Trucks pose significant dangers to other motorists, especially when those motorists are in much smaller vehicles. Since trucks tend to be significantly larger than the standard motor vehicle, a truck accident can result in significant property damage and catastrophic injuries. In the worst cases, a truck accident can cause tragic loss of life: every year, thousands of people die in accidents involving large trucks.
Large trucks on NJ roads and highways are uniquely dangerous because the vehicles can be extremely difficult to control. Moreover, truck drivers need to be able to anticipate certain issues, such as a stalled car on the roadway, well in advance because it will probably take longer to bring the truck to a complete stop or swerve out of the way.
Large Trucks Can Cause Catastrophic Injuries
Another aspect of trucks that makes them particularly dangerous is that they are much larger than other motor vehicles. This means that a collision between a truck and a car will typically result in far more damage being done to the car. Worse than that, the injuries sustained by other motorists in a truck accident can be fatal. In fact, according to the US Department of Transportation, there are approximately 5,000 fatal accidents involving large trucks each year. While the truck driver might walk away relatively unscathed, the driver and passengers in the smaller vehicle involved in the collision could suffer devastating injuries such as traumatic brain damage, spinal cord damage, loss of limbs, paralysis or other catastrophic injuries.
Whether your truck accident was caused by a motorist who failed to react quickly enough on the roadway or by a truck driver who lost control of a commercial truck carrying cargo, your injuries, vehicle damage, and medical bills could be extensive. That’s why one of the first calls you make after getting proper medical treatment should be to an experienced NJ personal injury attorney.
Were you injured by a negligent truck driver in New Jersey? You should speak with the experienced NJ personal injury attorneys at Andres & Berger immediately. We will look at the details of your case and help you determine the next step. Contact our offices to get started today.
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