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Truck accidents are nothing short of an epidemic on the roadways of America. It’s not because they’re a majority of accidents—in fact, they account for only about 3% of accidents on the road. But they are on the rise despite new legislation for safety and increased awareness of the problem. In fact, they’re 20% higher now than they were 20 years ago.

Over 150,000 people every year are seriously injured across the nation in these accidents, and the consequences of them are catastrophic. Learn why if you’re involved in an accident with a big rig, your best shot to regain control of your life is to work closely with a Paterson truck accident lawyer like the attorneys at Peter N. Davis & Associates, LLC.

Have You Been Hurt In A Big Truck Accident?

If you haven’t already, go see a doctor right away! You may be suffering from a more serious injury than you realize.

Medical professionals need to make sure you’re okay. If you delay medical attention, not only could your jeopardize your health, but the insurance company could claim that you were injured after the tractor-trailer accident.

It’s hard to believe an insurance adjuster would use these kinds of tactics, but the adjuster’s job is to save as much money as possible for the insurance company. The insurance company really doesn’t want to pay out on a claim at all.

What’s The Big Deal With Truck Accidents?

National Highway Transportation Safety Administration statistics show that one out of nine traffic deaths come from big truck collisions and 74% of those fatalities are occupants of the smaller vehicle.

It has been proven time and time again that sharing the road with 18-wheeled, 30-ton monster-sized commercial trucks is hazardous for people in passenger cars. With the enormous difference in size, any accident involving a big truck and a car can lead to very serious, often fatal, injuries to the car’s occupants.

Because of the more dangerous nature of these giant vehicles, laws regulate professional truck drivers’ training, certification and work habits, as well as tractor-trailer maintenance and travel logs. Still, too many truckers and their employers try to get around those laws. Some drivers stay at the wheel for too many hours without the legally defined break. Other truck drivers are careless or inexperienced and therefore fail to allow the additional distance required to stop a big truck – 20 to 40 percent more than a passenger vehicle. Also, truck drivers who text are more than 20 times more likely to get in an accident than non-distracted drivers. Fortunately, in early 2010, the federal government banned texting by commercial truck drivers.

Truck Accident Lawyers

For many years, Peter N. Davis has represented people in the Paterson, NJ, area who have been hurt in accidents involving big rigs. A commercial truck accident can destroy lives—even if you survive, you may be afflicted with catastrophic injuries that can last for the rest of your life. Your medical bills stack up while you’re just trying to make ends meet. You can’t work anymore, and you’re not sure what you’re going to do just to pay the bills next month.

That’s where Peter Davis comes in. As experienced Paterson truck accident lawyers, Peter N. Davis & Associates, LLC, have gotten significant compensation to cover victims’ medical bills, pain, and suffering, lost wages and compensation, damage to the quality of life, lost relationships, and even punitive damages.

Proving Fault in a Truck Accident

One of the hardest parts of pursuing a truck accident case is proving fault. The trucking company will blame the driver. The parts companies will blame the loading company. Nobody wants to step up and claim fault, and no insurance company wants to pay out.

It gets ever more complex because if the tires blow or the brakes go out, it could be the parts manufacturer or it could be the maintenance crew. If the cargo shifts and throws the truck out of balance it could be the shipping or loading company. If the driver is over-exhausted from meeting tight deadlines, if they are intoxicated or otherwise distracted, both they and the truck’s owner and/or trucking company might be at fault.

Knowing how to cut through the arguments, the buck-passing, and the denials of blame is what a good accident attorney does, and that’s why our law offices are here: to protect your rights, to make sure people remember you’re the victim, and to get you the compensation you deserve.

Get Someone On Your Side

There are so many issues to investigate after a big truck accident. You need a Paterson truck accident lawyer who you can trust to look out for your best interests and guide you through the many, many questions you, your family and your insurance company will have. A tractor-trailer accident doesn’t have to wreck your life. Our lawyers know how to take on big truck companies while you get your life back to normal.

The Law Offices of Peter N. Davis and Associates are Paterson truck accident lawyers and service communities such as Clifton, Newark, and Passaic. Our staff has more than 60 years of combined law experience and welcome personal injury cases related to car accidents, truck accidents, motorcycle accidents, workers’ compensation and premises liability. To schedule a consultation with one of our practicing attorneys, please give us a call at 973-279-7246 or complete our inquiry contact form.

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It will ultimately be up to the insurance companies to determine who was at fault for your accident. However, you may be able to help your attorney prove you were not at fault by taking pictures of the accident and your injuries, calling the police, and documenting contact information from any witnesses.

New Jersey operates under the doctrine of comparative negligence. This means you must be found less than 51 percent responsible for the accident in order to collect any compensation. If you are found to be partly responsible for your accident, your percentage of fault will likely be deducted from any settlement amount you’re entitled to receive.

Many people hesitate to seek help from an attorney after an accident because they’re afraid of the cost. At Peter N. Davis & Associates, we offer free case evaluations and work on a contingency-fee basis. This means it costs nothing to hire us, and we won’t get paid unless you do!

Depending on the cause of your accident, a number of parties can be found at fault, such as:

  • The trucking company
  • The owner of the truck
  • The manufacturing company
  • The company leasing the truck

Yes. To keep truck drivers and other motorists safe, a number of regulations have been established that truckers must adhere to. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, truckers can drive a maximum of 11 hours after 10 consecutive hours off the road. Additionally, truck drivers are not permitted to drive 60/70 hours on duty in 7 to 8 consecutive days. They must take a break of at least 34 consecutive hours.