Whether you drive through Marlton daily for work or only on occasion, the day you were struck by a large truck on Marlton roads changed everything. Now you’re struggling with the consequences – from serious injuries to the financial harm of being out of work and overburdened with medical bills – of someone else’s negligent actions.
It doesn’t have to be this way. A Marlton truck accident lawyer can stand up for your rights, making sure you get the money you deserve and making your life a little easier in the meantime.
If you don’t know what to do following an accident with a commercial truck or tractor-trailer, you’re not alone. Most trucking accident victims in South Jersey don’t know what steps they need to take when or what are the biggest pitfalls they could face with their claim.
After you have been injured in a truck accident, here are the most important steps you need to take:
Marlton is part of South Jersey, the region of the state where cities are less populated and traffic generally lighter – but you wouldn’t know it from the congestion on the busiest local roads.
This census-designated place within Evesham Township may be under 3.5 square miles in size, but its proximity to Philadelphia (a 15-mile drive) and the numerous businesses in and around it make Marlton a hectic place to drive.
On congested routes like 70 and 73, as well as highways like I-295, the New Jersey Turnpike, and Route 38, trucks frequently make their way through Marlton. Serious auto accidents also happen on other roads in Evesham Township, including County 607, County 618, County 620, Cropwell Road, Kettle Run Road, and Troth Road.
And, when something goes wrong, these massive trucks turn into powerful and uncontrollable projectiles that can destroy smaller vehicles in the blink of an eye.
Fortunately for those injured in a tractor-trailer accident, there’s help available in Marlton, too.
In addition to Virtua West Jersey Hospital on Brick Road, Marlton is home to both a pediatric and an adult rehabilitation hospital. You could also seek treatment at any of the numerous other hospitals in Voorhees, Cherry Hill, Berlin, Mount Holly, Camden, and other nearby cities in South Jersey, or at an urgent care facility or private practice.
When it comes to protecting your legal rights after an accident, look no further. Our Marlton personal injury law firm is conveniently located at 1 Holtec Drive, #100 – right off of Route 73, down the street from the AMC 8 movie theater and the Greentree Square shopping center.
Here in our main office location, our Marlton NJ truck accident lawyers meet with clients in the Burlington County area and from across New Jersey. (And, if you’re not up to coming into our physical office with your injuries, don’t worry. We also offer a secure, convenient remote signup option and will walk you through the process of electronically filling out the forms to officially retain legal representation.)
With so many trucks passing through Burlington County roads, it’s no wonder that a variety of different types of truck accidents occur right here in Marlton.
What is considered a large truck? The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) generally considers any truck over 10,000 pounds – a Class 3 truck or higher – to be a “large truck” for crash reporting purposes.
However, an accident with a commercial truck of any size can have devastating consequences. Our personal injury attorneys have the experience to handle all kinds of truck accidents in Marlton, Burlington County, our neighboring counties, and throughout South Jersey.
Some of the different types of horrific truck accidents that occur too often in Marlton include:
Dealing with the devastation caused by a Marlton tractor-trailer accident can feel like an entirely different situation from a simple two-car accident. That’s because it is.
The most important differences between a truck accident and a car accident are:
If you’re wondering whether you have the grounds for a tractor-trailer accident injury case, these are the elements you need to consider:
To be able to sue a truck driver or other defendant for injuries in tractor-trailer accidents, you must show that that person was negligent. Generally, a party must have been negligent for you to hold them liable, or legally responsible, for the accident.
Negligence refers to the failure to meet some duty of care that the defendant had. Defendants in different roles might have different duties of care. A truck driver’s duty is to drive with appropriate caution and alertness. Trucking companies have a duty to inspect and maintain vehicles, hire qualified drivers, and comply with regulations. Manufacturers in the trucking industry must create parts that are free from dangerous defects.
The size of a truck – and its potential for causing destruction if an accident happens – makes it even more important that all parties involved in the industry meet their duty of care at all times. When they don’t and an accident results, they can be sued for the harmful consequences the truck wreck causes.
Collectively, these harmful consequences make up your damages, or the losses for which you are seeking compensation in a personal injury lawsuit.
Your truck accident damages can be economic or non-economic, including:
Although you’re the one living with the consequences of the accident every single day, you might not have thought – yet – about the future impact of these injuries on your life.
A Marlton, New Jersey, truck accident lawyer can draw from our experience and the specialized knowledge of expert witnesses to predict the economic costs and non-economic consequences of the accident on your future. This is how we get maximum compensation for people in Marlton and the surrounding areas in Burlington County.
Serious and catastrophic trucking accident injuries are common, including:
In the most severe instances – several thousand times per year, unfortunately – truck accident victims don’t survive their injuries.
Families who have lost a loved one to a trucking accident may pursue a wrongful death claim. This type of legal action provides more than compensation for the financial consequences of the loss – it can also bring to light answers about what happened and why.
The most common causes of truck accidents are:
Who can you sue for a commercial truck or tractor-trailer accident?
You don’t have to narrow down one defendant to blame for your New Jersey tractor-trailer accident. Often, commercial truck accident cases involve multiple defendants. Your attorney can pursue lawsuits against all at-fault parties in your claim, launching a thorough investigation to determine who was negligent and in which ways.
Determining all of the parties at fault for your large truck accident takes a meticulous investigation. A Burlington County truck accident lawyer can handle this for you.
How do you take on multiple corporate defendants in a court case? With help from Marlton trucking accident lawyers like the Console & Associates team.
Here are three reasons why you need a lawyer:
With our extensive knowledge of truck accident law and network of respected expert witnesses in the Marlton area, we know how to uncover logbook violations, prove improper truck maintenance, and unearth evidence of manufacturing defects. We’ll explore every avenue of liability.
By building your case as if for trial from day one, we’re setting you up for a successful resolution to your Marlton trucking accident claim. We’ll negotiate relentlessly to get you a settlement that covers the full extent of your damages. If we can’t reach a settlement, then we’re prepared to fight for you in court.
Do you think legal representation costs too much? You’re not alone. A lot of people buy into this myth – but what they don’t know is that Marlton truck accident lawyers like us offer no-win, no-fee representation.
Take advantage of our free consultation and find out what we can do for you.
Get your Marlton trucking accident case started with a free, no-obligation consultation. We’ll review the details of your claim and answer all of your questions, all at no cost to you.
If you feel that we’re the right fit, you can hire our Marlton truck accident attorneys on a no-win, no-fee basis, so there’s never a risk to pursue a claim.
Generally, the statute of limitations, or legal deadline to commence litigation, for a truck accident injury is two years. However, you need to act fast.
If you’re suing a government entity, you may have as little as 90 days to provide notice of your intent to pursue a claim. Further, trucking companies often attempt to hide or destroy evidence against them. If you don’t hire a lawyer to begin an investigation right away, the evidence you need to get the full amount of compensation available could be destroyed long before your attorney can get to it.
Personal injury lawyers in South Jersey handle claims on a contingency basis, or a no-win, no-fee basis. This means you only pay a percentage of what your lawyer gets for you, and only after your attorney succeeds in getting you compensation.
You’ll pay no hourly rates or monthly retainer fees for our services, just a fraction of what we ultimately get for you. In New Jersey, the typical contingency fee rate is 33 1/3 of the first $750,000 your lawyer gets you, decreasing on settlement values above that amount.
Remember, attorneys get their clients 3.5 times more money, on average, than claimants get without an attorney. The value a lawyer brings to your Marlton truck accident claim far exceeds the cost of attorneys’ fees.
Console and Associates, P.C.
1 Holtec Drive, #100
Marlton, NJ 08053
“I would highly recommend Console and Associates, PC for their expertise and quality of work for personal injury claims.” A. Corrado / Client