Anytime you are in a car, truck SUV, or any other type of accident it is a traumatic event. However, when one of the vehicles involved is a truck the injuries that can result can be much more severe due to the greater size of the vehicle and the greater forces that are inherently involved. Despite great leaps in driver safety, accidents still can happen. While truck drivers tend to be highly trained professionals they can still be the source of injuries. If you have been involved in an accident you may be wondering how you will be able to work, or can you receive compensation for your injuries.
Information about U.S Route 130
U.S. Route 130 (US 130) road that runs north to south and is completely within New Jersey. This road runs through several counties in New Jersey and has many important intersections. U.S Route 130 runs through the following Counties:
The road which was first created in 1927 runs approximately 84 miles throughout New Jersey. As noted above because of the number of counties that the road crosses the speed limit for this road can range from 35 miles an hour in residential areas to 50 miles an hour in the more rural areas. Additionally, U.S Route 130 intersections with several major roads in New Jersey including:
- US 40
- J Turnpike
Unfortunately, like many of the roads in New Jersey, parts of U.S route 130 are in a state of disrepair. Additionally, because of the number of people who use this route daily, including truck drivers, accidents are common.
Why can serious Truck Accidents Occur on U.S Route 130?
Dense population centers, aging infrastructure and a failing transportation fund have put New Jersey roads such as U.S Route 130 in the spot light. This road is heavily used by both residents of the towns and counties that the road crosses as well as commercial drivers who may want to avoid paying the tolls on some of the other roads in New Jersey. Commercial vehicles may also be on Route 130 in New Jersey to make local deliveries. With all of these drivers on the road, and the conditions of the roads, it is impossible to avoid accidents altogether, however in our experience, the following conditions tend to lead to accidents. The reasons why accidents involving commercial trucks on any freeway are numerous, but
There are many other reasons why commercial truck accidents become unavoidable. These reasons can include:
- Changing traffic conditions – Stop-and-go traffic is difficult to drive in and the changing conditions require extreme alertness. Drivers who fail to maintain a high level of concentration are likely to cause a commercial vehicle accident.
- Poor weather conditions – Heavy rainfall and other severe storms can adversely affect driving conditions. Poor weather can increase stopping distances and decrease visibility and the time a driver has to react.
- Fatigued truck driver – Hours of service rules imposed by FMCSA limit the amount of time a truck driver can be on duty consecutively and sets other limits on his or her ability to drive. These limits are set because fatigued driving can reduce reaction times and lead to poor decision-making.
- Intoxicated driving – Alcohol, illegal drugs, and some prescription drugs can also lead to increased reaction times and poor decision-making. Driving under the influence significantly increases accident risk for all drivers.
- Inexperienced CDL driver — While training and behind the wheel experience is required for CDL drivers, operators who are new to the profession may still lack the confidence and poise to react appropriately in difficult situations or may misjudge the circumstances.
- Improper maintenance – A freight truck with mechanical issues, steering problems, or worn-down tires significantly increases the risk of a loss of vehicle control and an accident.
In many accidents, more than one factor combines to cause the wreck. The list above only covers some of the more common factors associated with serious vehicle accidents. Unfortunately, when these accidents do occur, they often cause serious injuries including broken bones, TBIs, and fatal injuries.
Time Limits on Truck Accident Injuries in New Jersey
If you were involved in an accident on route 130 you were in New Jersey. This means that if you want to file a claim for any injuries that you may have sustained while you were driving that you need to know how long you have to file your claim. The law does not like to allow people an unlimited amount of time to bring their claim to court. This is because as time passes people forget things, the evidence is lost. All states have imposed statutory limits on the amount of time you have to go to court and file a lawsuit after you have suffered some type of harm. It is important to know these deadlines and adhere to them very strictly. If you do not file your case before the time set forth in the statute of limitations then you will be barred from bringing your claim. This will likely prevent you from recovering any money for your injuries.
In New Jersey, the statute of limitations for personal injury cases gives you two years from the date of the injury to file a lawsuit in the state’s civil court system It is very important to understand and follow this rule. If you fail to get your lawsuit filed before the two-year window closes, the New Jersey court system will likely refuse to hear your case at any time in the future, and your right to compensation will be lost.
Injured in an Accident on U.S Route 130? Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer Today
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 & Bily, call 800-896-6173 today or contact us online.