The attorneys at our New Jersey Truck Accident law Firm represent individuals who have been involved in truck accidents throughout the state of New Jersey.
Like motor vehicle accidents, a truck accident can cause serious personal injury or even death. However, because a truck is a larger and heavier vehicle than a passenger car, a truck accident may cause a greater amount of property damage and a greater degree of injury when compared to an ordinary motor vehicle accident.
In some instances, truck accidents may give rise to different types of claims compared to an ordinary motor vehicle accident. For instance, a truck which is being used by an employee of a company, may give rise to a suit not only against the employee operating the truck but also against the company that was employing the driver of the truck. This is a specific type of legal action or legal doctrine. The doctrine which holds that companies will be responsible for the accidents which their employees cause is known as respondent superior. Truck accidents can also occur in the context of road construction accidents. Additionally, the way in which a plaintiff would prosecute a trucking negligence accident case may be slightly different than that of an ordinary motor vehicle accident. Often times, truck drivers are required to have special licenses and comply with certain department of transportation regulations. If the driver failed to have a proper license or failed to observe all department of transportation regulations, and the drivers failure lead to an accident, the injured party may have a claim for the injuries they suffered.
Truck accidents also differ from motor vehicle accidents in the way in which a plaintiff has the ability to recover monies for personal injuries. When a motor vehicle accident occurs in the state of New Jersey, the injured party is often subject to a statute which is known as the verbal threshold or limitation on lawsuit statute. This statute says that an individual who has an automobile insurance policy which falls under this statute, will not be able to recover for personal injury unless the person suffered from the loss of a limb, a compound fracture, loss a fetus or suffered a permanent injury. However, in many truck accident cases, this limitation does not exist and therefore the plaintiff may be able to recover for any personal injury regardless of their severity.
If you or someone you know has been involved in a truck accident or a commercial vehicle accident, call the accident New Jersey truck accident attorneys at our firm. Our attorneys represent individuals who have been hurt in a truck accident in all New Jersey counties and cities.
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