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Account for all expenses of a semitruck crash in your claim

Semitruck crashes can lead to significant injuries to the person in the vehicle that was struck. While it is sometimes possible to avoid these wrecks, there are some that will occur despite the best efforts of the driver to avoid being hit. If you suffered serious injuries when a big rig plowed into you, seeking compensation should probably at the top of your list of priorities. We know that there are a lot of things going on in your life right now, but we are here to help you with the legal aspects of your case.

There are many reasons for you to file a claim for compensation. One of the more obvious is to have your medical bills covered. These can be very expensive, and there isn't any reason for you to have to cover them if the crash was caused by the other driver.

Evaluate big-rig crash factors to determine the cause

Being involved in a semitruck crash is a traumatic experience for the people in the passenger car that was struck. The immediate priority is getting the medical care for the injuries they face. Once this is done, they might turn to building a case to seek compensation for the financial damages they are dealing with now. One factor that matters in these cases is the cause of the wreck. While it is possible for this to be a single cause, there is also a chance that there will be more than one reason for the accident.

You might automatically think about the actions of the trucker when you are trying to determine what happened. Sometimes, fatigue, distractions and other factors might mean that the trucker didn't operate the rig in a safe manner. This type of negligence is unacceptable, but the rig operator might not be the only liable party.

You have 2 years to file a claim for compensation

The way that a car wreck impacts your life can vary, depending on the type of injuries and their severity. It is imperative that you take the time to address these impacts quickly because there are time limits to how long you have to file a claim for compensation. In New Jersey, the statute of limitations only provides you with two years to get the claim filed.

We know that you have a lot on your plate right now. This makes it easy for you to allow that time to pass by but once this time expires, you can't do anything to get compensation. We are here to help you with this legal process so that you can place your focus on handling other aspects of the crash, like trying to heal.

Entryway safety in winter is important

The winter season is one that is filled with snowy weather. While this is beautiful, it can also lead to considerable dangers for people who are walking about. When there is snow on the sidewalks and in parking lots, people are going to track that moisture in on their shoes. This can be very dangerous if businesses don't take proper steps to control the water on the floors.

The entryways are a particular concern since this is the first point of contact for people coming in from outside. There should be controls in place to minimize the wetness and to warn customers to watch their step. Industrial blowers, entryway mats and "wet floor" signs can all help to control the situation. Without these, customers might fall and suffer injuries.

Why you should see a doctor after a car accident

When you are in a car accident, whether it just be a basic fender bender or a more serious crash, it can put both your body and mind on high alert. Car accidents are stressful and confusing. The moments after you may be wondering what happened and how you were put in this situation.

Because your body will most likely have a surge of adrenaline going through it, you may not immediately notice a serious injury you may have suffered. There are powerful chemicals in your body that under stressful and intense situations can mask symptoms of a serious injury for days and maybe even weeks afterwards.

Key statistics show the result of truck accidents

The ramifications of a truck accident can be catastrophic. Trucks weigh far more than passenger cars and drivers face unique driving challenges -- wide turns, blinds spots and long braking distances, just to name a few -- that can make things complicated.

To better understand the situation, take a look at a few key statistics about crashes:

  • The statistics from 2016 show that a total of 3,986 people passed away in semi-truck accidents.
  • Most of those people (66 percent) were in other vehicles.
  • Another 16 percent of the fatalities involved motorcyclists, bicyclists and pedestrians.
  • Another 17 percent of fatalities involved drivers and passengers in the trucks themselves.
  • When stopping, a truck needs about 20 to 40 percent more distance than a standard passenger car.
  • The above is largely due to weight, which can be 20 to 30 times higher than sedans and other passenger vehicles.
  • Between 2009 and 2016, the number of fatalities in these wrecks jumped by 27 percent.

Serious injuries after a wreck impact your entire life

Being involved in a car wreck is emotionally and physically difficult. In the days after the crash, you are likely going to be sore. You may notice that you are more anxious than normal. Slowly, your life is probably going to return to normal.

Of course, if you suffered a serious injury in the crash, this is going to take longer. We understand that recovering has to be your focus. We can help you with the legal aspects of your case.

Drunk driving deaths aren't high here, but numbers can improve

The holiday season is full of events that people of all ages can enjoy. Some of these are geared toward adults and involve consumption of alcoholic beverages. It is imperative that all drivers who drink alcohol get a sober ride home. Impaired drivers run the risk of causing accidents that can kill or injure innocent people.

Interestingly, New Jersey has a lower number of traffic accident fatalities caused by drunk drivers than the national average. While there are 3.3 deaths per 100,000 population in the nation as a whole, that rate here drops to only 1.8. Still, this is too high since these are all deaths that could be prevented if the drunk driver had just stayed off the road.

New year, new tax breakdown for divorces

As 2019 begins, many Americans will more directly see the effects of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA), which Congress passed in December 2017. These changes could be positive or negative when it comes time to file, depending on who you are.

One group of people who may notice a difference is divorcees. When your divorce was finalized will have an impact on your taxes.

Semitruck wrecks kill occupants of passenger vehicles

Commerce in this country relies heavily on the ability of truckers to transport goods to locations in every state. These commercial drivers need to take steps to ensure that they are operating their vehicles safely. When they don't, it is possible that other people on the roads will be hit by the big rig.

In the most recent data available, it was found that 97 percent of people who died in crashes involving a passenger vehicle and a semitruck were in the passenger vehicle. This shocking statistic shows just how important it is for truckers to drive safely.

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