Construction sites use heavy machinery for excavation, lifting loads, and much more. These machines must share the roads surrounding the site. If an operator of these machines makes a careless mistake, it can cause serious accidents. Some are fatal.
Our Passaic truck accident lawyers can help you with your compensation claim. Find out what your legal options are by contacting the Morelli Law Firm for a free case evaluation. You may be eligible to sue the construction company.
Can I Sue After a Construction Truck Accident?
Construction truck accidents are collisions involving any piece of heavy machinery used in construction that shares the roads. This includes specialty equipment like graders, trenchers, steamrollers, even cranes. In all these cases, you may be able to sue both the operator and construction company.
New Jersey’s insurance laws may limit whether or not you can sue. You may need to claim your PIP benefits first and meet certain requirements before you can sue for additional damages like pain and suffering.
If you suffered a permanent injury, loss of a body part, a displaced fracture, or disfigurement, you likely meet the requirements to sue in addition to collecting PIP. The same goes if you’ve lost a loved one to a construction truck accident.
Have You Been Injured In An Accident? Contact Morelli Law877-751-9800
How Do You Prove Liability in a Construction Accident Case?
Proving liability means showing that the other driver created a dangerous situation and caused your crash through careless or reckless action. We know how to build a strong case that will prove that the driver caused your injuries and that their employer shares liability for the harm you’ve suffered. To prove it, we will gather a lot of evidence to support your claim. This evidence can include:
- Accident reports
- Vehicle maintenance records
- Dash-cam video
- Drug tests
- Medical records
- Eyewitness reports
- And much more
To ensure we can access this evidence before it disappears, you must speak with our construction truck accident lawyers in Passaic as soon as you can. If we believe you have a case, our investigation team will get to work.
The insurance companies will also investigate what happened in order to reduce or disprove your claim. Fortunately, you do not have to speak with them at all once you have a lawyer. We will handle all communication with them for you and fight back against their claims.
Could Other Parties Be Liable?
Yes. If a truck loses control because of a shifting load or falling cargo, then the company that loaded the vehicle may be ultimately responsible for the accident. Another case is if a truck manufacturer or a repairperson caused a mechanical failure leading to the crash.
What Damages Could I Recover From My Construction Truck Accident Claim?
Based on the evidence we discover, we will seek compensation for your damages after your construction truck accident. These include both economic and non-economic damages. Some of the damages we may pursue include:
- Current and future medical costs
- Current and future lost wages
- Repair or replacement of your vehicle
- Any other out-of-pocket expenses related to the crash
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Other non-economic damages
If you lost a loved one from a construction truck accident, you may qualify for wrongful death benefits. These can pay for funeral and burial expenses, final medical bills, and more. Our Passaic construction truck accident attorneys will review your situation and tell you if you qualify.
There is also the possibility of punitive damages. If a construction truck driver was especially reckless, a court may decide they need to be financially punished for what they did. They will order the defendant to pay you additional money.
New Jersey caps the amount you can get from punitive damages to $350,000 or five times the amount of both economic and non-economic damages, whichever is greater. This cap can be lifted in rare circumstances, like if someone committed a crime in connection with your accident.
Will You Take a Large Fee?
Morelli Law’s personal injury attorneys do not charge any upfront fees, nor do they charge hourly fees. Instead, we’re paid through contingency fees. We only take a fee after you’re successful with your case, and we only get paid through your compensation.
The fee is a percentage of your winnings. That percentage depends on the complexity of your case and your chances of success. During your consultation, we’ll listen to what happened and look over any evidence you’ve brought, then explain our fees.
Since we take a percentage, the more you win the more we will take. If you only win a small amount, our fee will be smaller. And if you lose and get nothing, you will owe us nothing.
What Should I Do if I Was Injured on the Job?
If you are a construction worker and you were injured on the job in a construction truck accident, then your first task is to notify your employer you were hurt. This starts the workers’ compensation process. Our attorneys can help you with your claim form or represent you in a hearing if your claim is denied.
There is also a chance that the driver of the vehicle that struck you doesn’t work for your company. In this situation, you may be eligible to pursue both workers’ compensation benefits and sue the driver and their employer.
Workers’ compensation can cover many immediate costs of your accident, but it will not cover all the damages you’re eligible to receive. Don’t miss out on potential compensation. Speak with one of our experienced attorneys before you miss your opportunity to file a claim.
Contact Our Passaic Construction Truck Accident Lawyers
After a construction accident, you may face a mountain of pain and financial worry. Let us help you with the financial part of your injuries with a free case evaluation and consultation. Our lawyers only get paid if and when you win your case.
You have a limited amount of time to start your case before the court will no longer hear it, so don’t delay. Call Morelli Law to learn your legal options right away. We’ve helped our clients get over 1 billion dollars in compensation, and we can help you to. Call today.