An accident with a commercial truck is never a minor incident. A tractor trailer weighs 80,000 pounds compared to the 4,000-pound weight of an average sized passenger car or vehicle. The U.S. Department of Transportation’s Fatality Analysis Reporting System (FARS) reports that approximately 500,000 truck accidents occur each year on American roadways and claimed the lives of nearly 4,000 people in 2014.
For those that survive a truck accident, injuries can be severe and require extensive surgery and rehabilitation with long recovery periods. Lost wages and costs of medical intervention and prescription medications can quickly devastate a victim’s financial health. The task of determining who is responsible for the accident and liable for injuries becomes a vital part of the accident investigation.
Many truck accident victims are surprised to learn that the liability insurance limits that commercial trucks must carry are often not large enough to cover the cost of severe injuries or fatalities. Most large trucks are only required to carry a $750,000 insurance liability limit, which does not go far for a victim or their family if injuries are severe, or if fatality results from the accident.
A thorough accident investigation is required to determine fault in a trucking accident. In some cases, the truck driver, the trucking company that owns the truck, and a third party can be held liable. The combined total of liability coverage will go further in compensating you for your injuries and losses. Many large trucking firms have legal teams prepared to battle claims or reduce the amount of compensation they pay out. These legal teams can make it difficult for the average person to fight for their rights which is why hiring a skilled truck accident to protect your rights lawyer is critical.
Causes of Truck Accidents
The Department of Transportation claims that a large majority of truck accidents happen because of drivers operating their rigs under the influence of alcohol, drugs, or medications. Long hours and road fatigue are also common causes for truck accidents. Sleep apnea is a common medical condition for truck drivers and creates a hazard on the road when a driver falls asleep at the wheel. Liability can be tricky to prove in these cases, but an experienced truck accident lawyer can gather pertinent evidence to support your case against an impaired or medically compromised truck driver.
New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP Help Victims Claim CompensationVictims of trucking accidents often suffer catastrophic injuries that can leave them and their families financially devastated. The New Jersey truck accident lawyers at Eichen Crutchlow Zaslow, LLP apply their knowledge and experience to help victims of truck accidents claim the maximum compensation that they are entitled. Call us at 732-777-0100 or contact us online to schedule a consultation today. Our offices are conveniently located in Red Bank, Toms River, and Edison, New Jersey, and we serve clients throughout the state.