Results-Oriented Newark Truck Accident Injury Attorney

Knowledgeable Lawyers Handling Semi, Big Rig, 18-Wheeler and Tractor-Trailer Claims

Under federal trucking laws, an 18-wheeler can carry a payload of 80,000 pounds, or 40 tons. The heaviest passenger vehicle weighs less than 8,000 pounds. When the two collide, it’s no secret as to which one will sustain the most significant damage, and which parties will be likely to suffer the most serious injuries.

For these reasons and more, commercial truckers and trucking companies are heavily regulated. The unfortunate reality, though, is that many trucking concerns and many drivers ignore or intentionally flaunt the regulations, driven by the simple desire to make more money.

When you’ve been hurt in an accident involving a commercial truck, you want a lawyer who understands the unique challenges involved, who understands the requirements of state and federal regulations, and who knows how to deal with the difficulties of proving causation. You want an attorney who has successfully recovered compensation for other truck accident victims. You want the Lee Law Firm, LLC.

Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers in Newark, NJ

Attorney Edward Lee brings more than 30 years of experience to people in Newark and across New Jersey who have suffered any type of injury because of the negligence of another person, including men and women who have been hurt in accidents involving large commercial trucks. A proven trial advocate, Ed is certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court, a distinction he’s held for nearly 20 years. He’s listed among the “Top One Percent” in his profession by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel and has long been a New Jersey Super Lawyer. He carries an Excellent rating with Avvo and is a Top Lawyer Lifetime Member of the Global Directory of Who’s Who.

To more information about the ways we can help you get full and fair compensation after a large truck accident, send us an e-mail or call our offices in Newark at 973-275-8452.

There’s no charge or obligation for your first consultation.

How Do Truck Accident Claims Are Different from Other Personal Injury Lawsuits?

Truck accident claims have a number of unique characteristics that require the services of an experienced and knowledgeable attorney:

  • The causes of truck accidents are unique, different and often difficult to determine, requiring prior experience and, typically, a more extensive investigation
  • The injuries caused by a large truck accident are generally more serious and potentially catastrophic
  • Truck accident lawsuits commonly involve a number of defendants from individual truck drivers to trucking companies, truck owners and even manufacturers
  • Truckers must comply with more traffic laws than other drivers. As a result, truck accident claims are more likely to involve allegations of traffic infractions
  • The insurance requirements for truckers are more tightly controlled and regulated, so there’s a greater likelihood of involvement by an insurance company

What Factors Most Often Cause Truck Accidents?

There are a wide range of circumstances that can contribute to or cause a large commercial truck accident:

  • Driver fatigue—Because truckers are generally compensated by the load, rather than by the hour, there’s a powerful incentive to spend more time on the road. State and federal regulations limit drivers’ time on the road, but the regulations are often flouted or ignored, putting behind the wheel without adequate rest.
  • Substance abuse—Reliable estimates indicate that up to a third of all long-distance truckers take some form of controlled substance to either keep awake on the road or minimize their stress. In one survey, about 20% of drivers admitted to regularly smoking marijuana while working and 3% said they had used cocaine. Whether it’s alcohol or drugs, controlled substances can negatively affect a driver’s reaction time and perceptions, increasing the risk of an accident.
  • Distracted driving—It’s a national epidemic, but it’s not restricted to truck drivers. Whether it’s attending to or using a handheld device, dialing up the stereo, conversing with a passenger, eating, drinking or grooming behind the wheel or focusing on some roadside attraction, it takes the driver’s attention from the road. However, when you’re pulling 80,000 pounds in a vehicle that can be more than 40 feet long, taking your eyes from the road can quickly cause a catastrophe.
  • Failure to use reasonable caution—Too many truck drivers travel at unsafe speeds, make dangerous lane changes or roll through a stop sign or traffic light, all in the pursuit of more money. With substantial weight in the trailer, a trucker may not be able to safely brake in time to avoid an accident.
  • Inadequate or improper vehicle maintenance—According to federal trucking regulations, truckers are supposed to conduct daily inspections of their rigs and maintain accurate maintenance and inspection logs. Because this costs both time and money, it’s often ignored or falsified by drivers or trucking companies.
  • Negligent cargo loading—Many companies or truckers fail to pay necessary attention to how goods are loaded on a trailer, which can cause it to be unbalanced and susceptible to rollover
  • Unfamiliarity with the roads—Drivers taking roads or routes that are unfamiliar may be unaware of dangerous curves in the road, potentials for traffic congestion or backups, or even roads that may be too narrow to travel

What Types of Compensation Are Common in a Newark Truck Accident Injury Claim?

When you have suffered injury in a large truck accident, you have the right to pursue damages for all your losses, including:

  • Unearned wages or income resulting from your injuries
  • Unreimbursed medical expenses related to or caused by the accident
  • Physical and mental pain and suffering associated with your injuries or the accident
  • Your so-called “loss of enjoyment of life”—the inability to perform ordinary tasks of daily life or to engage in activities that you did before the accident
  • The loss of companionship or consortium caused by the accident, including intimate physical contact with others
  • Any property loss or damage caused by the accident

At the Lee Law Firm, we will work hard to help you seek full and fair compensation for any injuries suffered in a commercial trucking accident. That includes injury or loss involving soft-tissue trauma (which can often be the most debilitating), as well as serious and catastrophic loss, from traumatic brain injury (TBI) and spinal cord injury to paralysis, burns, broken bones, permanent scarring or disfigurement, or any loss of limb or amputation. We also handle accidental or wrongful death claims arising out of truck accidents.

Get In Touch with a Newark Truck Accident Attorney to Start Your Claim

Don’t waste another day worrying about how you’ll move forward after a truck accident. Call the Lee Law Firm at 973-315-9080 or contact us online to schedule a free initial consultation with the Lee Law Firm. We will visit you in your home or come to the hospital to meet with you, if necessary. Evening and weekend appointments can be arranged upon request. We take all major credit cards. Nosotros hablamos Español!

Don’t let your fears about the costs of effective legal counsel keep you from pursuing justice. We’ll handle your truck accident injury claim on a contingency basis. You won’t pay any attorney fees unless we recover compensation for your losses.

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