New Jersey Truck Accident Lawyers

Truck Accident Attorneys

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With so many motorists relying on highways and city streets to get around—all it takes is just one tired, overworked truck driver for your life to change forever. 

In New Jersey, it's common for big rigs and passenger vehicles to share the same roads. And yet, tractor trailers pose a significant risk to others. 

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While you and your loved ones may be familiar with what to do after being involved in a car accident, getting into an accident with a large truck is a different story. 

Large truck accidents are more likely to cause devastating changes to your life. For this reason, if you or a loved one has experienced a serious injury following a trucking accident in New Jersey, contact the Rothenberg Law Firm to speak with a truck accident attorney right away.

With more than five decades of experience representing personal injury victims in New York, Philadelphia, and New Jersey, the legal team at The Rothenberg Law Firm can help you determine whether you can seek compensation and how much compensation you deserve. 

 

FAQS After a Truck Accident

What qualifies as a large truck accident?

Most commonly referred to as tractor-trailers, 18 wheelers, semi trucks, commercial trucks or big rigs—a large truck has a gross vehicle weight rating (GVWR) greater than 10,000 pounds. Only these types of trucks qualify as large trucks. 

Due to their extreme weight and size, large trucks take longer to completely stop and are more difficult to maneuver compared to a car. 

Accidents involving tractor trailers are more likely to result in increased property damage, more serious injuries, much larger medical bills and a greater chance of death than those involving only passenger vehicles. 

Truck Accident Statistics 

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), in the last decade, deaths in crashes involving large trucks rose by 36%. During the same period,the number of people killed in truck crashes in New Jersey grew 50%, to 78 in 2019 from 52 in 2010

More than 53,000 large trucks were involved in crashes that led to over 4,000 fatal injuries in 2015, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Over 4,700 people were killed in crashes involving large trucks in 2017. 

7 out of 10 people killed in crashes involving large trucks are occupants of other vehicles. Approximately 10% of people involved in motor vehicle accidents from a large truck crash are killed. Commercial trucks are also more likely to be involved in multiple-vehicle crashes than passenger vehicles.

Sadly, the FMCSA trend lines indicate a growing problem. Their research indicates that the number of motor vehicle accidents resulting in personal injuries has increased 62% between 2009 and 2015. The number of people who died in large truck crashes was 31% higher in 2019 than in 2009, when it was the lowest it has been since the collection of fatal crash data began in 1975. 

While there are guidelines and rules to protect truck drivers and motorists in passenger vehicles, the figures continually rise each year for NJ truck accidents. This problem will likely increase as industry insiders confirm that more trucks continue to ride U.S. highways and roads on a daily basis. 

What are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?

Poor equipment, improperly loaded cargo, poorly maintained trucks, and driver fatigue are the most common causes of trucking accidents. 

Truck drivers can also exhibit basic negligence that lead to tractor-trailer accidents. Distracted driving, impaired driving, speeding, driver error, lack of truck driving experience, improper lane changes, and a truck driver’s failure to see motorists around them when making turns can lead to crashes that require medical attention.

Trucking Regulations

Both federal and state regulations govern the safety of the trucks’ equipment and truck drivers’ hours. The FMCSA and the New Jersey Motor Vehicle Commission regulate commercial vehicles, including transport trucks. Both regulatory bodies set strict height and weight guidelines to ensure cargo is secure and risk is minimized on highways and city roads. Trucking companies are required to keep records of such information. 

Truck drivers are allowed by federal hours-of-service regulations to drive up to 11 hours at a stretch. However, incentives are often given by trucking companies to truck drivers for arriving earlier. This means they might compromise their safety and others on the road to meet these demands. 

When large trucks are involved in a collision or accident, they usually violate a regulation mandated by either state or federal law. Having an experienced New Jersey truck accident attorney review and investigate the cause(s) of your accident will give you a leg up in recovering maximum compensation in your potential truck accident case.

 

What to do following a trucking accident? 

After a large truck accident, you or your loved one will likely experience many emotions. The aftermath of the crash can feel confusing, scary, or uncertain. Although it is difficult to prepare for an accident, taking specific steps to prepare in case of an accident or emergency will help you handle an unexpected collision. 

  • Keep your cell phone charged, a notepad in your glove compartment, a first aid kit, bottled water, and other items that could help you right away.
  • Call 911 and seek medical attention. The most important thing for you to do is get the medical attention you or your loved one need!
  • Make sure the police are called to the scene and file an accident report if you are well enough to do so. 
  • If at all possible, take note of any damages or injuries. Take pictures with your phone. This is especially important if you are traveling with family or friends as multiple injuries and damages may result from the accident.
  • Record (on your phone or notepad) any details that may have played a role in the collision. This includes weather conditions, any witnesses, and other victims impacted by the truck accident. Exchange contact information such as names, phone numbers, email, license plates and any details that may help your case.
  • Contact a New Jersey truck accident lawyer

 

You may not have the opportunity to consult with an experienced New Jersey attorney immediately after your accident. However, any details that you’re able to record at the time of the accident will greatly help your case. And make sure to contact an attorney as soon as you are able to do so.

 

Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer? 

If you or a loved one are involved in a trucking accident, it's imperative that you reach out to a NJ personal injury attorney as soon as possible. In most cases, insurance adjusters and the trucking company’s attorney will arrive on the site of the accident once it has been reported to the police. They aim to protect the insurance and trucking company’s interests, which means you’ll need legal advice right after the crash.

Because truck drivers are often insured with insurance policies that can extend into the millions, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to identify all the different lines of insurance that are possibly involved in your particular personal injury case. The legal team at a personal injury law firm can help explain how the facts of your personal injury case might play out in negotiations with the trucking company and the insurance company. 

It is also important to have the help of a semi truck accident lawyer whenever you are hurt in a trucking accident. The impact and consequences of a commercial truck accident can lead to catastrophic injuries including burns, broken bones, spinal cord damage, lacerations, paralysis, and traumatic brain injury.

At times, these accidents are so severe that the accident victim does not survive. Wrongful death claims can be brought by an experienced attorney to help family members recover compensation for the loss of their loved ones.

Many law firms offer free consultations. During your initial consultation, you can learn whether or not filing a lawsuit is necessary for you to receive maximum compensation for your truck accident injury.

In the event that you or your loved one experience a truck accident injury in New Jersey, contact the New Jersey truck accident attorneys at the Rothenberg Law Firm today.

We offer a free consultation to all New Jersey truck accident victims and their families. Discussing a potential case comes with no cost to you as our experienced attorneys handle trucking accident cases on a contingent fee basis. This means, you do not pay anything unless and until we recover money for you. 

We dedicate ourselves to making sure that every call to our firm is answered or returned. Our firm is not a “mill” that takes on a volume of cases to settle whatever we can at minimal effort and expense. If we take on a case, it is because our experienced attorneys believe in it and our firm will invest the necessary effort and expense to seek justice for every injured client.

Why Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer? 

If you or a loved one are involved in a trucking accident, it's imperative that you reach out to a NJ personal injury attorney as soon as possible. In most cases, insurance adjusters and the trucking company’s attorney will arrive on the site of the accident once it has been reported to the police. They aim to protect the insurance and trucking company’s interests, which means you’ll need legal advice right after the crash.

Because truck drivers are often insured with insurance policies that can extend into the millions, it is important to consult with an experienced attorney to identify all the different lines of insurance that are possibly involved in your particular personal injury case. The legal team at a personal injury law firm can help explain how the facts of your personal injury case might play out in negotiations with the trucking company and the insurance company. 

It is also important to have the help of a semi truck accident lawyer whenever you are hurt in a trucking accident. The impact and consequences of a commercial truck accident can lead to catastrophic injuries including burns, broken bones, spinal cord damage, lacerations, paralysis, and traumatic brain injury.

At times, these accidents are so severe that the accident victim does not survive. Wrongful death claims can be brought by an experienced attorney to help family members recover compensation for the loss of their loved ones.

Many law firms offer free consultations. During your initial consultation, you can learn whether or not filing a lawsuit is necessary for you to receive maximum compensation for your truck accident injury.

In the event that you or your loved one experience a truck accident injury in New Jersey, contact the New Jersey truck accident attorneys at the Rothenberg Law Firm today.

We offer a free consultation to all New Jersey truck accident victims and their families. Discussing a potential case comes with no cost to you as our experienced attorneys handle trucking accident cases on a contingent fee basis. This means, you do not pay anything unless and until we recover money for you. 

We dedicate ourselves to making sure that every call to our firm is answered or returned. Our firm is not a “mill” that takes on a volume of cases to settle whatever we can at minimal effort and expense. If we take on a case, it is because our experienced attorneys believe in it and our firm will invest the necessary effort and expense to seek justice for every injured client.  

It's important to determine the number of parties who may be liable for the injuries or losses you or a loved one has endured. It is not uncommon for the parties involved to deny fault or liability for an accident.

We know that truck companies and their insurance providers will do everything in their power to minimize their payout after an accident. It can be tempting to think that the insurance company will take care of you. 

Unfortunately, it is not in any insurance company's best interest to pay you a lot of money. Remember—the insurance adjusters present on-site of your trucking accident aim to protect their interests first. This means you’ll need legal advice right after the crash to recover maximum compensation for all losses and damages incurred from the trucking accident.

In most instances, the following parties may be liable:

  • Truck driver
  • Truck company
  • Owner of the truck
  • Company leasing the truck
  • Company leasing the trailer
  • Shipper who wanted the load transported
  • Truck, trailer or parts manufacturer 
  • Broker who retained the operator of the truck

An experienced NJ truck accident lawyer can help you determine who, in addition to the above, is liable in your potential truck accident case.

It is important to be aware of the fact that a lawsuit must be filed before an applicable expiration date, known as a Statute of Limitations. Therefore,  please contact our experienced New Jersey truck accident attorneys right away so that you do not lose your rights to money and other benefits. 

 

What is My Truck Accident Case Worth?

When determining how much a case is worth, especially with commercial trucks, the law considers both economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages account for actual financial losses caused by the accident. These include hospital bills, treatments, and lost wages from missed days at work. 

It is impossible to make generalizations about the value of any personal injury case and potential payout with commercial vehicle insurance without knowing the details of the injuries and the manner in which the accident took place. This is why it's important to have an experienced truck accident attorney assess what damages you incurred from your large truck accident.

The law allows recovery for a wide range of situations, many of which may not be readily apparent to you and your loved ones. This includes past medical bills, future medical and rehabilitation costs, therapy, lost past wages, lost future income, pain and suffering, and more. An experienced personal injury attorney will fight to obtain maximum compensation for all of your damages—past, and future.

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Serious injury cases are not just business for us – they’re personal. When we take on a new client, we adopt them as part of our family, and we fight for them in every way possible.

That has been our motivating force in capturing hundreds of millions of dollars for clients we have represented during the past 50-plus years. It is also the reason we aspire to be the best personal injury firm in the country.

How to Get Legal Help from a Tractor-Trailer Accident Attorney

If you or a loved one has suffered an NJ truck accident injury or wrongful death as a result of a trucking accident, call The Rothenberg Law Firm LLP at 1-800-624-8888 or submit a free online case evaluation to speak with a personal injury lawyer. The initial consultation is FREE.

If we agree to handle your personal injury claim, there is no legal fee unless we are successful in getting you money. You don’t pay anything unless we win. 

Serious injury cases are not just business for us – they’re personal. 

When we take on a new client, we adopt them as part of our family, and we fight for them in every way possible. That has been our motivating force in capturing billions of dollars for clients we have represented for over 50 years. It is also the reason we aspire to be one of the best personal injury law firms in the country.

There is absolutely no fee to contact our office. Your initial consultation with our NJ truck accident lawyers is always FREE and we do not get paid unless and until we are successful in winning you money.

What Our Clients Say

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