Have you been injured in a Trucking Accident? If so, we can help.
In the United States, approximately 500,000 trucking accidents occur every year, with about 5,000 per year resulting in death. Every 15 minutes, a person is killed or seriously injured in an accident caused by tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers, or semi-trucks.
Trucking accidents personally injure occupants of passenger vehicles and compel those injured to pursue cases against the trucking companies, drivers, and truck and trailer manufacturers. These truck collision cases differ from normal motor vehicle accidents in two primary ways.
First, trucking accident cases are complicated civil cases. Truck accident cases typically involve significantly more evidence and discovery of critical information. This evidence includes commercial driver logbooks, load information, and truck maintenance records. That evidence must be analyzed to establish the actual cause of the accident to determine liability conclusively.
Second, there are often many parties involved in a case. Defendants frequently include the truck driver, the company employing the driver, the truck owner, the business loading the truck, the truck’s manufacturer, and its maintenance personnel. With so many defendants involved, liability becomes an issue, and determining fault becomes complicated.
Trucking Accident Liability
Defendants often deny all responsibility and shift their risk to their insurance companies wherein coverage issues become a source of contention. Keep in mind, however, that untangling these complex matters is difficult even for the most experienced trucking experts, and you should consider consulting with a trucking attorney to determine how to proceed and answer some of these questions.. We fight for your right to be compensated for the injuries and losses you sustained. Unraveling the red tape in litigation and the claim process may produce financial resources to provide you with appropriate compensation for your loss.
Risks Of Severe Injury
Trucking accidents pose a heightened risk of injury than an ordinary car on car collision. This is simply by reason of the size and weight of some of the trucks involved in trucking accidents. With larger vehicles like semi-trailers, the weight of the truck can be multiples of the other car involved in the accident.
The force of impact involved in a trucking accident can cause catastrophic injuries and death. The safety structures implemented in cars simply cannot adequately protect against the force of impact inherent in a trucking accident. Drivers and passengers in a car that is hit by a truck face a heightened risk of sustaining catastrophic injury or even fatal injuries.
Trucking Accident Damages
If you were involved in a trucking accident, you might be entitled to seek just compensation for your injuries and property damages. Personal injury damages include economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages compensate you for financial loss. These damages include past and future medical expenses. Your hospital bills, doctor’s office visits, surgeries, physical therapy, prescription medication, and medical device equipment costs are all considered economic damages. Another crucial economic damage calculation is past and future income loss.
Your lost income from missed work is the difference between before and after accident income. If you can relate your personal injuries to a diminished capacity to work, then you can receive future income loss as damages. Of course, you will need an expert to determine this amount in coordination with medical expert testimony as to your future health concerns.
Non-economic damages compensate you for more individualized loss. These include pain and suffering, which consist of physical, mental, or emotional distress caused by your injuries. Another significant non-economic damage is something called loss of consortium, which compensates your spouse or family for the loss of your companionship and your services to the family.
In addition to compensation for personal injuries, you will likely claim property damage loss, including the repair or replacement costs of your damaged vehicle.
Where do I start?
Start by calling our law office. We are uniquely qualified to represent you or your loved one if you suffered injuries in a truck accident. Let us help you expertly navigate the complex issues of a trucking accident case. Call us today.