Cherry Hill Truck Accident Lawyer – Tractor Trailer Accidents
We are experienced truck accident attorneys representing clients injured by negligent truckers and trucking companies in New Jersey. If you or a loved on has been involved in a truck accident in Cherry Hill or anywhere in New Jersey, contact Edith Pearce as soon as possible for a free consultation.
Tractor Trailer Accidents
The trucking industry is an indispensable part of the United States economy. Approximately 70 percent of the nation’s freight is transported by tractor-trailers. While truck drivers are required to follow strict guidelines to ensure their safety as well as the safety of others, thousands of people die in accidents involving tractor-trailers each year. Hundreds of thousands more are seriously injured and suffer permanent disability.
Although tractor-trailer accidents only account for approximately 12 percent of all traffic accidents, they are the deadliest type of accident. The typical tractor-trailer rig can weigh 20 to 30 times more than a passenger car and take 20 to 40 percent farther to stop. Because of the size disparity, the majority of tractor-trailer accident fatalities involve occupants of other vehicles, motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians.
Causes of Tractor-Trailer Accidents:
Driver negligence, including driving while distracted, driving under the influence, and failing to obey traffic laws, is a factor in many large truck accidents. Other common causes include:
- driver fatigue,
- defective vehicle parts,
- inadequate vehicle maintenance,
- a lack of proper vehicle safety equipment, and
- unsafe roadways.
Determining Fault in a New Jersey Tractor-Trailer Accident:
Depending on the cause of the accident, one or more parties may be liable for the injuries and damages. For example, an independent contractor driver will most likely be found liable if the accident was caused by excessive speed or other driver negligence. A trucking company may bear some liability if the driver is an employee of the company or if the company was putting undue pressure on the driver to deliver the load in an unreasonable amount of time. In cases involving defective equipment or faulty vehicle maintenance, liability may rest with the driver, the trucking company, the part manufacturer, or the maintenance company depending on the circumstances. A personal injury attorney with experience handling tractor-trailer accidents can help you determine who is at fault by collecting and analyzing all of the relevant evidence, including witness statements, police reports, driver logs, and vehicle maintenance records.
Damages in Tractor-Trailer Accidents:
Since injuries caused by tractor-trailer accidents can be particularly catastrophic and can result in lifelong disability, the law allows injury victims to receive compensation for their damages, including:
- loss of current and future income,
- pain and suffering, and
- current and future medical and rehabilitation expenses.
Contact a Cherry Hill Truck Accident Lawyer
Since large truck accidents typically involve multiple causative factors, complex facts, and multiple parties with teams of lawyers, it is important that accident victims have an advocate on their side to ensure that they get the compensation that they deserve. Our team of personal injury attorneys is committed to protecting the legal rights of accident victims. We investigate each client’s case thoroughly so that they receive just compensation from all relevant parties. If you or someone that you love has been injured in a tractor-trailer accident, contact our office today to discuss your legal options.