Atlantic City is one of the most visited places in the Garden State. If you have visited this beach town that has become famous for its beaches and casinos you probably are familiar with the Atlantic City Expressway. Known locally as the “Expressway”, the Atlantic City Expressway is a 44-mile long toll roll that runs through three counties in Southern New Jersey. It also connects the Philadelphia Metropolitan area with Atlantic City and other New Jersey beaches. It is no wonder that this particular road is one of the most traveled roads in the state. Whenever there are a lot of cars on the road there are going to be accidents. In particular when there is a direct route more semi-trucks are likely to use that particular road. Unfortunately, when there is an accident involving a truck and a car it is very likely that there are going to be severe injuries.
The attorney’s of Reiff Law Firm’s The Truck Accident Team have over 100 years of combined award-winning experience in representing innocent victims who were catastrophically injured or killed in truck accidents. We are creative thinkers who know exactly where to look for the kind of evidence that can win complicated truck accident cases.
How does New Jersey Define Auto Negligence?
As in most states, liability in personal injuries claims comes from the theory of negligence. Negligence in New Jersey is defined as a failure to exercise in the degree of care for the safety of others, which a reasonably prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances. Negligence is a broad term under the law and may consist of doing an act, which the reasonably prudent person would not have done, or it may be the failure to do that which the reasonably prudent person would have done under the circumstances then existing.
When you are dealing with any personal injury claim you will often see and hear the term “reasonably prudent person.” This legal term is meant to create a fake person who is not the most cautious person nor is this fictitious person a person who is unusually bold, but rather a person of reasonable caution and prudence. This means that each driver who is involved in a car accident was required to exercise the foresight, the prudence and the caution which a reasonably prudent person would exercise under the same or similar circumstances. You must determine whether each party accident if the other driver conformed to or departed from the standard of care.
What is Comparative Negligence?
In automobile insurance, comparative negligence is a term used to indicate the degree of fault each individual involved in an accident contributes to the cause of the accident. In New Jersey, the insurance company investigates the accident and determines how much each individual or vehicle involved contributed to the accident occurring. If you are seeking reimbursement from your own insurance company under your collision coverage, comparative negligence does not apply. However, if you are pursuing a claim against the other driver, his or her insurance company will determine whether and to what extent that driver is at fault for the accident.
Time Limits for Personal Injury Lawsuits in Atlantic City
When you have been involved in an auto accident, particularly one involving a truck, you should be aware that you do not have an infinite amount of time to file your case. All states have laws called statutes of limitations. These laws provide a deadline for you to file your lawsuit. If you do not file your case before the time set forth in the statute of limitations, or after the statute of limitations has run, then you will generally be barred from bringing a lawsuit against the other drivers.
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases gives an injured person two years from the date of the injury to go to court and file a lawsuit against those responsible for the injury. This means that if you are injured in an accident you have two years to file a lawsuit against another driver. Many people wonder why it is so important to follow the statute of limitations. It is so important because if you miss filing your claim by even a day, the other driver may file a motion to have the case dismissed, and the court is very likely to grant their motion and your right to compensation will be lost.
What Factors Contribute to Truck Accidents on the Atlantic City Expressway?
There are several factors that can lead to a truck accident in New Jersey. Despite truck drivers being trained professionals they can make mistakes, which can result in accidents. The following factors have been noted to cause truck accidents in Atlantic City and on the Atlantic City Expressway:
- Fatigued and overworked trucker drivers
- Mechanical errors
- Sharp turns
- Falling asleep behind the wheel
- Driving under the influence
- Driver inexperience
If you are driving on the Atlantic City Expressway on your way to Atlantic City any of these factors may lead to an accident involving you and a tractor-trailer. If you have been involved in a truck accident you may be entitled to compensation including reimbursement for medical costs, property damage and for the pain and suffering following an injury or loss of a loved one.
What are the Most Common Injuries?
Although they can involve similar vehicle types, no two trucking accidents are the same. The unique and particularized circumstances and factors that produce an accident also create unique injuries and combinations of injuries. However, there are certain types of harms that occur more frequently than others. These include:
- Traumatic brain injury – A TBI can be particularly devastating because the brain is the control center of the human body. Damage or abnormalities in the brain can cause trouble with focus, alter your personality, cause increased aggression, make communication difficult, and cause issues with focus and attention.
- Burn injuries – Fuel or other hazardous chemicals may leak from the vehicles after an accident and ignite. Serious burn injuries or chemical burns can occur.
- Fractured bones – While seatbelts and airbags can often reduce the injuries suffered, they do not eliminate all injuries. Broken or fractured bones are still extremely common in truck accidents.
- Whiplash – Whiplash injuries are reported by many who are involved in serious accidents. When vehicles collide a series of forces is rapidly applied — forces that can cause shearing of muscle and nerve tissue resulting in nausea, headaches and problems with memory.
If you have suffered one of the above injuries in an accident or simply do not feel quite right, see a doctor or go to the emergency room immediately. Recovery from your injuries can often be greater if you receive treatment early and often.
Contact a Truck Accident attorney If you Were Injured on the Atlantic City Expressway
If you have been seriously injured by an unsafe truck or a careless or distracted commercial driver, you may have suffered serious injuries requiring substantial medical care and treatment. When facing these costs, it can be essential to hold the responsible party accountable for your injuries, rehabilitation costs, and other damages. To speak to one of the aggressive and determined lawyers of Reiff Law Firm, call (215) 246-9000 today or contact us online.