New Jersey Truck Accident Attorneys
Our Award-Winning Attorneys are Ready to Fight for Your Family
After a collision with a tractor-trailer or other large truck, you or your family is left reeling from the impact – physically, emotionally, and financially. As if this weren’t enough, holding a careless truck driver or negligent trucking company accountable for the accident is challenging and complex. Just after a terrible crash and its aftermath is the worst time to try to decipher complicated commercial vehicle laws. Your family is coping with life-changing injuries, or potentially with a tragedy you never could have expected. You need a competent professional to lift the burden of dealing with these complications – someone who will help you get justice, and the compensation your family deserves so that you can focus on moving forward.
With our 90-year’s of legal experience, Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari is the firm you can trust with your truck accident claim. Our attorneys have won hundreds of millions of dollars for clients in situations like yours all across New Jersey and routinely represent clients in every city and county in the state beyond our office locations in Chatham, Jersey City, Sea Girt and North Bergen.
Truck Accident Injuries
Collisions with 18-wheelers, semi-trucks, delivery trucks, and other large vehicles are uniquely dangerous due to the sheer force of the crash. These massive vehicles can weigh up to 80,000 pounds – or as much as 20 to 30 times what a passenger car weighs. It’s no wonder that truck accidents cause some of the most serious injuries a person can sustain.
The more severe an injury is, the more essential it is that you receive every dollar of compensation available to you. Every truck accident claim is unique, but our firm has particular experience winning maximum compensation for victims who have suffered injuries such as:
- Fractured and broken bones
- Spinal injuries
- Nerve damage
- Injuries and partial or full amputations of limbs
- Eye injuries resulting in loss of vision
- Ear injuries resulting in loss of hearing
- Head and brain injuries
Treatment to Expect After a Truck Accident Injury
When you’ve been hurt in a truck accident – or you’re anxiously and helplessly watching an injured loved one fighting to make progress – you realize that the road to recovery isn’t as straightforward as you would like. There are ups and downs, steps forward and steps backward, milestones you work hard to meet and unexpected obstacles that can leave you feeling discouraged.
Exactly what your recovery journey will look like is dependent on the type and severity of the injuries you suffered. You will work with your doctors and other medical providers to determine your individual treatment plan. Many of our past clients found improvement through medical procedures and therapies such as:
- Epidural injections for pain management
- Physical therapy
No matter which injuries you sustained in the collision, getting high-quality medical care will give you the very best chance at reaching your full potential for recovery.
Without a truck accident attorney on your side, you may find that affording the best medical help is a struggle. You may exhaust the insurance coverage available through your auto insurance policy (if you have it) or find that a medical insurance policy limits the doctors you can see and the amount of therapy you can receive. Hiring a truck accident lawyer with a long history of success can make all the difference.
Wrongful Death Truck Accident Claims
Unfortunately, some victims of truck accidents suffer injuries so severe that no amount of medical care can reverse them. If your family has lost a loved one to a truck collision, there are no words that can ease your pain, but there are actions that an advocate can take to help make financial and other situations easier.
Over the years, our attorneys have represented many families who have suffered a loss as a result of a truck accident. We have helped them get answers, which can sometimes help with getting closure. When the death of a loved one puts a financial strain on a family as well as an emotional one, we have been able to secure the money damages the family is entitled to. It’s true that no amount of money can ever replace what you have lost when a cherished family member is taken from you so suddenly, but removing that financial fear can help bereaved families in the wake of a tragedy.
The attorneys at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari handle fatal truck accident claims with the compassion grieving families need. Your loved one deserves justice, and you deserve support through this difficult time.
What Causes Truck Accidents?
It’s one of the most troubling questions families face after a serious truck accident: why?
Why did this happen? Why your family?
No one can tell you why your family was the one to be affected by this terrible collision. Even though you were cautious, you still found yourself in the path of a dangerous vehicle, through no fault of your own.
What we can tell you is that, from our decades of experience handling claims like yours, there are many reasons why truck accidents happen. Often, truck accident causes fit into several main categories:
- Driver error
- Mechanical malfunctions that result from improper vehicle maintenance
- Improper training and oversight of a driver
Truck accidents have such a capacity for causing catastrophic injuries that the U.S. Department of Transportation studies the phenomenon to better understand, and try to prevent these crashes.
Types of Truck Driver Negligence
Driver error is what causes most truck accidents. Truck drivers themselves aren’t always to blame. Sometimes the drivers of the passenger cars involved in the crash or other vehicles in the vicinity contribute to the chain of events. However, up to 20 percent of fatal truck crashes result from the large truck’s movement, according to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s report. Even more likely causes of truck accident deaths are other vehicles in or encroaching on the large truck’s lane. These huge vehicles often have trouble stopping or maneuvering in time to avoid these obstacles – a situation made even worse if truck drivers are speeding, tailgating, or driving while impaired.
Among the most dangerous activities truck drivers can engage in on the road include:
- Driving over the speed limit
- Failing to maintain a safe following distance
- Neglecting to adjust speed and following distance to account for poor weather and road conditions
- Driving under the influence of alcohol or prescription, over-the-counter, or recreational drugs
- Driving while distracted, which includes texting and driving
- Driving while fatigued or falling asleep at the wheel
- Aggressive driving behaviors, including changing lanes without appropriately checking blind spots or using turn signals
If you have been in a collision with a truck, you should know that it’s not uncommon for a truck driver to try to blame the victim, even if you did nothing wrong. Even if the trucking company is trying to say that you’re at fault, if you think the other part is to blame, it’s important to speak to a truck accident attorney before it’s too late.
What If a Mechanical Malfunction Is to Blame?
Suppose you know that the crash isn’t your fault – and the truck driver admits it. If he or she says that the brakes or steering failed or that some other malfunction caused the crash, you might fear that there’s nothing you can do.
Trucking companies must keep their vehicles in safe working order. Even if the driver didn’t make an error behind the wheel, he or she may have been negligent in examining the truck prior to taking it out on the road, or the trucking company itself may have cut corners in its maintenance practices.
Though rarer than a crash the results from driver error, this situation is complicated. You will need an experienced attorney to investigate this matter. The truck lawyers at Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari have the resources to
When Do Most Truck Accidents Occur?
Most deadly truck collisions happen at night. Crashes that occur between the hours of 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. made up 35 percent of all fatal truck accidents. Drivers often work long hours and may drive overnight without sufficient rest, which can make them a danger to themselves and others on the road. Weekday truck accidents are far more common than weekend ones, with 83 percent of fatal large truck accidents happening between Monday and Friday.
Where you are also affects your likelihood of being in a truck accident. More than half of fatal truck collisions happen in rural areas, and 27 percent of these crashes take place on Interstate highways.
It’s no surprise that the largest trucks – those weighing upwards of 33,000 pounds – are the deadliest. More than 70 percent of fatal truck accidents involve these massive vehicles, while collisions with smaller grades of trucks account for a much lower percentage of deaths.
The Types of Truck Accidents
Some of the types of truck accidents attorneys see most often include:
- Underride accidents
- Override accidents
- Rollover accidents
- Jackknife accidents
- Tire blowout trucking accidents
- Improperly loaded truck accidents
- Collisions with trucks parked illegally or blocking intersections
Collisions involving any large truck, including the following, can be serious:
- Tractor trailers
- Delivery trucks
- Moving trucks
- Tow trucks
- Garbage trucks
- Utility trucks
At first, you might not know what kind of truck was involved in the collision or exactly what happened, especially if the crash left you unconscious or if you’re trying to piece together your loved one’s experience. You don’t need to know all of the details to start getting help. Gathering and examining the evidence is part of your truck accident lawyer’s job.
What to Do After a Truck Accident
One of the first questions you have in the aftermath of the collision is, what do I do now? While the situation can certainly feel overwhelming, taking these easy steps can help you avoid the pitfalls that could affect your physical recovery and your personal injury claim.
- Report the accident
- Gather evidence
- See a doctor
- Speak to an attorney
Report the Accident
When you have been in a collision with a large truck, you should always report the crash to the authorities. If you aren’t able to make the call yourself due to injuries or because you simply feel shocked or panicked, ask someone at the scene to call 911 for you. It’s crucial that you document the crash.
Accident victims often face pushback from the other driver when they insist on calling the police. In truck accidents, in particular, the driver may face disciplinary action for his or her role in the crash, so he or she may try to talk you out of reporting it. Even if the damage does not seem severe, documenting the collision is the smart choice. Our firm has represented clients who suffered debilitating injuries in accidents that defendants tried to dismiss as “minimal impact,” so we know that an injury may be more severe than it seems at the moment of the crash.
Did you know that tractors and trailers are often owned by different companies with different insurers? If you are up to gathering evidence after a truck accident, make sure that you take down the license plate and insurance information for both parts of the tractor-trailer, not just one.
See a Doctor Right Away
It’s essential that you get medical care quickly after an accident occurs – for more reasons than you might think. If you have a very serious injury, waiting could put your life in danger. Even an injury that is not critical can become worse if you don’t seek treatment promptly, especially if you aggravate it. The sooner you get treatment, the sooner you can start feeling relief and working toward getting better.
Another reason to see a doctor early on if you suspect any damage from the crash is to document your injuries. Our firm has represented clients who waited to get medical care – and as a result of the delay, the defendant tried to argue that the injuries weren’t caused by the crash at all. Fortunately, our attorneys knew better and were able to prove otherwise in this case, but the longer you wait to see a doctor, the greater the risk to your claim as well as your health.
Speak to an Attorney
If you’re even considering whether you need a lawyer for a truck accident case, then it’s worth taking the time to speak with one. Most attorneys offer free consultations for personal injury matters, so it costs you nothing to talk to a lawyer about your situation and ask questions about the claims process.
When should you contact an attorney? Aside from calling the police and getting the urgent medical care you need, speaking to a lawyer should be one of your first priorities. While you have to notify your own insurance company of the crash, it’s often best for accident victims to get an attorney involved as soon as possible – before talking extensively with any of the insurance companies involved.
What if you already talked to the insurance companies or some time has already passed since the crash occurred? It’s not too late to reach out to a lawyer, but you should take this step as soon as possible. The longer you wait, the more you are risking. There are legal deadlines that restrict your right to pursue claims against truck drivers and trucking companies as well as obstacles that can arise if evidence gets lost.
Do I Need a Truck Accident Lawyer?
The injuries you suffer in a truck accident can complicate life in a lot of ways. While we can’t erase the consequences of the collision, we can help simplify things so that you have less to worry about.
Many accident victims worry about being out of work, but a truck accident attorney can seek compensation for the wages you lose because of your injuries.
Even though your quality of life is priceless, it’s certainly worth something. When the accident causes you pain and suffering and prevents you from doing the things you want to do, your lawyer can fight for compensation for these losses, too.
Sometimes just knowing that you aren’t alone in going through this scary situation is a relief. Our clients have said that the compassion and genuine caring that we showed them has helped them find peace of mind in difficult times.
When it comes to truck accidents, specifically, understanding commercial vehicle and accident law is a challenge when you don’t have a legal background yourself. We can determine who is liable, or legally at fault, for your truck accident and make sure you get the money you’re entitled to. Getting the full amount of money for your injuries is especially important because commercial vehicles often have insurance policies with higher limits, so there is likely more money available to compensate you.
How Much Does It Cost to Hire a Truck Accident Attorney?
When you’re already worrying about deductibles and copays, about replacing your car or being out of work, you may be wary of the expense of hiring a lawyer. Fortunately, lawyers for personal injury matters operate on a very different payment structure than lawyers for other matters, who may charge prohibitively high hourly rates and fees.
In a personal injury claim, your lawyer gets a percentage of the amount the firm recovers for you through a settlement, mediation, jury award, or other resolution to your claim. This means you won’t have to worry about paying anything upfront, and it also aligns your lawyer’s goal with your goal: to get the most money for your claim.
Why Choose Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari for Your Truck Accident Claim
We have helped clients who were injured in collisions with tractor-trailers, U-Haul trucks, delivery trucks, and utility trucks, whether on foot or on the road. Some of our clients were working at the time of the crash, while others were simply going about their lives.
When defendants tried to argue that the victim was at fault, our attorneys have been able to prove what really happened by examining the physical evidence, including the placement of vehicles and debris. When necessary, we have recreated and reconstructed accidents through models and illustrations. We have attained numerous million-dollar recoveries for the truck accident victims we represent.
Find out what we can do for you with a free case evaluation.