Commercial trucks are on the road to transport anything from produce to heavy equipment. Their turn radius and size make them harder to maneuver than passenger vehicles. Also, their big stopping distance and height, as well as the trucker’s blind spots make accidents with passenger vehicles more catastrophic than other kinds of road accidents. If you have been injured in a truck accident, you should seek legal assistance as you navigate through the complexities involved in the claims process. As the claimant, you need to prove the trucker acted negligently and caused the accident.
How Truck Accidents Happen
Truck accidents can occur because of excessive speeding, driving under the influence of a substance, distracted driving, and not following traffic rules. Also, deferred or faulty maintenance can also be blamed for a truck accident. As trucks are utilized in commercial settings, they have to be properly and routinely maintained, so they can transport goods safely. A lot of repairs may be put off or neglected to avoid extra costs. Also, a defective truck part can cause the driver to lose control of the vehicle, leading to the trailer becoming detached and causing severe damage.
What Compensation Can You Seek
A truck accident can involve several parties, making it challenging to resolve. Liability may be assigned to the truck driver, the trucking company, the truck manufacturer, or a parts manufacturer. The liable party depends on the cause of the accident. Because of the complexity of truck accident cases, you must hire a lawyer with extensive experience in these. With the help of an attorney, you may be able to recover compensation for both economic and non-economic damages such as:
- Medical expenses. In most truck accident cases, medical expenses can be the biggest expenses victims may want to be compensated for. Depending on the seriousness of your injury, you may be able to pursue compensation for past, present, and future medical expenses.
- Lost wages. If your injury forces you out of work for a certain period, you may be able to seek compensation for the income you lost during this time.
- Lost future earning capacity. Your personal injury claim can include these damages if you cannot earn income the way you used to before the truck accident because of your injury.
- Pain and suffering. Physical injuries can lead to chronic and debilitating pain. Apart from pain, you may also suffer from emotional distress. A serious injury can leave you suffering from depression, anxiety, and fear. That is why your claim includes these damages.