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Can I file a personal injury suit after a truck accident?

Tractor-trailers play an invaluable role in the transportation of goods across the country, and the average New Jersey driver is probably quite accustomed to seeing these large trucks on the interstate. However, no matter how common the sight of a 18-wheelers might be, it can still be unnerving driving near one, and rightfully so. Suffering a personal injury in a collision with one of these trucks can be life altering and, in some cases, even deadly. 

Driving while drowsy or fatigued is an unsafe practice that most motorists are discouraged from engaging in. But how carefully do commercial drivers heed this warning? Under federal regulations, truck drivers are already permitted to be on the road for up to 11 hours without stopping. Not only is this already a long period of time to spend behind the wheel, surveys reveal that a significant number of drivers disregard these regulations to drive for longer and longer stretches. 

Because of these vehicles' height, smaller passenger cars are more likely to slide underneath them during a collision. Underride guards are meant to stop this, but safety testing has shown that these preventative measures do not always hold up. A fatigued driver may be less likely to notice an impending collision, thus hitting a passenger vehicle and forcing it underneath the truck. 

Victims in New Jersey who have suffered an injury in a tractor-trailer accident understand just how serious the situation can be. Injuries tend to be severe, which can lead to hefty medical bills that the average person simply cannot afford. A successfully pursued personal injury claim can help victims address these costs, while the careful actions of a wrongful death lawsuit provide much-needed compensation for families who have lost loved ones in similar accidents. 

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