A piece of trivia well known by New Jersey residents is that our state’s location (right between New York and Philadelphia) places us within a one-day drive to 40% of the United States population. What this means for the commercial trucking industry is that trucking is big business in and around New Jersey because of the ability to transport goods to 40% of the U.S. population via New Jersey highways. While this is excellent for trucking employment and the efficient transport of commercial goods in our area, it is not so great for our visitors and residents who are involved in accidents with these large commercial trucks that are known to result in severe and fatal injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a truck accident, contact our Atlantic City truck accident attorneys at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C. to schedule a consultation.
Truck accident injuries
Large trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds and they take a very long time to stop their vehicles in emergency situations. With good weather and good road conditions, a truck can take 6 seconds to stop in an emergency situation and they can travel the distance of two football fields within those 6 seconds. When road conditions are worse due to ice and snow, it can take even longer. For these reasons, truck accidents can result in devastating injuries including permanent impairment or death.
Do you really need an attorney?
Sometimes we are asked whether or not motor vehicle accident victims really need attorneys, especially when it seems clear that the truck driver was at fault. Our answer is emphatically, yes. No, it is not because we want the business; it is because we are all too familiar with insurance company settlement practices. See below for reasons that you need a truck accident attorney, even in cases where liability is clear.
- Insurance companies are hoping to settle your claim for much less than it is actually worth. Attorneys will look at your damages and injuries and often hire necessary medical professionals to evaluate your injuries in order to aid in valuing your case.
- Insurance companies may be trying to stop certain facts from being discovered such as its client’s violation of or noncompliance with truck industry rules and regulations. Exposing such violations and noncompliance could increase the insurance company’s exposure to liability.
- Insurance companies may play hardball with unrepresented parties who are not familiar with truck accident cases. They may point out some of the injured party’s alleged fault in the accident, make an offer, and say take it or leave it. This is a difficult proposal for injured parties who are not represented by attorneys and do not want to risk losing something in place of nothing. Attorneys will handle difficult insurance companies and will not be bullied by them.
- Should your settlement fall through, an attorney will handle every aspect of your case from interviewing witnesses, conducting investigations, drafting and filing court documents, hiring expert witnesses, and presenting your case to the jury.
If you or a loved one has sustained injuries in a truck accident, contact one of our Atlantic City truck accident attorneys to help you recover for the resulting injuries and damages that you and your family have sustained. Our truck accident team at The Law Offices of Greg Prosmushkin, P.C.will help you achieve the financial settlement or award that you and your family deserve.