New Jersey Personal Injury Lawyers Fight For The Rights Of Injured Commercial Drivers
Truckers And Delivery Drivers Suffer Some Of The Highest Accident Rates On The Road
Despite all of the attention paid to motorists who are injured or killed by truck drivers, truck drivers themselves face a far greater risk of injury and death than the average motorist does. In the United States alone, more than 700 truck drivers are killed on the road every year and thousands more are injured. The situation is only marginally better for other commercial drivers such as delivery drivers. At Lomurro Law, our skilled New Jersey accident attorneys know how to get the wheels of justice moving for truck drivers injured on the job.
After A Serious Truck Accident, What Compensation Is Available?
If you are injured in a traffic accident while on duty, there are five possible sources of compensation you might look to:
- Workers’ compensation insurance: If you are classified as an employee and not an independent contractor
- The manufacturer or distributor: As a result of a defective vehicle or part that caused the accident (a brake drum, for example) via a products liability claim
- The at-fault driver: Compensation from their auto liability insurance policy, via a third-party claim
- Your auto insurance policy: If you have such a policy
- Your uninsured motorist insurance: If the at-fault driver is uninsured
You do not have to prove fault to win compensation for a workers’ compensation or products liability claim, but workers’ compensation insurance will not reimburse you for pain and suffering.
Independent Contractors May Or May Not Be Able To Collect Workers’ Compensation Benefits
Many commercial truckers are considered independent contractors rather than employees, and workers’ compensation benefits are normally paid only to employees. New Jersey workers’ compensation law is more liberal, however, and many truckers who own a rig and would be treated as independent contractors in other states are treated as employees in New Jersey.
Ultimately it is a court, not a trucking company or a courier service, that decides based on various factors whether you are to be treated as an employee who is eligible for workers’ compensation benefits. Nevertheless, settlement negotiations are often determined by what the parties anticipate a court would do should the claim proceed to litigation. It is during disputes like these are where our experienced New Jersey accident lawyers can make the difference.
If You Are A Truck Driver Who Has Been Injured In An Accident, Contact Our New Jersey Accident Attorneys Today For A Free Consultation
Being injured in a serious vehicle accident is one of the most traumatic events you can experience. The trauma is multidimensional – physical, psychological and, for most people, financial. No one can undo your accident. What the leading New Jersey accident lawyers at Lomurro Law do, however, is seeing to it that you receive every dime of compensation you are entitled to for your injuries. We are committed to handling legal matters for you in the most stress-free way, so you can concentrate fully on regaining your health. Contact us today at 732-482-9285 or fill out our online contact form for a free initial consultation.