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Cherry Hill Truck Accident Attorneys
Skilled representation for victims of commercial truck accidents in South Jersey
Accidents with large trucks, such as tractor-trailers, delivery trucks, and tanker trucks, can result in catastrophic injuries and significant damages. At Ferrara & Gable, our Cherry Hill truck accident attorneys understand the immense physical, emotional, and financial toll that commercial truck accidents can take on victims and their families.
Our team of experienced Cherry Hill truck accident lawyers is dedicated to assisting accident victims in seeking justice and the compensation they deserve. We are here to help you physically and financially recover from your truck accident, and will work to secure the compensation to which you are entitled for your injuries and losses. Call us today.
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How often do truck accidents happen?
SafeTrucking.org notes that 5,788 people were killed in truck crashes in 2021, with 154,993 injuries. This represents a 47% increase in deaths over the past ten years, with a total of 46,283 fatalities from truck accidents in the United States.
According to the National Safety Council (NSC), the majority of large truck accidents happen on non-interstate roadways, with 74% of accidents. These accidents also tend to occur during the daytime hours, with 63.5% of accidents occurring during the day. September saw the most accidents in 2021, with 515 accidents.
What types of injuries are caused by truck accidents?
Truck accidents can result in a wide range of injuries, especially when they roll over. These injuries are often more severe and life-threatening than those in accidents involving smaller vehicles. The size and weight of commercial trucks, such as tractor-trailers and big rigs, can cause significant damage and inflict serious harm on other road users. Common injuries caused by truck accidents include:
- Soft tissue injuries. Truck accidents can result in soft tissue injuries, such as sprains, strains, and contusions, affecting muscles, tendons, and ligaments. These injuries can cause pain, swelling, and limited mobility.
- Bone fractures. High-impact collisions with trucks can lead to broken bones, including fractures of the arms, legs, ribs, and other areas of the body.
- Brain injuries. Truck accidents increase the risk of head injuries, including concussions and traumatic brain injuries (TBIs). Even mild concussions can have lasting cognitive and physical effects.
- Spinal cord injuries. Truck accidents can result in spinal cord injuries, which may lead to paralysis, loss of sensation, and other severe neurological complications.
- Internal injuries. The force of a truck collision can cause internal injuries, such as damage to organs like the liver, spleen, or kidneys, which may require surgery.
- Chest injuries. Chest injuries, including contusions, fractures, and damage to the ribcage, can result from the impact of airbags or seatbelts in high-speed truck accidents.
- Facial injuries. Airbag deployment or impact with the steering wheel can result in facial injuries, including fractures, lacerations, and dental damage.
- Burns. In some truck accidents, fires or explosions can occur, causing burns of varying degrees, which may require extensive medical treatment and surgery.
- Amputations. Severe truck accidents may result in traumatic amputations or injuries that require surgical amputations.
- Fatal injuries. Tragically, truck accidents often result in fatalities, leaving grieving families to cope with the loss of a loved one.
Seeking prompt medical attention after a truck accident should be your priority, as some injuries may not manifest symptoms immediately. Additionally, consulting with a qualified Cherry Hill personal injury attorney is essential for understanding your legal rights and pursuing compensation for your injuries and related expenses.
What should I do after a truck accident in Cherry Hill?
Experiencing a truck accident can be a traumatic and overwhelming event, but it's crucial to take certain steps to protect your well-being and legal rights. Here's what you should do immediately after a truck accident:
- Prioritize your safety. If possible, move to a safe location away from traffic to avoid further danger. Turn on hazard lights and use warning triangles or flares if you have them.
- Call 911. Dial 911 immediately to report the accident and request an ambulance if you or a passenger is injured. This will ensure that law enforcement and emergency medical services are dispatched to the scene. Be prepared to provide details about the accident and any injuries. Cooperate fully with law enforcement officers. Provide an accurate account of the accident but avoid admitting fault or making statements that may be used against you later.
- Take photos of yourself and your surroundings. While you wait for the ambulance, use your smartphone or camera to take photos and videos of the accident scene, including vehicle damage, road conditions, traffic signals, and any visible injuries. This visual evidence can be valuable for insurance claims and legal proceedings. Note: if you are too injured, as a passenger to take the photos, or have someone you trust take pictures of your injuries at the hospital or at home.
- Gather information from anyone involved. If you are physically able, exchange information with the truck driver and any other parties involved in the accident. Obtain their names, contact information, insurance details, and the truck's license plate number. Additionally, gather contact information from any witnesses.
If you did not request an ambulance, or if you go home after your accident:
- Seek medical attention/attend follow-up visits. Some injuries may not manifest symptoms immediately, and prompt medical attention can prevent complications. Make an appointment with your doctor as soon as you possibly can, and attend all future appointments. Following the treatment plan is important for your help and your case.
- Notify your insurance company. Report the accident to your insurance company as soon as possible. Provide them with only the essential details and cooperate with their investigation. Avoid discussing the details of the accident with the at-fault party's insurance company without speaking to one of our attorneys first.
- Schedule a free consultation with our firm. Bring copies of all accident-related documents, including police reports, medical records, and correspondence with insurance companies to our meeting (or send via a secure server, if you prefer). Bring copies of the photos, too, as well as any mechanic/repair bills, and any documentation you have about costs associated with the accident. If you needed to rent a car to get to doctors’ appointments, had to hire a tutor for your children, needed to hire a dogwalker, or had any expenses you would not have had if the accident never happened, bring us those bills.
Remember that truck accidents often involve complex legal and insurance issues, so seeking legal representation can be critical in securing a fair settlement or pursuing a personal injury lawsuit. Our experienced attorneys can assess the specifics of your case and guide you through the process while protecting your best interests.
Do you have a Cherry Hill truck accident attorney near me?
Ferrara & Gable maintains an office at 601 Longwood Avenue in Cherry Hill, NJ. There is parking available, and a bus stop right up the block on Rt. 38. If you are too injured or ill to travel, we can schedule a phone or video consultation.
Cherry Hill, NJ truck accident attorneys fight for South Jersey clients
If you've been involved in a truck accident in Cherry Hill, you don’t have to go through the legal process alone. The experienced Cherry Hill truck accident attorneys at Ferrara & Gable are here to fight for your rights, advocate on your behalf, and help you secure the compensation you deserve for your injuries and related expenses. Call our offices or contact us today for a confidential consultation. Proudly serving Camden County, Burlington County & all of South Jersey.