Have you been injured in a truck accident?
Every year hundreds of thousands of semi-trucks, tractor-trailers, 18-wheelers and other types of commercial trucks are involved in accidents. Thousands of people are injured and thousands are killed.
To the victim of a truck accident, nothing should take precedence over regaining health and restoring life to the way it was before the accident.
Motor vehicle accidents involving passenger vehicles and large commercial trucks can be devastating. The sheer size of the large truck often results in catastrophic injuries to the occupants of the passenger vehicle.
Whether it is a commercial van or truck, an 18-wheeler, a tractor-trailer, a tanker truck, a flatbed truck, or a dump truck, the truck’s excessive weight and mass can total any car it hits and seriously injure the occupants.
Injuries arising from a collision with an 18-wheeler or tractor-trailer are often severe, permanent and disabling. Receiving fair compensation for these injuries can make an enormous difference as you build your future dealing with a disability and the medical expenses and life changes that lie ahead.
Negligence is the cause of many of these trucking accidents. If the negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company caused an accident in which you suffered damages, the law protects your right to be compensated. You can recover economic and non-economic damages.
Another reason for such horrific accidents is that truck drivers often have blind spots and are not able to see other vehicles that may be behind or adjacent to the tractor-trailer. In addition, commercial truck drivers often spend long hours on the road and fatigue can often lead to carelessness or inattentive driving, with serious consequences.
When a tractor-trailer driver loses control in an accident, split-second decisions can make the difference between life and death for the unfortunate occupants of nearby passenger vehicles. Some drivers may also drive while under the influence of stimulants or other drugs in an effort to stay alert during long hauls.
Finally, there are drivers who fail to follow the speed limits and rules of the road because they are in a hurry to deliver their cargo – adding fuel to an already dangerous fire. The size alone makes for a massive impact and hinders the ability of the truck to make sudden stops.
The results are too often tragic, with severe injuries and oftentimes fatalities.
Economic damages include all expenses associated with your injury – now and in the future. This can include:
- Medical expenses
- Lost income
- Property damage
Non-economic damages available to a big-rig accident victim may include:
- Physical and emotional pain and suffering
- Change in lifestyle
- Loss of consortium
In the event of a fatal big-rig accident, surviving family members may be awarded damages intended to compensate them for their loss, including:
- Medical expenses
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of future earnings and benefits, including pension and retirement
- Loss of companionship
- Punitive damages intended to punish the defendant
Truck accidents often cause serious harm and property damage to victims, including death. A skilled truck accident attorney will explore all of the potential parties that may be liable for damages to ensure that the amount of compensation you receive is sufficient to address your losses.
Potential defendants may include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- Drivers of other vehicles
- Parts manufacturers
- Government entities responsible for road maintenance
If you or a loved one has been seriously injured in a tractor-trailer accident, of if you have lost a loved one as a result of such an accident, you should seek help from an experienced personal injury attorney.