New Jersey authorities are continuing to investigate an accident on the New Jersey Turnpike which involved a commercial delivery truck. The accident happened in the southbound lanes.
Initial reports were that the delivery truck had collided with a Mercedes sedan which was carrying two people. One person in the Mercedes died and the other suffered critical injuries which required rescuers to use a helicopter to take the victim to a nearby hospital.
The driver of the delivery truck also suffered injuries which authorities described as minor.
Accidents involving commercial vehicles require attention to detail
When it comes to personal-use cars, New Jersey’s laws are fairly strict about allowing drivers to recover for damages like pain and suffering.
The reason is that New Jersey is what is called a strong no-fault state, meaning that insurance companies are expected to cover their own drivers’ medical bills and lost wages, but not their non-economic losses like pain and suffering and emotional distress.
However, commercial vehicle accidents in New Jersey are different. The law does allows victims of commercial drivers to sue for all of their damages, including for pain and suffering and other non-economic losses.
Unlike private passenger accidents, a victim does not have to even present evidence that his or her injury is permanent.
If the driver of the commercial vehicle was negligent, then the victim may be able to hold the driver, the driver’s employer and, possibly, other parties financially accountable.
Not surprisingly, however, companies and their insurers will frequently put up a fight against victims who are seeking compensation after an accident. Victims may need a strong legal advocate at their side in order to get the assistance they need.