If you have survived a truck accident, you should consider yourself lucky. The FMCSA reported that 72 percent of individuals killed in truck accidents were other automobile drivers.
If trucks do not drive carefully on the roads, several different types of accidents may occur. Here are the most common types of truck accidents that we have seen in our cases:
- Rear-end collisions
- T-bone accidents
- Sideswipe accidents
- Wide turn accidents
- Head-on collisions
Victims who survive these accidents usually experience injuries. These injuries are very serious and permanent and lead to life-long disabilities. A few examples of catastrophic injuries include:
- Skull and brain injuries
- Amputations and loss of limbs
- Spinal cord injuries
- Broken or fractured bones
- Damage to organs
Additionally, our team of legal professionals has seen many different truck accidents over the years that have occurred for different reasons. We think it is important to mention a few of the reasons below:
- Truck driver fatigue
- Weather issues
- Curvy roads
- Distracted driving
- Driving while intoxicated
- Heavy loads
- Truck driver’s inability to stop or control their large truck
As you can see, there are multiple reasons why a truck accident may occur, and there are several different types of severe injuries that a person can experience from these types of accidents. They are extremely dangerous, so truck and automobile drivers must respect each other on the road, share the road, and be cautious of one another.
Laws Surrounding Truck Driving in Texas
There have been laws put in place by the FMCSA for truck drivers in the United States. Truck drivers in the Lone Star State must follow this set of laws when driving on roads, highways, and interstates. The established regulations include the following:
- A truck driver must be 21 years of age and possess a commercial driver’s license (CDL).
- Truck drivers must pass medical exams every so often to ensure they are healthy and physically able to do their jobs.
- Truck drivers or their employers must have a minimum of $750,000 in liability insurance in case of an accident.
- All large trucks must be maintained and kept up to date before driving on the roads.
- Truckers can work up to 70 hours per week. They may go over this if given 34 hours of rest.
- They must receive a 30-minute break within the first 8 hours of their shift
Accidents may very well occur when these federal laws and regulations are not followed. If you have been involved in a truck accident and suspect that the trucker was not following the regulations mentioned above, you most likely will have a viable case, and our attorneys would be glad to speak with you about it.
Why Should You Hire an NJ Truck Accident Lawyer?
You should consider hiring an accident lawyer because these cases may become complicated. An experienced and well-informed attorney will break down all the steps for you and ensure that you fully comprehend everything happening with your legal case. If you know that your truck accident occurred due to someone else’s fault, your truck accident attorney will stand up for your rights and prove that the at-fault party was negligent. They will present all the facts and ensure that you are awarded appropriate compensation while you spend your time focusing on your recovery process. Ultimately, you will be glad that you hired a professional truck accident lawyer to handle the ins and outs of your case.
Compensation For Truck Accident Injuries in New Jersey
The victims of an 18 wheeler accident can recover compensation for their injuries. Compensation can be sought from the truck driver, the trucking company, the shipping company, the party responsible for loading the cargo, and even government entities. The damages you can seek compensation for include the following:
- Medical bills
- Renovation costs
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of companionship
- Lost wages (current and future)
Work with an accident attorney when injured in a truck accident.
Contact a Seasoned Accident Attorney at Varcadipane & Pinnisi, PC
Suppose you have recently been involved in a truck accident and need an injury attorney to represent you. In that case, Vacardipane & Pinnisi,PC will be happy to assist you. To begin the process, fill out our contact form, and one of our staff members will contact you to schedule a meeting.
Jeffrey W. Varcadipane is a Certified Civil Trial Attorney by the Supreme Court of the State of New Jersey; a designation given to less than five percent of civil litigation attorneys at Varcadipane & Pinnisi upon demonstrating an extensive record of trying civil matters to verdict and thereafter passing a rigorous written examination on civil practice.