The doctors at NJ Health & Injury Solutions have extensive expertise in treating victims of accidents that were sustained driving or riding on a truck. Based on the laws of physics, damages resulting from accidents are usually more severe than those resulting from standard auto accidents because of the momentum of larger vehicles as well as the force involved in a collision. Snow or ice will further increase the possibility of getting into an accident when operating a truck. It is imperative for all truckers to wear their seat belts to minimize the possibility of injury, and it is also required by law in New Jersey.
If you have just been in a truck accident and you are experiencing pain or bleeding, immediately seek medical assistance at the nearest hospital emergency room. If you think that you have not sustained any life-threatening injuries and are able to access your mobile phone, remain calm and call the police to report the accident. If other vehicles or pedestrians are involved in the accident, exchange contact information with all the parties involved. Following the exchange of contact information, call the police to document what occurred at the scene or file a police report within 10 days.
Use your mobile device to take pictures of any damaged areas of all vehicles and/or trucks involved following a truck accident. If you are able to drive away after the police document the scene of the accident, make sure you promptly report the accident to your insurance company and send them a copy of the police report when it is ready. Commercial driver insurance is different from a standard auto insurance policy requirement because truck drivers in New Jersey are generally not covered by no-fault insurance. However, no-fault coverage is still applicable to passengers in cars or pedestrians involved in truck accidents. Remember to never admit liability at the scene of an accident regardless of whom you believe may be at fault.
Truck collisions involve a great degree of force resulting from the momentum, and the severity of the accident may depend on the size of the vehicle along with the weight of the cargo on board. Long-term symptoms may not appear until a few hours or even a few days following the accident. If you believe that you have experienced any injuries in the days following a trucking accident, you should be evaluated by one of our chiropractors at NJ Health & Injury Solutions. At any time, if you feel pain in the neck, back, shoulder, elbo w, arm, or jaw, it is important to see a physician as soon as possible.
You may also want to be evaluated at NJ Health & Injury Solutions if you experience headaches or memory loss following a truck accident. Our chiropractors and physical therapists have a great deal of experience in evaluating victims of truck accidents to determine if the patient’s pain and discomfort is the result of the car accident and whether any chiropractic treatment and/or physical therapy is needed to rehabilitate the patient.
Patient Evaluation and Treatment
If you are referred to us by your physician or attorney following an accident involving a truck, we will schedule an initial consultation to evaluate you and determine if you would benefit from chiropractic treatment and/or physical therapy. Our doctors at NJ Health & Injury solutions routinely work with personal injury attorneys and insurance companies to help maximize payouts related to damages and personal injuries for accident victims. The cost of the clinical evaluation, diagnostic tests, diagnostic imaging, and consultation are usually covered by auto insurance.
While drivers and passengers in non-commercial vehicles are covered by no-fault insurance in New Jersey, there are limits on maximum payouts. Fortunately, these limits are not applicable to victims of accidents where the truck driver is at fault, so you may be eligible to sue for any injury and be fully compensated for pain and suffering along with the cost of treatment.
At NJ Health & Injury Solutions, we have unparalleled expertise in evaluating and successfully treating accident victims who have experienced soft tissue injuries. Common injuries following truck accidents include: whiplash, head injury, leg injury, foot injury, back injury, broken ribs, skull fracture, internal bleeding, knee trauma, herniated discs, and concussion. The evaluation of each patient will be individually tailored to what is documented on the police report and the patient’s personal account of pain and discomfort. If the doctor believes it is appropriate, the patient may be encouraged to undergo an X-Ray, MRI, CT scan, and/or PET scan. If a truck driver or passenger has experienced facial trauma or a jaw injury such as hyperflexion or hyperextension following a motorcycle accident, they may be referred to an oral surgeon or TMJ specialist for evaluation as well.
The practitioner will interpret the results of the diagnostic images and tests and provide a customized diagnosis for the truck accident victim. If it is necessary to pursue legal action to compel an insurance company or liable person to cover the cost of treatment and rehabilitation, our doctors at NJ Health & Injury solutions have experience in taking depositions and making court appearances to testify on behalf of our patients.
Once the patient has been comprehensively evaluated by our team at NJ Health & Injury solutions, we will develop a personalized treatment plan that we will discuss with the patient. This may involve plastic/reconstructive surgery, orthopedic surgery, chiropractic treatment, and/or physical therapy. Once the patient has committed to our individually tailored treatment plan, we will commit to treating our patients until they are rehabilitated and functional. If you are feeling pain or suffering resulting from a truck accident, please contact NJ Health & Injury to schedule an evaluation.