Truck accidents are often more devastating than car accidents. This is because of the sheer difference in size and power between a car and a large commercial truck. Truck accidents can result in serious injuries to victims that require extensive medical treatment to correct. In some cases, these injuries lead to permanent disabilities for victims or a lifetime of chronic pain or other complications. Victims can also die in truck accidents, sometimes at the scene and when this is not the case, in the days, weeks, or months that follow from the injuries sustained in the accident.
There are a few types of accident that are unique to commercial trucks, such as:
- Trailers becoming unhitched from tractors; and
- Accidents where smaller vehicles are crushed under large trucks.
Additionally, the issues that cause car accidents are more pronounced with trucks and can cause more severe accidents. These include:
- Tire blowouts;
- Brake failures;
- Collisions due to other drivers not giving trucks sufficient following distance; and
- Collisions between trucks and passenger vehicles in their blind spots.
Truck accidents can also result from driver negligence, such as:
- Drunk driving;
- Distracted driving;
- Aggressive driving; and
- Drowsy driving.
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After a truck accident, an injured victim may file a personal injury claim to pursue compensation for the following damages:
- Medical bills;
- Lost wages; and
- Pain and suffering damages.
The negligent party could be the truck’s driver or it could be his or her employer, the truck’s manufacturer, or the company charged with loading or maintaining the truck. Recovering compensation requires the victim and his or her lawyer to first identify the negligent party and then develop a solid claim that demonstrates the negligence that occurred, the injuries that resulted, and the victim’s damages. When a victim dies in a truck accident, his or her loved ones may pursue compensation for their damages through a wrongful death claim.
You need to support your claim with evidence that illustrates the above information. This evidence can include:
- Copies of your medical bills;
- Documentation of your lost wages;
- Photographs of the accident;
- Eyewitness testimonies of the accident;
- A copy of the official accident report; and
- Any additional documentation that shows how the accident impacted your health and quality of life, such as commentary from your mental health professional discussing your emotional trauma after the accident.
If you were injured in a truck accident, you have the right to pursue monetary compensation for your damages through a personal injury claim. To learn more about pursuing compensation this way, contact our team of experienced personal injury lawyers at Scott M. Brown & Associates today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office. We can answer any questions you have and advise you toward the next step in the personal injury claim process.