Law Office of Alexander Schachtel

Truck Accident

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Truck Accident Lawyers in Hoboken, NJ

Legal Representation for Truck Accident Victims

Tractor-trailers also referred to as semi-trucks, are a frequent presence on the roadways throughout New Jersey, New York, and the rest of the country. These vehicles transport the products we use and the food we eat each day, which is why these tractor-trailers are a crucial component of the United States economy. Although, because of their immense weight and size, these vehicles can be a lethal threat to anyone else on the road.

Have You Suffered an Injury from a Truck Accident?

If you have been injured or lost a loved one in a truck accident you may be entitled to compensation by the truck’s operator and owner. Keep in mind; obtaining a fair settlement from a big trucking corporation is no easy task. These large trucking companies retain extensive insurance policies, and those insurers make use of armies of attorneys in order to get injury victims to agree to smaller settlements. Don’t get taken advantage of! Instead, get an experienced truck accident attorney. For years, the legal team at the Law Office of Alexander Schachtel have protected truck accident victims from tractor-trailer companies and the insurers who represent them. For a free case evaluation with a truck accident lawyer, call the Law Office of Alexander Schachtel at (201) 925-0660.

Common Types of Truck Accidents

Turning Accidents

Since tractor-trailers are significantly larger than passenger vehicles, in order for them to make a turn, they are frequently forced to use two lanes. This can be dangerous for other vehicles nearby.

Jackknifing Accidents

This happens when the trailer of a commercial truck starts to move freely and swings out to either side of the truck pulling it. Jackknife accidents are often caused by slippery road conditions, improper braking technique, driving too fast for conditions, equipment failure, or taking a turn too fast.

Runaway Trailer Accidents

When the trailer and truck become detached from each other. In this situation a trailer can continue traveling uncontrollably, jeopardizing the safety of everyone in the area. Often, runaway trailer accidents are caused by hitch failure, improperly attached trailers, reckless driving, and slippery road conditions.

Underride Accidents

When a passenger vehicle goes under the trailer of a truck. These accidents are dangerous because they can separate the top of the passenger compartment from the rest of the vehicle. Federal law requires all trucks to have underride guards on their trailers in order to prevent underride accidents. However, in the United States, many underride guards used by tractor-trailers collapse upon impact. Furthermore, underride guards are ineffective if a car crashes into the front end of the truck. Contact our personal injury lawyers online or give us a Call at (201) 925-0660 if you were injured in a tractor-trailer collision.

Trucking Industry Rules and Regulations

While most tractor-trailer operators are licensed and highly trained professionals, there are still some in the trucking industry who try to get around FMCSA’s rules and regulations in order to increase their bottom line. This can be done in a variety of ways, such as:

Most of us have experienced the road shake while one of these huge trucks passes us on the highway. When you consider that a completely loaded truck can legally weigh up to 40 tons (80,000 lbs) it is no surprise that tractor-trailers make roads shake. Regulations regarding the trucking industry, such as limitations on weight, are directed by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). In addition, this government agency regulates how long an operator can drive during a shift, how many hours off an operator must have between shifts, how long an operator can drive during a shift, and other rules designed to maintain our safety on America’s roads.

Frequency Asked Questions

Answered by Truck Accident Lawyers
While seeking compensation for a truck-automobile accident, you may be able to hold various parties responsible along with the truck’s driver, such as:
  • The owner of the truck
  • The trucking company
  • The party charged with maintaining or repairing the truck
  • The party that loaded the truck
  • The manufacturer of the truck
  • The party responsible for the design and maintenance of the roadway
  • The manufacturer of a product of the tractor-trailer

Each party is responsible for the role they played in contributing to or causing a severe trucking accident, but it depends on your particular case as to who you can hold liable.

You can seek compensation for any of the following damages:

  • Property loss and damage
  • Current medical bills
  • Future medical bills related to the accident
  • Pain and suffering
  • Permanent injury or disability
  • Loss of a limb
  • Costs of rehabilitation and physical therapy
  • Lost wages from missed work
  • Loss of career or earning capacity
  • Reduced earning capacity
  • Household and vehicle modification to accommodate your injuries
  • Hedonic damages (loss of joy of life)
  • Mental anguish and emotional duress
  • Punitive damages

Your family may be awarded compensation for any of the subsequent damages in a wrongful death claim:

  • Pain and suffering of the departed before their death
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Medical bills
  • Property loss and damage
  • Loss of future income
  • Loss of love, affection, comfort, guidance, marital consortium, etc.
  • Loss of future benefits (including retirement benefits and medical benefits)
  • Loss of household duties the deceased regularly performed (such as accounting, vehicle and property maintenance, childcare, etc.)
  • Punitive damages

Is representation by a lawyer mandatory? No. But, is it necessary? Definitely. Unless you have spent years in the courtroom, litigating against powerful insurance companies, you won’t stand a chance. Truck accident wrongful death claims are complex and require knowledge, a strong will, and experience.

Areas We Serve

At the Law Office of Alexander Schachtel, we serve people throughout New Jersey and New York in a variety of legal matters. Our team consists of civil & commercial litigation attorneys and personal injury lawyers that can assist you with your legal issues anywhere in New Jersey and New York.

Let our experienced and dedicated legal advocates work for you. Get in touch with us today to discover how the attorneys at the Law Office of Alexander Schachtel can help you.

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Get the Compensation You Deserve after a Truck Accident

When a passenger vehicle, motorcycle, or pedestrian is in an accident involving a tractor-trailer, severe injuries and death can be the result. However, don’t expect the insurance companies to offer you a just settlement for your losses. They will try to get you to agree to a settlement that’s less than you deserve or deny your claim altogether. In order to obtain sufficient compensation for your losses, get a truck accident attorney who has experience dealing with trucking companies and their insurers. For years, the Law Office of Alexander Schachtel has helped truck accident victims avoid being taken advantage of by trucking and insurance companies. Let our legal team put their knowledge and skills behind your claim. Call (201) 925-0660 for a free consultation.