Factsheet: Truck Accidents
According to data compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), more than 100,000 people were injured in accidents involving large trucks in 2012 alone. NHTSA, a part of the United States Department of Transportation, is tasked with collecting data on highway safety and writing and enforcing federal regulations designed at keep American roadways safer. Some other highlights from the 2012 large truck accident data amassed by NHTSA include:
- The number of fatal accidents increased by 4 percent between 2011 and 2012.
- The number of people injured in large truck accidents in 2012 was an 18 percent increase from 2011.
- Of the 104,000 total injuries caused by truck accidents, 73 percent of them were injuries to occupants of vehicles other than the truck involved, 3 percent were non-occupant, and 23 percent were the occupants of the trucks themselves.
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Like any other part of the Northeast, Red Bank, New Jersey sees it fair share of accidents involving semi-trucks.
In many cases, these accidents leave their victims with serious injuries that result in significant economic and non-economic losses. In many cases, New Jersey tort law allows people who are injured in truck accidents to recover these and other losses through a personal injury claim. Victims should keep in mind that these claims can be extremely complicated, so it is highly advisable for anyone who has been injured in a truck accident to retain an experienced attorney as soon as possible.
Common Injuries Sustained in Red Bank Car Accidents
Large trucks such as semis or tractor-trailers can weigh as much as 30 times as much the standard passenger vehicles with which they share the road. Additionally, they are significantly larger than passenger vehicles and have much more ground clearance. As a result, when they are involved in accidents, large truck can cause extremely serious damage and bodily injury to the occupants of other vehicles. Some of the more common injuries that people often sustain in accidents involving large trucks include:
Traumatic brain injuries
Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, are a type of injury that occurs when a bump or blow to the head results in a disruption in the way that the brain normally functions. In serious cases, a traumatic brain injury can leave victims with disabilities that keep them from living independently or being able to work.
Spinal cord injuries
Also known as an SCI, a spinal cord injury occurs when the spinal cord is damaged by some sort of external force. In many cases, injuries to the spinal cord occur when damage to the spinal column or vertebrae put pressure on the cord. Spinal cord injuries have the potential to leave victims with significant problems, including paralysis below the site of the injury.
When significant pressure is applied, bones have the potential to fracture. Broken bones can leave victims with issues with mobility, disfigurements, and scarring that could have a significant impact on a person’s self-esteem and psychological well-being.
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Of course, semi-truck accidents can cause other injuries as well, some of which can leave victims with serious medical conditions. When these injuries are particularly serious, victims may be unable to work to support themselves, making it extremely important for them to make sure they obtain the maximum amount of compensation possible.
Litigating Truck Accidents Often Requires Significant Resources
In truck accident cases in which liability is contested, it is often necessary to conduct significant investigation in order to collect evidence of negligence.
The types of evidence that can support a plaintiff’s case include photos of the aftermath of the accident, statements from people who may have witnessed the accident, vehicle maintenance records, as well as others. In order to be admissible, the evidence must meet certain legal requirements and court rules.
The truck accident lawyers of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. understand how complicated truck accidents cases can be and how important it is for victims to obtain the compensation they deserve. Our lawyers have the experience and skill required to secure each client we represent the full value of their claim.
Anyone who has been injured in a truck accident should call us to schedule a free, no-obligation consultation .To schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys, call the law firm of Cohen, Placitella & Roth, P.C. today at 888-572-7388. We will help you secure the compensation you deserve.
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