There is a world of difference between the size and weight of a massive tractor trailer and a regular car. Call (201) 944-9200 for a free consultation. Tractor trailer accidents frequently cause devastating personal injuries in car accidents:
- Brain injuries
- Broken bones
- Facial injuries
- Internal injuries
Even at a relatively slow speed, an 18 wheeler or big rig can seriously injure or kill the driver and/or passengers in a passenger vehicle.
Victims of these terrible accidents often have serious injuries that are draining physically, emotionally and financially. Many accident victims cannot work for months, or ever again.
Even if your auto and health insurance cover most of your medical costs after a truck accident, policy limits may kick in.
You may not receive suitable compensation for your injuries and losses. This is often the case where the accident victim is permanently disabled and can no longer work. The expense of long term medical care also is very high. How will you pay?
Fatal 18-Wheeler Accidents
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) states grim statistics: In 2006, 4321 people died in accidents with large trucks. More than 77,000 suffered injuries.
Commercial trucks weigh up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded. When you consider that a typical passenger vehicle weighs only 4,000 pounds, the odds of devastating injuries in truck accidents soar. Significant injury is common in these accidents, so trucking companies must carry insurance with high liability limits. Thus, it is not uncommon for truck accident lawsuits to settle at higher than average dollar amounts.
Commercial Vehicle Lawsuits
If you are hurt in a truck accident and the truck driver is responsible, you may be compensated for:
- Medical care
- Lost wages
- Future lost wages
- Nursing home care and domestic services
Also, you may receive compensation for:
- Physical pain and suffering
- Mental and emotional suffering
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of consortium, or inability to enjoy relations with your partner
- Punitive damages may be awarded in cases of extreme recklessness
Truck drivers have a commercial driver’s license, and if they are found negligent, they or their employer must compensate you fairly for your injuries and losses. Getting the maximum reward may require a personal injury attorney.
New Jersey Tractor Trailer Accident Attorney
Call (201) 944-9200 for a free consultation. Tractor trailer accident injuries are usually serious and very expensive. Insurance companies may be reluctant to pay. Or, they will pay you as little as possible. Our personal injury attorney can determine if the truck driver acted inappropriately and caused the accident.
For example, truck drivers often get in serious accidents due to:
- Driver fatigue
- Defective equipment
- Poor training
- Improper load
- Improper lighting
- Distracted driving
Please contact our legal office today for a complimentary review of your tractor trailer accident case. Remember: Our attorneys operate only on a contingency basis. This means that attorney fees are paid based upon a percentage of what is recovered from the case settlement or verdict.