Truck Accident Lawyers Who Fight For Justice
Semi trucks (or 18-wheelers) have to share the road with numerous other vehicles, most of which are much smaller and much less capable of withstanding the impact of a collision. When crashes happen, victims often end up with catastrophic or fatal injuries.
At Jacobs, Schwalbe & Petruzzelli, P.C., we are skilled at navigating the complexities of truck accident cases. Our award-winning lawyers have secured millions of dollars in results for our clients. Backed by more than four decades of experience, we are not afraid to oppose powerful companies in standing up for the injured and their families in these tragic cases. In addition to pursuing personal injury and wrongful death claims, we also handle workers’ compensation claims for those who were involved in semi-truck accidents while driving on the job.
Where And How Semi-Truck Crashes Happen
Pursuing compensation for these injuries and losses from trucking corporations can be intimidating. Semi-truck crashes or tractor-trailer accidents are often complex, and multiple parties may be involved – not just the semi-truck driver but also potentially their employer, the dispatcher, the mechanic or maintenance company, and even the manufacturer.
Semi-truck accidents happen across New Jersey, but they’re especially prevalent on major thoroughfares such as the New Jersey Turnpike, I-295, Route 73 or Route 70.
It often takes a detailed investigation to uncover what factors contributed to the accident. Common factors include:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk or intoxicated driving
- Driver fatigue
- Improper truck maintenance
- Unbalanced or unsecured loads or
- Violations of trucking safety regulations
Identifying these factors – and gathering the evidence to support them – is critical for holding the at-fault parties accountable.
Providing You With Answers
Our clients often have a lot of questions about their case, and we are here with the answers they are looking for. Before you come to our office for the guidance you need, we want to help answer some of the more common questions we get here:
Can A Trucking Company Be Liable For An Accident?
It is possible for a truck company to be liable for the injuries you received in your truck accident. Some examples of what makes a company liable include:
- Failing to train or properly ensure the education of their drivers
- Hiring a driver with a history of reckless or negligent driving
- Providing a driver with a defective truck or other components that caused the accident
We will take the time to review your case, uncover the unique factors of your case and determine who is ultimately liable for your injuries.
Can A Victim Earn Compensation For Lifelong Injuries After A Crash?
If the injuries you received in your truck accident are permanent and will alter the way you live, you deserve compensation that reflects the challenges of your new lifestyle. Catastrophic injuries come with both economic and noneconomic costs that can last a lifetime, such as continuous surgeries and medication, renovating or relocating to accommodate a disability, loss of earning potential from your injuries, loss of long-term relationships after an accident, pain and suffering from your injuries.
How Long Can You Wait To File A Claim?
Time is a critical factor in any personal injury claim. In New Jersey, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a claim for your injuries. While this may seem like plenty of time, it is important to file your claim as soon as possible. Evidence supporting your claim is typically easier to recover right after an accident, you will be better able to present the medical consequences of your injuries, and you can receive the compensation you deserve much sooner if you do not wait to file your claim.
Let Our Team Fight For You
After a devastating truck accident has turned your life upside down, you deserve clarity and guidance on the legal actions available to you. Our legal team can help. We provide compassionate legal services grounded in a proven track record of success in these complex, high-stakes cases.