Have you or a loved one been seriously injured in a truck accident? If the injuries you sustained were caused by the negligence or misconduct of another individual, business, or corporation, you may have grounds for a personal injury claim or lawsuit against the responsible party. To ensure that your rights are properly upheld, and your case is strong enough to win the compensation you deserve, your first step should be to consult with our legal team.
After evaluating your situation, our experienced legal team can advise you on your legal options. Our goal is help accident victims recover the monetary compensation that is needed now and into the future. You may be entitled to compensation for the following:
- Doctor and hospital visits and other medical expenses
- Essential services reimbursement
- Rehabilitative treatment
- Lost wages or earning capacity
- Loss of profits
- Future lost earnings
- Emotional trauma
- Loss of the enjoyment of life
- Pain and suffering
- Aggravation of a preexisting disability
- Future medical expenses
- Property damage
Truck Accidents in the U.S.
The U.S. Department of Transportation reports that approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur each year on U.S. roadways resulting in about 5,000 fatalities. These accidents involve the entire range of trucks from light trucks, such as pickup trucks and SUVs, to heavy trucks such as dump trucks, tractor trailers, and tankers to very heavy haulers and big rigs. Because of the size and weight of trucks, crashes involving trucks cause more damage, more severe injuries, a greater number of fatalities, and higher repair costs than auto accidents.
There are many possible causes of truck accidents. These include:
- Driver fatigue
- Driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Disobeying traffic laws
- Improper turning
- Reckless driving
- Improper training or lack of training
- Unsafe passing
- Improper cargo loading
- Equipment failure
- Adverse weather or road conditions
Types of Truck Accidents
Due to the size and weight of a typical tractor trailer, the damage a truck crash may cause is potentially devastating. Whether it is a matter of bad weather, speeding, poor road conditions, overloading, various issues with the driver, or improper maintenance of the trucks themselves, there are many types of potential truck accidents.
Any truck accident represents tremendous potential for damages and injuries. Common types of truck accidents include the following:
- Jackknife truck accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Head-on and rear-end collisions
- Underride truck accidents
- Blind spot accidents
- Lost load accidents
- Wide turn accidents
- Tire blowout
A truck accident can result in a wide range of injuries to the driver, passengers, and the occupants of other vehicles. Common injuries may include:
- Back Injury. Strains and sprains, herniated discs, and fractured vertebrae are all common injuries that can occur to the lower back during a truck accident.
- Neck Injury. This may include disc injury, cervical dislocation, whiplash, and neck strain.
- Head and Brain Injuries. These injuries are often the most debilitating of those sustained in truck accidents. They may range from a mild concussion to a traumatic brain injury (TBI).
- Spinal Cord Injuries. Bone fragments or disc material may bruise or tear into spinal cord tissue. This can result in the loss of feeling and function.
- Facial Injuries. Injury to the face often occurs during a truck accident, sometimes resulting in permanent disfiguration. The jaw and teeth may be affected, and restorative surgery may be required.
- Internal Injury. Due to the force of impact, internal injuries may occur even when damage is not immediately visible. Fractured ribs may puncture lungs or other organs. Damage can also occur to the spleen, bowels, liver, heart, or aorta.
- Burns. Victims may suffer from burns when a truck carrying flammable materials ignites.
- Injuries to the shoulders, arms, hands, legs, knees, and feet. These injuries can be caused by impact within the vehicle, or twisting/torque injury and often require surgical intervention. These injuries include fractures, ligament and tendon tears, and often involve implementation of permanent hardware
New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyers at Williams Cedar Represent Those Injured in Truck Accidents. David M. Cedar and Kevin Haverty are Certified by the Supreme Court of New Jersey as a Civil Trial Attorney
Persons injured in truck accidents may sustain catastrophic injuries that require long-term medical care. It is important to consult with an experienced New Jersey truck accident lawyer about the specifics of your particular accident case. Call Williams Cedar today in New Jersey at 856-470-9777, in Pennsylvania at 215-557-0099, or submit an online inquiry.