The Complexity of Truck Accidents
Posted October 13th, 2017 by Anthony Carbone, PC.
Categories: Auto Accidents.
There’s nothing more frightening than a truck flying past you on the highway. The sheer size and power of the vehicle are enough to give anyone nightmares. Can you imagine hitting one of those things in your tiny car? The damage to your vehicle alone can give you the willies, not to mention the injuries you will suffer.
If you do get into a truck accident, you may think that your car insurance will foot the bill and that would be the end of it. But in reality, truck accidents can be much more complicated than you realize.
Truck Accidents On the Rise
Unfortunately, truck accidents are on the rise. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Admission, there were 37,461 people killed in accidents involving tractor-trailers in 2016, a 5.6 percent increase over 2015 numbers. Last year also saw the highest amount of passenger vehicle occupant deaths since 2008.
Although safety programs have been put in place to lower the accident rate, the number of fatal accidents have been steadily increasing since 2012. But why? What would cause the climb? Various reasons include an increase in human error and the lessening of some federal trucking regulations can point to the increase.
But what can you do after such an accident?
The Difficulties Surrounding Truck Accidents
When you get into an accident with another car, your insurance will pay the bill thanks to New Jersey’s no fault laws. However, this is not the case when it comes to a truck accident. You will be able to sue multiple parties for your accident, no matter how minor the injury is. This means you can sue not only the truck driver but the company he works for and if the truck had experienced a malfunction at the time of the crash, the manufacturer of the truck.
But you have to watch out for the consequences. Usually, when there is a truck accident, the truck company will do anything to make sure your claim never reaches a courtroom. This may mean bullying you into agreeing to a settlement that is much less than what your case is worth. You may also have trouble securing the evidence you need to prove fault in the accident.
Contact an Experienced Truck Accident Lawyer Quickly
If you or a loved one gets into a truck accident in New Jersey, you’re going to need to get in touch with an aggressive truck accident lawyer as soon as possible. Attorney Anthony Carbone has been handling these types of cases for more than 30 years and is ready to take your call. Contact us today for a free consultation.