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Somerset County Truck Accident Lawyers

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Trucks are the biggest thing on the road. And when those trucks are speeding or driving recklessly, on a breakneck schedule, they put other drivers’ lives at risk.

These dangers have had real-world consequences all across the US, and it seems to be getting worse.

In 2009, 3,147 people were killed because of accidents involving large trucks. In 2019, that number increased by more than 30 percent to 4,119.

If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck accident, you deserve to know the facts. Contact the skilled personal injury lawyers at Richard Hollawell to learn how our lawyers can help you make your case.

A Satellite County of New York City

Somerset’s position in north-central New Jersey puts it in the Greater New York metropolitan area — which means lots of commuters, both truck and car. 

And its status as the 11th-wealthiest county in the entire country means that more of its residents work in New York City than the New Jersey average.

The county is crisscrossed by major roads, including interstates I-78 and I-287. These are the roads that trucks drive on when catering to Somerset residents’ demands. With highway traffic fatalities reaching their greatest levels in more than a decade, these roads have often been the scene of tragedy.

This rise in highway deaths has been attributed to the following factors:

  • Greater average highway speeds
  • Less traffic on the roads in the pandemic era
  • Less routine traffic stops
  • Increased use of drugs and alcohol

Somerset County Is a Deer Accident Capital of New Jersey

Somerset County isn’t the largest in New Jersey, but its unique mix of wealth and long distances can pose some unusual dangers.

Much of Somerset was originally farmland and forest. These spread-out spaces are home to many deer. Deer crossings can cause accidents even for safe drivers — especially when the vehicle being driven is a large truck.

These were the top counties for deer crashes from October to December 2019:

  • Monmouth: 539
  • Burlington: 419
  • Somerset: 386
  • Morris: 352
  • Hunterdon: 339  

In addition, Somerset’s Franklin Township ranked the fourth-highest in the state for deer-involved accidents.

In a study conducted by the State Farm insurance company, New Jersey motorists had a 1 in 173 chance of colliding with an animal.

The Most Common Injuries Sustained in Truck Accidents

Truck crash injuries can come in many forms. Some of the most common injuries we see include the following:  

  • Brain and Head Injuries. Head injuries are one of the most common results of truck accidents.
  • Chest and Abdominal Injuries. Vital internal organs like the heart, liver, and kidneys may also be impacted in a truck crash.
  • Knee and Leg Injuries. The sudden impacts of truck crashes often affect the lower body through joint damage and broken bones.
  • Neck Injuries. The neck connects the brain and body — injuries here can be frightening and debilitating. They can trigger paralysis, chronic pain, incontinence, emotional disorders, and much more.
  • Rollover Injuries. When a truck rolls over, it’s much more likely to cause harm. 
  • Tire Blowout Injuries. Tire blowouts can result in unpredictable injuries. These accidents can have complicated liability.
  • Whiplash. Whiplash is a neck injury caused by a sudden snapping motion during a crash. The soft tissue in the neck tears and swells in the accident, though it may go undetected.

    Sorting Out Truck Accident Liability

    Sorting out liability for a trucking accident quickly becomes complicated. There are several different parties that could be responsible for the crash — which equals many different people or entities to bring a lawsuit against. 

    A commercial trucking accident lawsuit could involve:

    • The truck driver 
    • The driver’s employer
    • The trucking company
    • The manufacturer of the truck
    • Manufacturer of the truck’s tires
    • Sub-contractors

    When to Contact Our Experienced Car Accident Attorneys

    If you or a loved one were involved in a truck accident, time is of the essence. Pursuing legal action and compensation is a complex task that you’ll likely need an expert accident lawyer to help navigate.

    The statute of limitations in most New Jersey cases is two years.

    Contact the lawyers at Richard Hollawell today at 1-800-681-3550, or fill out our contact form. We will start looking into your case immediately.

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