Interstate 95 is a major interstate highway, which stretches nearly the whole length of the East Coast. This road also passes through the Garden State stretching almost one hundred miles from I-276 on the Delaware River-Turnpike Toll Bridge in Florence Township up to I-95 on the George Washington Bridge in Fort Lee. This road covers multiple counties and regions in New Jersey and at times can run with the New Jersey turnpike. At points I-95 in New Jersey features twelve lanes including six inner lanes, which are exclusively reserved for cars, and six outer lanes, which are reserved for trucks and busses. Because this road is so heavily traveled and because it spans almost the entire east coast, this road is very popular with truck drivers. However, with increasing travel and all the dangers of the road accidents are fairly common on this major highway in New Jersey.
If you have been involved in a serious commercial truck accident with an 18-wheeler or another type of commercial truck, you may be entitled to certain damages under New Jersey Law. Commercial trucks large size and significant weight often mean that the injuries inflicted are significantly worse than those typically suffered in other accidents. The truck accident injury lawyers of Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential consultation call (800) 896-6173 or contact us online today.
What are the Types of Injuries seen in Truck Accidents?
A fully loaded tractor-trailer can weigh over 80,000 pounds. When you take into account that I-95 is a major highway with speeds that can exceed 60 miles an hour there is the very real danger that any crash will result in severe accidents. Each and every car accident is the result of a unique combination of speeds, vehicles, drivers, road conditions, weather conditions and more. While it is impossible to predict the exact nature and severity of injuries an accident will produce, some injuries are more likely to occur than others. Some of the most common injuries that drivers experience in a car accident include:
- Traumatic brain injuries– A TBI is potentially one of the most devastating injuries that a person can face and often results in life changing injuries. Injuries to the brain can affect, impair, or destroy the functioning of all other bodily systems and functions. If you have suffered a TBI your life is likely never going to be the same. You may find that the things that you used to do and enjoy are now impossible to do after a traumatic brain injury. They can also lead to problems with memory, focus, attention, and other skills that allow you to be productive at work or at home. Furthermore, they can cause communication difficulties and impair the processing of information.
- Whiplash – You are probably familiar with whiplash. This is, in fact, one of the most common injuries that happen as a result of a truck accident. Whiplash can cause severe nausea or confusion and intense pain in your neck and upper back. Others may report severe neck or back pain. In any case, a whiplash injury is one that is caused by the rapidly cycling forces of acceleration and deceleration. These forces cause shearing and tearing of nerve and muscle tissue resulting in whiplash signs and symptoms
- Spinal column/cord injuries – Like any injury that is a result of a truck accident, spinal column injuries to the spinal column, vertebrae, or any of the nerves that run through the spinal column, can result in severe pain and suffering and expensive surgery. Because the spinal cord is an essential part of mobility any damage to this area of the body can result in paralysis, which can severely limit your ability to work and negatively affect your life.
- Broken bones – There are over 200 bones in the body all of which have the potential or breaking. Broken bones can range in severity from a broken finger that does not require much medical care to compound broken fractures, which can require expensive and painful surgery. However, no matter the injury you may find that if you are in an accident involving a truck you will likely have a few broken bones which can affect your ability to work and cause you to incur medical bills.
Unfortunately, these injuries merely represent those that are most common. Many other injuries can and do occur as the result of driver negligence, carelessness, and recklessness.
What is a Truck’s “No-Zone”?
Many people assume that because a truck sits higher on the road and the truck driver has an elevated perspective of the road, that they are able to see more on the road as compared to a passenger vehicle. However, this is not the case. In fact, there are several areas of the road that a truck driver cannot see because of the length and height of the vehicle. These areas are known as the No-zone areas. Generally, the areas behind and beside a commercial truck, where the truck driver has limited or zero visibility: the left rear quarter, the right rear quarter, and directly behind the truck are the no-zone areas. Additionally, there is a zone in front of the truck where the driver is not able to see you and your car.
It is important that if you are driving behind or on the side of a tractor-trailer that you are aware of these zones and you should attempt to avoid staying in these no-zones for too long. Because of the size and weight of a fully loaded tractor-trailer, it is hard or impossible for a tractor-trailer to come to a complete stop or for them to quickly switch lanes.
Commercial Truck Accident Injury Lawyers May be Able to Fight for You
If you’ve suffered severe injuries or the death of a loved one in an accident with a large truck, bus, or other commercial vehicle the lawyers of Reiff & Bily’s The Truck Accident Team may be able to fight for you. To schedule a free and confidential legal consultation call 800-896-6173 or contact us online today.