If a big rig driver caused your Newark, New Jersey, accident and you sustained injuries, you may be able to take legal action against the truck driver and their employer. You could hold them accountable for your injuries as well as other related losses and expenses. A Newark big rig lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to represent you and manage this process for you.
If you believe your accident occurred because of a careless or reckless trucker, or because there was a problem with the truck or trailer of the big rig, reach out to Morelli Law Firm for a free review of your case. We will determine if we believe you have a right to file a lawsuit and may offer to handle your truck accident case based on a contingency fee.
Call (212) 751-9800 now to get started.
Big Rig Truck Accidents and Respondeat Superior
The legal doctrine of respondeat superior may have a difficult-looking name, but it plays an important role in many big rig accident cases. This rule may allow our team to pursue damages from the truck driver’s employer rather than the individual truck driver following an incident, holding the employer vicariously liable. This means we file your insurance claim based on the employer’s larger corporate liability policy.
According to the New Jersey Supreme Court’s decision in Carter v. Reynolds, the trucking company or other corporation that employs the big rig driver who hit you may be responsible for your injuries and losses when:
- There is a “master-servant” relationship between the two, meaning the big rig driver is an employee at the company, and
- The accident occurred while the truck driver was acting within the scope of their employment, such as they are when driving the truck.
To this end, the insurance claims we file and the personal injury torts we pursue in any type of commercial vehicle accident in New Jersey are often against large corporations, trucking companies, or other businesses who own and/or operate big rigs.
To learn more about how this type of case works, call Morelli Law Firm today at (212) 751-9800. A member of your team will discuss your big rig accident in Newark with you for free.
Morelli Law Firm Helps Accident Victims Navigate the Claims Process
If you were a victim of a truck accident in Newark, elsewhere in Essex County, or anywhere in New York City, New York state up to Albany, Philadelphia, or on Long Island, Morelli Law Firm may be able to help. We generally review these cases for free to determine if we believe there is enough evidence to build a case and ensure you qualify to take legal action.
New Jersey auto insurance laws are complex, and drivers have the opportunity to pay less for insurance coverage if they give up the right to pursue pain and suffering damages and file a tort claim. This could limit your ability to hold the trucking company responsible unless you sustained a permanent injury, severe fracture, or another serious injury.
If we determine that you can take legal action in your case, a Newark big rig lawyer from Morelli Law Firm will offer to represent you throughout the claims process, settlement negotiations, and a civil trial in an Essex County court, if that becomes necessary.
Call Morelli Law Firm at (212) 751-9800 now to learn more.
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Damages Available in a Newark Big Rig Accident Settlement
While our team must collect evidence to show negligence and cause, we also need to prove the losses you suffered and the pain you endured as a result of your accident and the resulting injuries. We need to document your tangible losses and offer support to demonstrate your intangible losses before we can demand a payout to cover them.
The damages that may be available following a Newark truck accident, whether through an accident settlement or an award in the trial court, include current and future expenses and losses such as:
- Medical care expenses for your accident injuries.
- Lost wages, benefits, and reduced earning ability if you do not go back to your job.
- Repair or replacement of your damaged vehicle.
- Other damage to personal property.
- Expenses paid out of pocket but related to the accident.
- Pain and suffering.
- Mental anguish.
- Wrongful death damages for the death of a family member in the accident.
You Will Need to Act Quickly Because There Are Time Limits
At Morelli Law Firm, we need to go to work on your case as soon as possible after your injuries stabilize. We know what it takes to gather evidence and prove this type of case and how quickly evidence can disappear in the days and weeks following this type of accident. We need to act to ensure the trucking company or other liable party protects all the evidence in their possession during this period.
Under New Jersey Statute (NJ Stat) §2a:14-2, we have only two years from the accident to file a lawsuit if tort action becomes necessary. To meet this deadline, contact Morelli Law Firm about your case today.
Speak with a Member of the Morelli Law Firm Truck Accident Team
If you suffered injuries or lost a loved one in a truck accident in northern New Jersey, a Newark big rig lawyer from Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you navigate the system and secure the compensation you need to cover your accident-related expenses and losses, including pain and suffering and other non-economic losses.
You can reach a member of the Morelli Law Firm team now to discuss your case during a free initial consultation. We may be able to seek a payout for you with no upfront expenses.
Call (212) 751-9800 today to get started.