Collisions involving large commercial trucks often result in devasting, catastrophic injuries for occupants of passenger vehicles. Such significant injuries can affect every aspect of victims’ lives and leave them with temporary or permanent disabilities.
Even moderate injuries can create financial pressures in the form of medical expenses and lost wages that make moving forward extremely difficult. At Cuneo & Leonetti, we understand these difficulties and are here to help.
If you or a loved one have been seriously injured in a collision involving a commerical vehicle or truck, call our Cherry Hill truck accident lawyers at (856) 671-1703 for a free and confidential case evaluation.
Why Work WIth Cuneo & Leonetti?
After a serious injury, the attorney you hire is one of the most important decisions you will make. This is especially true in cases involving commercial trucks.
Commercial truck cases typically involve very serious injuries and are much more complex than those only involving typical passenger vehicles. To get the best outcome possible, it is incredibly important that your attorney have experience in trucking cases.
At Cuneo & Leonetti
- We have a reputation built on years of experience. Our legal team is proud to have secured over 6 million dollars in settlements for motor vehicle accidents, reflecting our unwavering commitment to our client’s rights and well-being.
- Our goal is always to seek maximum compensation for all our clients – the same goes for you or your loved one harmed in a Cherry Hill truck accident.
- Our attorneys possess a deep understanding of the law and regulations involved in commercial trucking accident cases, as well as the evidence available to build strong cases.
- We handle all truck accident cases on a contingency fee basis, meaning we charge no fees unless we win.
How Soon Should I Hire an Attorney After My Truck Accident?
More than any other type of accident, hiring an attorney as soon as possible is extremely important in truck accident cases. Why?
Trucking and insurance companies will immediately have investigators and adjustors on the scene. Their only purpose is to build a case against you and limit or eliminate their financial liability. Without conducting your own investigation, important evidence can be lost, altered, or destroyed.
An attorney can:
- Preserve important evidence from the scene, such as tire tread marks, driver logs, black box recordings, and video surveillance footage.
- Speak with eyewitnesses before their memories of the events fade.
- Protect your best interests and deal with the insurance claim process while you focus on recovering from your injuries.
And, if the insurance company refuses to deal with you fairly, your attorney can file a lawsuit and take them to court on your behalf.
Why Do Truck Drivers Get In Accidents?
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that 94% of all motor vehicle accidents occur to driver-related errors, not external circumstances.
Here are some common reasons a truck driver may cause an accident with another motorist:
- Speeding: a truck driver, to quickly arrive at their destination, exceeds the speed limit or the recommended speed for the vehicle’s weight, causing a crash.
- Taking A Curve Too Quickly: similar to speeding, a truck driver takes a curve too fast, thus causing one car or multiple cars to collide.
- Ignoring Traffic Signs and Signals: a rolled stop sign, an ignored traffic signal, overlooked turn signals or blinkers from other motorists can all contribute to decision-related errors, thus causing truck accidents.
- Abusing Drugs or Alcohol: some drivers, to give themselves an extra edge or to help them “relax” after a long day of driving, may use drugs and alcohol behind the wheel.
- Unsecured Trucking Cargo: if a truck driver, regardless of driving for business or pleasure, does not adequately secure the cargo in their bed or tractor-trailer, it could cause a motor vehicle accident.
- Inadequate Maintenance on Vehicle: if a truck driver or their parent company doesn’t perform adequate maintenance on the vehicle’s brakes, steering, or other components, this could cause the vehicle to fail, thus causing potential collisions with other vehicles.
- Distracted Driving: truck drivers engaging in distractions while behind the wheel, such as texting, using electronic devices, or eating significantly heightens the risk of accidents and poses a danger to fellow drivers
What Are My Next Steps After Getting In A New Jersey Truck Accident?
First, get a medical evaluation as soon as possible. You may need an ambulance for you and the other driver at the scene of the incident. Then, you should contact your trusted Cherry Hill truck accident legal team.
While it isn’t legally mandated to call the police after a truck accident, it is required to report the incident to the police or the closest police station if those involved are rendered unconscious or mentally unable to receive the information. Motorists can leave the scene to perform these duties as long as they return.
What Is Important To Understand About Legal Proceedings After Getting In A Truck Accident In New Jersey?
It’s important to consider all the legal elements that may impact your Cherry Hill truck accident case, including:
New Jersey Statute Of Limitations
Like other personal injury types, individuals typically have two years from the date of the accident to file a case, according to New Jersey Revised Statutes 2A:14-2 (2022).
If the victim died as the result of their truck accident injuries, then the executor of the estate has two years from their date of death to bring a case, as dictated by NJ Rev Stat § 2A:31-3 (2022).
New Jersey Modified Comparative Negligence
New Jersey is a modified comparative negligence state, which is also known as contributory negligence or fault. Essentially, this legal doctrine states that if a victim is 51% or more at fault for the incident, they will be ineligible to receive damages, as found in NJ Rev Stat § 2A:15-5.1 (2022).
If the victim is less at fault for the accident (but still played a role in why the accident occurred), then their damages will be reduced proportionally to the percentage of how at fault they were for the incident.
For example, a victim in an accident with a truck driver was found 25% at fault for their injuries. In that case, the victim will have their damages reduced by 25% and will likely have to pay that to the defendant.
Hold Negligent Truck Drivers Accountable By Working With Cuneo & Leonetti
Connect with our experienced truck accident lawyers today and schedule your free consultation to discuss your case. Book your appointment online or call (856) 671-1703 to get started.