Proven Springfield, Truck Accident Injury Attorney
Helping Victims of Semi, Big Rig, 18-Wheeler and Tractor-Trailer Wrecks
Did you know that, under the law, a commercial truck can carry a load of up to 40 tons? That’s 80,000 pounds! Even the largest passenger vehicles weigh less than one tenth of that. Imagine the potential damage to your vehicle and the likely injury you’ll suffer in a minor collision with a big rig, semi, tractor-trailer, 18-wheeler or delivery truck.
When you’ve suffered any type of injury in a collision with a commercial truck, you want a lawyer who understands the challenges with establishing causation, as well as the types of injuries typically suffered. You want someone who has successfully helped others in similar circumstances. You want the Lee Law Firm, LLC.
Experienced Truck Accident Lawyers in Springfield, NJ
Attorney Edward Lee has aggressively fought for the rights of personal injury victims in New Jersey for more than three decades, including people who have been hurt in commercial trucking accidents. Ed is certified as a civil trial attorney by the New Jersey Supreme Court, a distinction he’s held since 2005. He’s been recognized among the “Top One Percent” by the National Association of Distinguished Counsel, as well as a New Jersey Super Lawyer. His clients have given him an Excellent rating with Avvo and he’s a Top Lawyer Lifetime Member of the Global Directory of Who’s Who.
There’s no charge or obligation for your first consultation.
Why Truck Accidents Are Different from Other Personal Injury Claims
Truck accident claims look very different from other motor vehicle accident cases and from other types of personal injury claims:
- Many of the causes of truck accidents are unique or different, typically requiring a more detailed investigation
- The injuries sustained are typically more serious
- Truck accident claims frequently have multiple defendants, including individual drivers, trucking companies and truck owners
- Because truckers are subject to more laws than other drivers, truck accidents are more likely to involve violation of driving laws
- Truckers are more likely to have insurance, so there’s a greater likelihood that you’ll be dealing with an insurance company
What Are the Common Causes of Truck Accidents?
There are factors related to trucks and to the trucking business that increase the risk of accident and injury:
- Driver fatigue—Most truckers are paid by the load, not by the hour. Accordingly, there’s an incentive to put more hours on the road. Though there are state and federal regulations limiting the amount of time on the road, these can be flouted or ignored, causing truckers to get behind the wheel without adequate rest.
- Distracted driving—This isn’t unique to truckers—looking at a handheld device, adjusting the stereo, talking to a passenger, eating or grooming behind the wheel or focusing on some roadside attraction. However, when you’re hauling 80,000 pounds in a rig that can be 40 feet long, it doesn’t take much distraction to cause a catastrophe.
- Substance abuse—According to some reports, up to a third of all long-distance truckers take some form of stimulant to either stay alert on the road or ease the stress. One in five drivers admitted to smoking marijuana and 3% said they had used cocaine. Whether it’s alcohol or drugs, they alter a driver’s reaction time and perceptions, increasing the risk of an accident.
- Failure to use reasonable caution—When under pressure to deliver a payload, drivers can drive at unsafe speeds, make dangerous lane changes or roll through a stop sign or traffic light. With substantial weight in the trailer, a trucker may not be able to safely brake in time to avoid an accident.
- Inadequate vehicle maintenance—Federal trucking regulations require daily inspections, as well as regularly maintained logs. This costs a driver both time and money, so it’s often ignored or falsified.
- Careless cargo loading—If goods are not properly loaded, a trailer can easily become unbalanced and highly susceptible to rollover
- Unfamiliarity with the roads—A driver may be unaware of sharp turns, narrow passageways or other factors that may make a particular route inherently dangerous
The Compensation You Can Expect in a Springfield Truck Accident Claim
In the aftermath of a truck accident, you have the right to pursue damages for all your losses, including:
- Any unearned wages resulting from your injuries
- Unreimbursed medical expenses arising out of the accident
- Physical and mental pain and suffering stemming from your injuries or the accident
- Your loss of enjoyment of life—the ability 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
The Lee Law Firm will help you pursue full and fair compensation for any injuries suffered in a commercial trucking accident, from soft-tissue trauma (which can often be the most debilitating) to serious and catastrophic loss, such as traumatic brain injury (TBI), spinal cord injury, paralysis, burns, broken bones, permanent scarring or disfigurement, or any loss of limb or amputation. We also represent surviving family members in wrongful death claims arising out of truck accidents.
Get In Touch with a Springfield 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.
The Lee Law Firm, LLC
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