Semi-trucks drive constantly on New Jersey roads delivering goods from across the nation. The drivers of these large vehicles take extra driving education courses before they’re allowed to drive, but accidents still happen. The people in the smaller vehicle rarely leave these accidents without injury.
Take heart. Morelli Law has truck accident lawyers in Paterson who can help you get justice. Truck drivers and their employers are required to carry insurance policies far greater than other drivers. The opportunity to get significant compensation is there and we can help you get it like we have for so many others.
Can I Sue the Truck Driver?
New Jersey insurance law gives drivers the choice of having the right to sue unconditionally or a limited right to sue along with PIP coverage. After your truck accident, your PIP coverage will take care of some bills, but going beyond that depends on your insurance.
If you have sustained a permanent injury, or if you’ve lost a loved one in the crash, you may be able to sue under the limited right to sue clause of your insurance. Documenting your injuries is important to claim this right, so please see a doctor as soon as possible after your accident for a diagnosis.
If you have purchased the unlimited right to sue option or if your injuries meet the serious injury standard, then we can proceed with a lawsuit. If this does not apply, your ability to get compensation will be limited, though we can still help you.
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What Our Semi-Truck Accident Lawyers in Paterson Will Do
Building a strong case involves a lot of tasks. All cases start with a free initial consultation to hear your story. We’ll explain your legal options and how strong your case is. Should you choose to proceed with us, we’ll do things for you like:
- Investigate all parties involved for fault and liability
- Gather evidence to show you’re owed compensation
- Compile all the costs of your claim so you get the full value
- Handle all communications with third parties
- Manage all the paperwork involved with processing a claim or filing a lawsuit
- Give you legal advice on what to do to protect yourself
- Negotiate with the insurers to reach a fair settlement offer
- Prepare to take your case to court if they will not settle
- Ensure the opposing party pays what they agreed
Semi-truck accidents leave victims with serious injuries, so you need serious injury representation. Our Paterson semi-truck accident lawyers have a long record of success. Let us fight for your right to get financial relief from those who harmed you.
You Must Act Quickly After Your Accident
New Jersey law states that you have two years to file a personal injury lawsuit after an accident. The same deadline applies if you’ve lost a loved one in one. After this deadline passes, the court will dismiss your case under the statute of limitations.
The statute of limitations protects people from having to fight cases after the evidence has disappeared or become untrustworthy. The court will remove your chance for compensation if you wait too long to file.
Starting your case as soon as possible gives your attorney time to build a case and negotiate with the insurers without the pressure of a deadline. Also, the sooner you start your case, the sooner you will get compensation if your case is successful!
What Happens if I’m Partially at Fault?
Insurance companies may try to pin some of the blame on you, especially if you try to file a claim on your own. If they’re successful, it will affect how much compensation you can get from your accident.
New Jersey uses comparative negligence to divide fault in cases. If you have partial responsibility, you can still collect damages. However, your percentage of fault will lower your compensation by that amount.
If you share 50% or more of the fault, then you cannot claim compensation at all. Rarely, this could mean that no one gets compensation if both parties are injured and a court declares them equally at fault. The best way to ensure you don’t get lower compensation because of this rule is hiring a semi-truck accident lawyer in Paterson that knows how to fight against these claims.
What Damages Can I Recover?
If you’ve been injured and you’re reading this, it’s likely that your bills are already piling up because you can’t work and need to pay for medical care. Start the process of collecting compensation today and you could recover damages from your semi-truck accident like:
- All medical expenses related to the crash, including future ones
- Lost wages from needing to take time off work to recover, including lost future earning capacity if you cannot return to work
- Property damage for your vehicle and items inside
- Pain and suffering, disfigurement, and other non-economic damages
If you’ve lost a loved one in a truck accident, then we can help you claim wrongful death damages as well. These cover funeral costs, medical expenses prior to death, lost income your loved one would have earned for your family, lost investment opportunities, loss of consortium, and other damages.
Calculating the full value of your damages is essential to give you justice. A Paterson semi-truck accident lawyer knows what to do to determine how much you’re eligible to receive.
Get a Free Consultation With Our Attorneys
If a semi-truck driver has injured you in a crash because of their negligence, you have the right to receive fair compensation. Reach out to Morelli Law Firm and hire a Paterson truck accident attorney. They will help you seek payment for the damages you’ve suffered.
To get started, call our offices or fill out our online request form. All case consultations are free and we work on contingency. You will owe us nothing unless you win your case. Find out your legal options and how much your case may be worth.