contact us.
In many accident cases our Princeton truck crash attorneys can have all insurance providers involved pay their legally owed amounts to the full.
Make sure and have the name and phone number of anyone you speak to at any insurance provider. You should also ask them to put anything they tell you into writing. Many times what insurance claims employees will do is to tell people they aren't covered but will back off of putting it in writing.
If you have been involved in an accident with a garbage truck, FedEx truck, UPS truck or other large vehicle in NJ, please contact a lawyer at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. by calling (609) 240-0040 to set up a free consultation at our office in Princeton.
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