New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyer
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When a trucking accident turns your life upside down, we can help you get your life back
A collision with a massive commercial truck can be devastating. Your injuries are serious, and you don’t know who is responsible for paying the medical bills. You don’t know the legal system. And you don’t know what to expect from the injury rehabilitation process.
But what if you had someone on your side who could take care of all of these problems for you? Since 1994, our New Jersey truck accident attorneys have done more than handle our client’s personal injury claims. We’ve also stepped in to make their lives easier – whether that means helping them manage the medical bills or helping them figure out how to proceed with getting medical care.
If you’re ready to get help for your truck accident claim, call today!
The Severity of a Truck Accident
Massive vehicles like tractor trailers are the heavyweights of the highway. And the larger a motor vehicle is, the greater its potential for causing critical damage.
An 18-wheeler weights around 80,000 pounds – about 16 times the weight of the average passenger car.
It doesn’t take much for a collision with an 80,000-pound truck to cause a serious injury – or even death. The force of the impact means that even an accident that would’ve been minor, if had it involved two passenger vehicles, can result in major destruction.
The force of a crash isn’t the only risk. Trucks are often loaded with potentially dangerous cargo, like gasoline and flammable liquids or chemicals and other hazardous materials. If this freight is disturbed in the collision, a truck accident fire could result – putting even more lives in jeopardy.
Truck Accident Causes
Sometimes you get hurt in a truck crash when your only mistake was being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Though you’re not fault for the accident, someone else was. And finding out who caused the collision, and how, is an important step to getting the money damages you deserve.
What causes truck accidents to happen? Often, motor vehicle crashes of all kinds can be traced back to one of two causes: driver errors or vehicle factors.
Truck Driver Errors
Whenever a driver takes a risk, breaks a traffic safety law, or ignores the right-of-way, that motorist puts everyone else on the road in harm’s way. A truck driver who follows traffic too closely, speeds, or makes last-minute lane changes is in danger of losing control.
Unfortunately, the lifestyle of a truck driver can encourage this unsafe behavior. Long hours, tight schedules, congested highways, and the temptation to speed are all part of the daily routine for most truck drivers.
Of course, it’s not always the truck driver who behaves recklessly behind the wheel. If your collision involved multiple other drivers, our NJ truck accident lawyers can investigate the crash to find out who’s really at fault – and to hold all parties responsible.
Carelessness is the main cause of truck accidents. But not all crashes are a result of carelessness on the part of the truck’s driver. Sometimes, instead, fault belongs to the one who owned and failed to maintain the vehicle. When commercial trucks make long-distance trips on a daily basis, their parts can suffer more wear than average in just a short time. Mechanical problems like brake failures and maintenance issues like dangerously worn-down tires can cause truck accidents.
There are other vehicle factors at play in a truck accident, as well. For one thing, these massive trucks have a blind spot the size of New Jersey – and that can increase the chances of a crash.
After all, visibility is key to preventing truck accidents. When the truck itself creates large gaps in the driver’s peripheral vision, getting stuck in a truck driver’s blind spot can have disastrous results.
Then there’s the fact that massive Mack trucks need more space – and more time – to safely stop once they see a potential obstacle in the roadway. Combine this vehicle factor with driver error, and the result can be shattering.
What Makes Truck Accidents Different from Other Motor Vehicle Crashes?
What’s the difference between a car accident and a commercial truck accident? If you thought the rules that apply motor vehicle crashes are the same no matter what kind of vehicle hits you, the insurance company isn’t likely to correct you.
A collision with a commercial vehicle can entitle you to more money – but to get it, you’ll need NJ truck accident attorneys who know the ins and outs of motor vehicle law.
More Insurance Coverage
When another driver causes an accident, the amount of money you can recover in a car accident claim is limited. That driver purchased a certain amount of auto insurance coverage – and their insurer won’t pay you more than the policy limits, no matter how much you deserve it. And on some policies, the coverage limits are so low that the victim is left with just a fraction of the compensation they really deserve.
But any truck used for business must carry commercial auto insurance. Commercial policies have higher coverage limits than the average passenger car auto insurance policy.
Commercial vehicles are usually covered by policies with $1,000,000 or more in liability coverage, according to the New Jersey Department of Banking and Insurance.
These higher policy limits mean you won’t have to worry about there not being enough coverage for your claim. And with our truck accident attorneys in NJ on your side, you can be sure that you’re getting every dollar you deserve.
Insurance Coverage Changes
If you’re like most New Jersey drivers, you may have made a choice in setting up your own auto insurance policy that could come back to haunt you if a crash occurs. All auto insurance policies in NJ require policyholders to choose a limitation on lawsuit option. That means what it sounds like – you get to make the choice regarding how much you want to limit your rights to pursue a claim.
If you want to hold onto your rights, you’ll pay a good deal more in insurance premiums to do so. That’s a main reason so many drivers choose the “verbal threshold” option – to save money. But when an accident occurs, you lose your right to pursue any compensation for pain and suffering unless you can prove that your injuries are permanent. That can be more difficult than you would think.
Since your injuries resulted from a crash with a commercial truck, not a private passenger vehicle, you don’t have to worry about this. No matter what choice you made on your own auto insurance policy, the verbal threshold does not apply when you were hit by a commercial vehicle.
Call us now and let us help with a free consultation!
Truck Accident Statistics
You’re not alone in being the victim of a horrible truck crash. Hundreds of thousands of truck accidents in the USA occur every year.
In 2014, the most recent year for which statistics are available, 111,000 people got hurt in collisions with large trucks, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) reported. Another 3,903 lost their lives. And nearly three-quarters of those injured or killed were occupants of the passenger car that was hit by the truck.
When it comes to two-vehicle collisions, 97 percent of truck accident deaths happened to the occupants of passenger vehicles, the Highway Loss Data Institute reported.
Truck Crashes in NJ
Whether you were the victim of a truck accident in Hamilton or Woolwich Township, Gloucester County or Essex County, on I-95 or a congested city street, you have legal rights. To protect those rights, you need a truck accident lawyer in NJ fighting for you.
Our attorneys have handled truck accident lawsuits throughout the state. We know the ins and outs of motor vehicle accident law from North Jersey to South Jersey, and we know what it takes to win a commercial truck crash case against a powerful company.
What Will a Truck Accident Lawyer in NJ Do for You?
Just as no two truck accidents are quite the same, no two victims will be affected in exactly the same ways. Your injuries and the ways they impact your life are unique. You have questions that need to be answered by a New Jersey truck accident lawyer who understands the details of your case.
When you choose Console and Associates P.C. to handle your truck crash claim, you’ll get the answers you’ve been looking for – and so much more. We have a lot of experience with truck accidents and know how difficult life after a truck accident can be. So we’ll go above and beyond to make things easier for you.
Just a few of the ways our NJ truck accident attorneys can help you include:
- Helping you understand your rights and the legal process so you know what to expect from your claim.
- Taking over interactions with the company that owns the commercial truck and its insurer, including all of the phone calls and paperwork.
- Assisting with any property damage claim, so you can get your damaged car fixed or your totaled car replaced sooner and with less hassle.
- Keeping your medical bills organized and under control. When our truck accident lawyers in New Jersey are on your side, you will never have to worry about whether your bills are getting paid. Our in-house Personal Injury Protection (PIP) department will take care of everything.
- Keeping up with what’s going on with your medical care. You won’t have to worry about getting your medical records – we’ll do it all. We can check in with your doctors and help you if anything, like billing issues or a financial hardship, is threatening to keep you from getting care. If you need help finding a doctor with experience treating injuries like yours, just let us know.
- Investigating your truck accident so we can prove that the commercial truck driver or business owner is at fault – and that you deserve full compensation.
- Using our insider knowledge of the insurance industry to make sure you never fall prey to the sneaky tactics used to deny or decrease claims. Whether it’s the other driver’s insurer trying to lowball your or your own auto insurance company denying the medical care you need, we’ll handle it.
- Building your case as strong as it can be so we can negotiate the settlement you deserve.
- Fighting for you in court, if that’s what it takes to win you maximum compensation.
- Wrapping up your claim, including negotiating down your outstanding medical bills so you can save thousands of dollars.
So how will we assist you? Call (856) 778-5500 today to find out.
Investigating a Truck Accident
What goes into investigating a truck crash? You might be surprised.
First we gather information, like the truck accident report filed with police. If there’s any video footage of the truck accident from a dash cam, we will request that evidence, too. We can also investigate the individual or company that owns the commercial truck to determine if it has a history of negligence. In one of our past truck accident cases, for example, we found that the company had received 14 citations for violating Federal Motor Vehicle Carrier Safety Regulations.
At Console & Associates P.C., our New Jersey truck accident lawyers make thoroughly investigating your case a priority from day one. We know that the more evidence we have to support your claim, the better positioned we are to recover every dollar of compensation available to you.
Pursuing a Truck Accident Lawsuit
Don’t let the prospect of suing a large corporation intimidate you. No matter how wealthy or influential that company may be, it’s not above the law – not when you have someone willing to stand up to the commercial vehicle’s owner, anyway.
Our truck accident attorneys in New Jersey are familiar with handling truck accident claims against a number of major companies, such as:
- Duie Pyle
- B. Hunt
- Republic Services waste disposal
- Ryder Systems, Inc.
- Sea Isle Ice
- United Van Lines
- US Foods
- Waste Management
- Yellow Roadway Corporation
Remember, your truck accident claim doesn’t have to mean a lot of hassle, time, or cost for you. We’ll handle every aspect of the case.
If You Don’t Win Your Truck Accident Case, You Don’t Pay
We know that a truck accident can be a big enough burden on your family’s finances as it is. When the medical bills are piling up and you’re out of work, the last thing you need is another expense. So we’ll make sure your case will never add to your financial difficulties by handling it without ever asking you to pay a single upfront cost.
We call this our No Fee Promise. What it means is that you can get legal representation with no risk. We’ll cover all of the upfront costs of investigating, filing, and supporting your claim.
If we’re not able to get money for you, you never have to pay us back for any of these costs or for our work. And if we win you compensation then you only pay a percentage of what we get for you. So you’ll never end up owing more in attorneys’ fees than you get for your claim. And we’ll help you keep your costs down, so you can hold onto more of your money.
Compensation for a Truck Accident Claim
Over our more than two decades of practicing personal injury law, our New Jersey truck accident lawyers have won millions of dollars for truck crash claims.
Disclaimer: Results may vary depending on your particular facts and legal circumstances.
Just a few of our successes handling cases like yours include:
- $115,000 for a passenger who suffered spine and facial injuries when in a collision with a large cargo truck.
- $125,000 for a driver who sustained herniated spinal discs when a commercial truck rear-ended the car.
- $215,000 for a passenger who suffered lifelong spine injuries when a tractor trailer making a wide turn hit the vehicle he was riding in.
- $275,000 for a driver who sustained a concussion and severe damage to her spinal discs when a flatbed Mack truck towing a paving machine veered suddenly into her path and struck her.
- $350,000 for a little girl who suffered permanent and disfiguring scars when a water delivery truck hit the car she was riding in head-on, catapulting a dislodged headlight through the windshield and directly into her face.
- $427,000 for a motorist who suffered numerous neck and back injuries when an out-of-control delivery truck turned directly into his path and struck his car.
- $450,000 for a pedestrian who lost a toe when a commercial truck blew through a red light and ran over his foot.
- $750,000 for a commercial truck driver who suffered permanent neck and wrist injuries when a tractor trailer struck his vehicle.
How much will your truck accident settlement amount or verdict add up to? With our NJ truck accident lawyers on your side, you can be sure that you’re getting maximum compensation.
Let Us Help You With Your Truck Accident Claim
Don’t attempt to handle a truck crash case on your own. If you do, you’re sure to leave money on the table – and your family needs that money to afford your medical care and get through the hardship after an accident.
Instead, put your case in our hands. We’ve practiced truck accident law for more than two decades and assisted thousands of clients with personal injury claims.
Don’t wait to get help. Call (856) 778-5500 now for your free consultation.