Fact Sheet About Truck Accidents
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) indicates that approximately 104,000 people were injured in truck accidents during 2012. NHTSA is a federal agency that collects and analyzes data related to the safety of the country’s highways and interstates. Some additional facts regarding truck accidents contained in NHTSA’s report on 2012 data include:
- Fatal collisions involving large trucks increased 4 percent between 2011 and 2012.
- The number of people injured in accidents involving large trucks increased by 18 percent between 2011 and 2012.
- Of these 104,000 injuries, 73 percent were occupants of other vehicles, 24 percent were occupants of large trucks, and 3 percent were nonoccupants.
A significant number of semi-truck accidents occur in Monmouth County each year, sometimes leaving victims with serious injuries that may result in significant losses. In many cases, New Jersey law allows these victims can bring a tort claim in order to recover for these losses. Because these claims can be extremely complicated, victims should be sure to discuss their options with an experienced lawyer before deciding how to proceed after an accident. Call our office today to schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers./p>
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These and the other injuries that Monmouth County truck accident victims can sustain may be devastating for them and their families. In some cases, victims may be unable to work again, making obtaining significant compensation a necessity to ensure that their basic needs are met.
Common Types of Injuries Caused by Truck Accidents
TRAUMATIC BRAIN INJURIES
Traumatic brain injuries are a type of injury to the brain that occurs when a blow or jolt to a person’s head causes a disruption in the normal functioning of the brain. When severe, TBIs can leave victims with long-term problems that may affect their ability to work and care for themselves.
SPINAL CORD INJURIES
These injuries occur when the spinal cord is damaged by some mechanical force. Injuries to the spinal column, or vertebrae, can put pressure on the spinal cord resulting in injury. Because the spinal cord is responsible for allowing the brain to communicate with the rest of the body, SCIs can be catastrophic.
Bone fractures occur when sufficient pressure is applied to a person’s body. They have the potential to leave victims with painful and unsightly injuries that may take years to properly heal.
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The skilled lawyers of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. have the skill and experienced required to get truck accident victims the maximum amount of compensation available to them by law. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, call our office today at 888-973-0072
Investigating Truck Accidents Requires Resources
Truck accident cases can be very complicated and often require extensive investigation prior to bringing a claim as well as throughout the case. In order to adequately investigate the circumstances surrounding a commercial truck accident, an attorney must have particular skills and resources at their disposal. For this reason, you always want to make sure that the attorney you retain works for a firm that has access to the resources needed to fully investigate a case.
For example, many different people or parties may be at fault in a truck accident and you must accurately identify the correct liable party or parties to prevail in your case. Some examples of possible liable parties include the truck driver, trucking company, truck manufacturer, government entity responsible for road maintenance, and more. Many parties can assist in identifying the liable parties including eyewitnesses, law enforcement officers and emergency workers on the scene of the accident, the truck driver and other employees of the trucking company, accident reconstruction specialists, and more.
In addition to people who play roles in the investigation, gathering the necessary evidence is extremely important in proving a claim. Evidence in a truck accident case can include photos of property damage to the vehicles involved, photos of the scene of the crime, any observations from others regarding the state of the truck driver at the time of the accidents, records from the trucking company, and much more. This evidence must be admitted in compliance with the legal rules governing evidence in order to be helpful in your case.
At the Monmouth County firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, PC, we know how complex a truck accident case can be and how much evidence may be necessary to prove your claim. We have the experience, knowledge, and resources to fully investigate your case, negotiate your claim, and represent you in court.
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