The Many Causes of New Jersey Truck Accidents
New Jersey highways are crowded with trucks, which are particularly dangerous vehicles. There are many reasons that trucks cause so many accidents, but New Jersey drivers should know that the law protects them from truck drivers’ negligence. If you are involved in an accident with a truck in New Jersey, you need to consult experienced Trenton truck accident attorneys immediately.
The risks of trucks on New Jersey roads
Many people think that a heavier vehicle is safer — and this is true for the driver of that vehicle. However, for anyone that vehicle encounters in an accident, the additional weight can be deadly. Unless you are yourself a commercial truck driver, you are unlikely to be on the advantaged side of an accident with a heavy truck. In fact, the degree of disadvantage can now be quantified. A new study from the National Bureau of Economic Research suggests that a one-thousand-pound increase in the weight of one vehicle in a crash will increase by 47 percent the likelihood of a fatality in the other vehicle.
New Jersey law does provide for the increased risk involved in accidents with trucks. Additionally, truck drivers, because they drive unusually long hours and under intense conditions, may be particularly at risk for sleep deprivation, distraction, substance abuse and poor vehicle maintenance. While New Jersey is generally a no-fault insurance state, meaning that claims for injury are limited, commercial trucks do not carry this kind of insurance.
It is possible to file a larger claim for pain and suffering against the insurer of a commercial truck, but only under specific circumstances. For the most part, death or very serious injuries — dismemberment, permanent disability or disfigurement, displaced fractures — are the only grounds for such a claim. Knowledgeable truck accident attorneys in Trenton can provide the legal guidance you need.
If you have been in an accident that involved a commercial truck in New Jersey and feel you are entitled to damages, you should be aware that such cases are not easy to prove. You will need expert testimony as to the driver’s condition and to your own injuries. These are hurdles that require the services of a New Jersey personal injury lawyer.
Consult an expert personal injury lawyer to make your case
Trucks are a special case in New Jersey insurance law, and a particularly dangerous force on New Jersey roads. If you have been injured in an accident with a commercial truck, you may be entitled to compensation for pain and suffering. Yet such cases are difficult to make and to win. The personal injury lawyers of Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier are experienced in New Jersey’s complex insurance laws and compassionate toward the needs of their clients. Contact us today for a consultation.
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The Future of Medical Malpractice in New Jersey
The implementation of the Affordable Care Act promises to put new demands on the medical system, with a growing demand for doctors. New Jersey, however, is already facing a shortage of physicians, and this situation is only expected to become more severe as the demand grows. This shortage may mean more malpractice claims.
Some likely results of a physicians’ shortage
By 2020, a physicians’ taskforce reports, there will be 12 percent fewer physicians in New Jersey than will be needed. No one can tell for sure what the results of a physicians’ shortage will be, but there are some likely scenarios that will mean you may require the services of skilled personal injury attorneys in Trenton:
- Procedures will be pushed off onto physicians’ assistants and registered nurses. More people will be trained to perform routine treatments in place of a doctor. Many of these will be highly trained professionals — but they will not have gone to medical school, and there is not yet widespread agreement about which procedures they will perform. There is likely to be a lengthy period of transition, during which malpractice claims may arise.
- Emergency rooms will experience stress. As fewer people are able to get access to their regular physicians, the pressure on emergency rooms is likely to increase, and with it, the potential rate of error. Rushed staff and crowded facilities lead to errors — and the need for medical malpractice attorneys in Trenton.
- Older patients will test the system. The population of the United States is aging rapidly — and older patients are among the most difficult to treat, as they frequently have multiple and complex medical issues. As Americans age, they will demand more and more health care from a system that is struggling to fulfill its obligations. While it is impossible to predict how many medical errors will result from physicians handling multiple elderly patients, it will certainly be the case that families — and their personal injury attorneys — will need to be strong advocates for accountability.
Consult a personal injury attorney in case of a medical mistake
Medical malpractice is a constant element of the health care system, and one that is likely to increase as the system expands. If you believe that you or a member of your family has been a victim of medical malpractice, you should consult an attorney immediately. The personal injury lawyers of Kardos, Rickles, Hand & Bidlingmaier combine compassion for their clients with rigorous investigation skills. Contact us today for a consultation.