Were You Hurt in an Accident Involving a Truck?
- Dan T. Matrafajlo
- Fri Mar 2019
If you’re from anywhere in New Jersey, you’re accustomed to riding alongside trucks on the Turnpike or major roadways like Routes 1 & 9. However, just because you’re used to them doesn’t make them any less intimidating. After all, it’s not beyond reason that you could get badly hurt in an accident involving a truck.
All things considered, you could be the one driving a tractor-trailer that gets into an accident. If you’re lucky, you’ll be able to find your way out. However, there’s also the possibility that you could get trapped inside. This very scenario recently resulted in a fatality near Exit 14 on the Turnpike.
Hours later, further south on Route 9, a tanker truck crashed. Fortunately, it appears that the driver of that vehicle suffered only non-life-threatening injuries. Police shut down the highway to clean up over 3,000 gallons of fuel that leaked on the road.
When you’re a trucker injured in a crash, you need to know how your medical bills are paid. In most cases, you’ll need to make a workers’ compensation claim. Even if the accident was your fault, you should be able to receive these benefits:
- Payment for Authorized Medical Treatment
- Temporary Disability Benefits
- Partial or Permanent Disability Benefits
Trucks obviously come in a variety of sizes and are used for many purposes. When it comes down to it, it’s not just 18 wheelers or tanker trucks involved in truck accidents. You could be injured when your vehicle comes in contact with a dump truck or cement truck as well.
Bigger Truck: Bigger Accident
It somewhat stands to reason. The larger the truck, the bigger the chance for a more catastrophic accident. Meanwhile, the majority of big rig crashes also involve passenger vehicles.
First, it is absolutely a case of size mattering. When you’re riding in a regular sedan, your car weighs about 2.5 tons. Without cargo, tractor trailers are up to twenty times heavier. And, of course, many are much longer.
The size differential accounts for a few things. If you’re in a passenger vehicle, you may be able to quickly change lanes to avoid a collision. However, a big rig doesn’t have that same luxury. Meanwhile, it takes a semi-truck longer to stop.
A great deal longer, in fact. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration, a fully loaded truck might need the length of two football fields to come to a complete stop. And, that’s if the road conditions are good.
Put it all together, and you have a recipe for disaster – an overpowering vehicle that can’t stop. It’s no surprise that so many truck accidents result in serious injuries or fatalities.
Truck accidents often represent devastation. At the Law Offices of Beninato & Matrafajlo, we have decades of experience assisting injury victims. We can help you to pursue a claim whether you were the truck driver or someone else involved in the crash. Contact our office to learn more.