New Jersey Attorneys Discuss Trucking Accidents Caused by Winter Weather
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NJ Attorneys Representing Victims of Winter Weather Truck Accidents
Semi trucks are a large and menacing presence on New Jersey's roadways. The danger they pose to other vehicles only increases when winter weather rolls across the state. If you have been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a commercial truck, you need to contact an experienced NJ truck accident attorney.
Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has successfully represented accident victims and their families in the Garden State for over 20 years. We are dedicated to our clients. We'll stand up against large trucking companies and their insurers to get you the settlement you deserve.
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The danger trucks pose to other vehicles only increases when winter weather rolls across the state.
Semi Trucks Vs. Passenger Vehicles
Semi trucks, or tractor trailers, are much larger and outweigh other vehicles on the road. The average passenger vehicle weighs approximately 3,250 pounds. A fully loaded semi truck can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Tractor trailers need much more time and distance to come to a complete stop than smaller vehicles. The average automobile traveling at 60 miles per hour can come to a complete stop in approximately 140 feet. A semi truck traveling at the same speed will need 400 or more feet to come to a complete stop. Add rain, snow, sleet, and ice to these factors and the chance for serious accidents multiplies a great deal.
What Are Some Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
By their design, semi trucks are difficult to operate. The fact that the tractor and the trailer are separate entities often causes jackknifing. A jackknife happens when the trailer starts moving at a faster speed than the tractor. While most semi truck operators are highly trained and experienced, the companies that employ them often encourage the drivers to operate unsafely to increase their profits. These unsafe practices can include speeding to make delivery deadlines, overloading trailers, and having drivers work while they are sleepy or fatigued.
NJ Truck Accident Settlements
If you or a family member is involved in a tractor trailer accident, don't trust the trucking company's insurer to give you the settlement you deserve. Never enter into any negotiation with an insurance company without consulting an attorney first. An experienced truck accident law firm can help you receive compensation for damages, such as:
- Property damage and loss
- Medical bills
- Pain and suffering
- Lost wages due to time off from work
- Physical therapy and rehabilitation costs
- Permanent injury or disability
If you've lost a loved one in an accident, you may be able to pursue a New Jersey wrongful death claim. Compensations in a wrongful death claim can help pay for:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering of the deceased before death
- Loss of future income
- Loss of future benefits
- Loss of love, affection, companionship, etc.
- Loss of household duties the deceased performed (childcare, chores, etc.)
Get Legal Help from our NJ Winter Weather Truck Accident Attorneys Today
If you've been injured or lost a loved one in an accident with a semi truck, contact a New Jersey winter weather truck accident attorney. The legal team at Lependorf & Silverstein, P.C. has represented Princeton area injury victims since 2000. We will take a personal interest in your case.
Call (609) 240-0040 today for a free, comprehensive consultation.
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