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Truck Accident Injuries and the Debate for Increased Safety

Monmouth County NJ Truck Accident Injury LawyersOne of the most potentially dangerous aspects of driving on any Monmouth County highway or road is that of the presence of large commercial trucks. Heavy, fast-moving objects like trucks and tractor-trailers present an obvious danger to motorists and pedestrians alike, and while some progress has been made towards preventing truck accident injuries and wrongful deaths, there is still a great deal of room-for-improvement in this area.

In particular, truck accidents wherein a car collides with a truck, and actually passes under the side of the truck can result in serious injury, and in many cases the death of the driver and their passengers. Known as a “side underride collision”, the debate over how to protect motorists from exactly this kind of truck accident still rages on.

Red Bank, NJ Truck Accident Attorneys Discuss “Undercarriage Collisions”

Awareness for the danger of truck accidents and undercarriage collisions was raised significantly following the 1967 death of actress Jayne Mansfield. In this particular case, Jayne Mansfield crashed her car into the rear of a commercial truck, passing under the truck itself and shearing off the entire top-half of her car. Mansfield’s young children survived the accident due only to the fact that their small size protected them from the worst of this undercarriage collision, but the death of this prominent driver caused lawmakers to begin taking a serious look at how to prevent exactly this type of truck accident fatality.

However, it wasn’t until almost 30 years later in 1998 that the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration passed a law requiring all truck trailers to have rear guard bumpers in place, protecting motorists from sliding under the rear-end of the truck trailer. Unfortunately, now law was passed regarding similar safety protocols for the sides of truck trailers.

Now, following the death of Joshua D. Brown, wherein his self-driving Tesla car collided and passed-under the side of a truck trailer, lawmakers and other concerned parties are making a renewed effort to push for further updates to commercial truck safety protocols. Unfortunately, the Truck Trailer Manufacturers Association is pushing back, claiming that safety advocates are “overstating the simplicity” of installing further safety measures without drastically impacting the safety and performance of the trucks themselves.

While it is the hope that it does not take another 30 years to update truck trailer safety laws, in the meantime, motorists injured in truck accidents may still be able to secure financial compensation for their truck accident injuries through a personal injury claim.

Monmouth County Truck Accident Injury Lawyers Recover Financial Compensation

At The Law Office of Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington, our attorneys have extensive experience representing the victims of truck accidents and truck accident wrongful deaths in towns across Monmouth County including Red Bank, Freehold, Wall, Middletown, Howell, and West Long Branch.

Whether you have been injured in a truck accident, or a family member has died in a truck accident, our firm is prepared to provide you with the compassionate, effective, and highly knowledgeable legal service that you and your family need and deserve in such critical matters. With over 50 years of legal experience, including landmark and precedent-setting decisions and verdicts, our firm has fostered a reputation for success among legislators, businesses, and families alike.

To speak with our personal injury team today in a free and confidential consultation regarding a truck accident injury, the wrongful death of a family member, and your options for recovering the financial compensation you need and deserve, please contact us online, or through our West Long Branch, NJ office at (732) 440-3950.

What Is Personal Injury Mediation?

When hearing the term “mediation”, most people would most likely relate it to a divorce. However, the Alternative Dispute Resolution process of mediation is also commonly used during personal injury claims as well. If you have been injured in a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, a slip and fall, a construction accident, a ladder… Continue Reading

The Personal Injury Recovery Process

Any time a person is injured as the result of the reckless or negligent actions of another party in incidents such as a car accident, truck accident, motorcycle accident, a slip and fall, a construction accident, or any other kind of accident, the injured party may be able to recover compensation for their medical expenses,… Continue Reading

Monmouth County’s Extremely High DWI Arrest Figures

In a recent NJ.com article, they ranked every New Jersey shore town by DWI arrests made per square mile. The statistics they used were the most recent available, based on the fiscal year of July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016. Importantly, these rankings took into account all Driving While Impaired arrests, which include not only… Continue Reading

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What Should I Do After an Accident?

Being involved in any kind of accident can often be a traumatic and life-changing experience. Whether it be an auto accident, construction accident, a slip and fall, motorcycle accident, an accident with a drunk driver, or any other kind of accident, there are certain steps that you should take in order protect both your health,… Continue Reading

How Insurance Companies Value Injury Claims

Any time you are seeking compensation for accident injuries in a personal injury claim, it is important to understand exactly how the insurance company will value your injuries, and when a settlement offer is fair and reasonable. All Monmouth County personal injury claims seek to recover compensation for three things: Medical expenses, lost income, and… Continue Reading

Common Questions Regarding Workers’ Compensation in NJ

In New Jersey, workers are protected from job-related accidents, injuries, and occupational disease by what is known as workers’ compensation. All New Jersey employers not covered by federal programs are required by law to have workers’ compensation coverage. Workers’ compensation provides medical treatment, wage replacement, and permanent disability compensation to employees who suffer work-related injuries, as well as… Continue Reading

Can I Sue a Drunk Driver Who Injured Me?

According to New Jersey law, a blood alcohol concentration of above 0.08 is considered to be driving under influence (DUI). A driving under the influence conviction is considered to be a traffic offense, and not a criminal offense, but nevertheless carries steep penalties, especially for repeat offenses. If however, a drunk driver injures another person,… Continue Reading

The Differences Between Personal Injury and Workers’ Compensation

There are two different ways for an individual who is injured to recover compensation for their expenses, and potentially punitive damages as well; personal injury claims and workers’ compensation claims. There are a number of differences between the two, and when an injured individual may qualify for one or the other. The simplest way to… Continue Reading

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Chamlin, Rosen, Uliano & Witherington of West Long Branch, New Jersey, provides representation throughout Monmouth County including Asbury Park, Belmar, Colts Neck, Deal, Eatontown, Freehold, Hazlet, Holmdel, Howell, Lake Como, Long Branch, Manalapan, Manasquan, Marlboro Township, Middletown, Neptune, Oakhurst, Ocean Township, Redbank, Shrewsbury, Spring Lake, Tinton Falls, Wall Township, West Long Branch, and Freehold Township; Ocean County including Bayville, Brick, Jackson, Lakewood, Lakewood Township, Mantoloking, Point Pleasant, Point Pleasant Beach, and Toms River; Middlesex County including East Brunswick, Milltown, New Brunswick, Old Bridge Township, Perth Amboy, Sayreville, South Amboy, South River, and Spotswood.

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