Pennsylvania and New Jersey Truck Accident Attorney

Stark & Stark’s Tractor Trailer Accident practice represents the victims of accidents involving tractor trailers and other commercial vehicles. Our experience with the laws governing the trucking industry can successfully assist you when taking on trucking companies after someone is seriously injured in a motor vehicle accident.

All too often, truck drivers are pressured to work extra long shifts and drive when they are far too fatigued to do so. Even worse, many drivers in this heavily regulated industry will falsify their log records, suggesting that they work fewer hours than they actually have. Crowded highways, overtired drivers, and massive tractor-trailers are a recipe for disaster, endangering the safety and welfare for safe drivers across this country.

Since 2009, there have been over 325 crash fatalities in New Jersey and over 650 crash fatalities in Pennsylvania involving large trucks. Trucking accidents represent one of the most significant dangers to the safety of drivers on the road today.

Trucking Accident Lawyer Services We Provide

The Stark & Stark Personal Injury attorneys will fight to recover all the benefits you deserve. As a result of our experience in representing clients in trucking and commercial vehicle accident matters, and through careful assessment and preparation, our personal injury lawyers help victim’s families obtain cash settlements for injury, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Sometimes these positive outcomes are achieved only by going to trial. However, in many cases our lawyers are able to obtain favorable settlements outside of the courtroom, making the experience less stressful for our clients.

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Trucking cases are very complex and are a critical area of litigation. The truck accident law firm of Stark & Stark has certified civil trial attorneys highly experienced to help you if you are involved in a trucking accident. For additional information, visit the Truck and Bus Accident Lawyers Blog.

Why Tractor Trailers Can Be Dangerous

Negligently operated tractor-trailers are an extreme hazard on the road, and accidents involving these colossal vehicles often lead to serious injury or death. The increased danger of tractor-trailers, also known as semi-trucks, is due to several factors, including:

  • Size – Tractor trailer can weigh up to 80,000 pounds, which is 16 times more than the average passenger car. The impact of a collision with a commercial truck of this size is can be catastrophic.
  • Poor Braking Ability – The average tractor-trailer needs approximately 350 feet to come to a stop from traveling at 60 miles per hour. This is more than the length of a football field.
  • Lack of Maneuverability – Truckers have a harder time avoiding hazards on the road such as accidents, debris, and out-of-control vehicles because a semi-truck needs more time and space to alter its course.
  • Dangerous Cargo – Many commercial trucks on the road transport flammable, explosive or otherwise hazardous cargo, which can turn a minor accident into a tragic event.
  • Full Loads – Many commercial trucks are filled with heavy full loads, making the vehicle hard to maneuver and even harder to slow in inclement weather.

Important Safety Tips for Automobile Drivers

  • Pay attention and treat trucks differently than cars.
  • Keep a safe distance and change lanes carefully.
  • Pass a truck quickly and pay full attention to reentering lanes.
  • Stay visible and anticipate low visibility of the truck driver.
  • Avoid driving in the truck’s blind spots.
  • Watch for the trucks turn signals as a driver may not see you and may turn in front of you.
  • Exercise additional caution in inclement weather and at night.
  • Use caution on entrance ramps and allow for plenty of space.
  • Avoid “road rage” against a truck and report dangerous truck driver behavior.
  • Try to expect the unexpected.

Frequently Asked Questions About Truck Accident Cases

Here are some questions and answers to help you better understand what’s involved in tractor trailer accident matters and important steps to follow to safeguard your safety and rights.

If I Get Into an Accident With a Tractor Trailer, Should I Call My Insurance Company?

If you or a loved one is involved in an accident with a tractor trailer, you should always notify your insurance company. We also recommend that you consult with a lawyer experienced in handling tractor trailer accidents. Negotiating directly with the trucking company or insurance company can lead to issues later on in the event a claim is made against the trucking company. Also, the trucking company may use something you said during negotiations against you later in the case. An experienced attorney in handling tractor trailer cases can help you with communications with the trucking and insurance companies, and also help you get the right medical treatment.

What Should I Do If a Truck Wreck Happens?

The most important thing is to document everything you can think of. Date, time of day, road conditions, amount of traffic, speed traveling, other vehicle behaviors, weather conditions, photographs of the crash scene, and any other information you can remember. Also, be sure to record any personal injuries, such as head and back pain, scratches, bruises, or fractures. Depending on the severity of the crash, medical records the day of and weeks following the event are very important.

Once the police and attorneys are involved, thorough investigation of a truck accident is vital to the success of any litigation which may follow. The investigation will be conducted quickly to insure that evidence such as skid markings, points of impact, and the tractor trailer are captured in their unaltered states. The investigation will also include obtaining important documents such as logbooks, maintenance records, driver history, and any records of improper driving or over driving fatigue from being on the road longer than recommended.

Are There Special Regulations That Govern Truckers and Trucking Companies?

There are both state and federal regulations which govern trucking companies and their truck drivers. Failure to follow these regulations when there is an accident can lead to a finding that the driver and trucking company were negligent or reckless in causing the accident. While many states have their own regulations concerning cabs, trucks, trailers, and commercial vehicles, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) applies to interstate traffic. The federal regulations cover various aspects of the trucking industry including hiring and supervising drivers, and vehicle maintenance.

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Princeton, NJ

993 Lenox Dr, Building 2
Lawrenceville, NJ 08648
Phone: 609.896.9060
Secondary phone: 800.535.3425
Fax: 609.896.0629
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Marlton, NJ

401 Rte 73 N, Building 40, Suite 130
Marlton, NJ 08053
Phone: 856.874.4443
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Yardley, PA

777 Township Line Road Suite 120
Yardley, PA 19067
Phone: 267.907.9600
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Morristown, NJ

222 Ridgedale Ave
Cedar Knolls, NJ 07927
Phone: 973.998.9683
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New York, NY

5 Pennsylvania Plaza 23rd Floor
New York, NY 10001
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Philadelphia, PA

The Bellevue 200 S Broad St #600
Philadelphia, PA 19102
Phone: 267.907.9600
Secondary phone: 800.535.3425
Fax: 215.564.6245
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