A negligent driver can lose control of their truck and cause significant harm to others on the road. Trucks are much larger than other vehicles, which means they can cause more widespread damage during a truck accident. Negligent driving behavior, such as speeding, drowsy driving, and distracted driving, can lead to dangerous results as the truck spins out and barrels into other vehicles and objects.
Truck accidents can lead to significant damages, such as medical bills, lost earning potential, and pain and suffering. You can file a truck accident claim to pursue compensation for these damages from the at-fault party’s insurance company. The worth of your truck accident claim depends on the cost of your damages, the long-term effect of your injuries on your life, and who the liable party is. The Russo Firm can help you assess your current and future damages, determine the liable party, and negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurer.
What Can Cause a Truck Accident?
Trucking accidents result from the negligent or intentionally harmful behavior of a driver. With such a large vehicle, a truck accident can cause major damage to those involved directly in the truck accident as well as those driving their vehicles around the accident. Truck accidents can also result from non-driving actions, such as defective car parts, improperly loaded trucks, or poor maintenance.
The following are some of the causes of truck accidents:
- Distracted driving
- Drunk driving
- Drowsy driving
- Road rage
- Not following road rules
- Disobeying right-of-way laws
- Not using turn signals
The cause of the truck accident can have an effect on what the truck accident claim is worth. Some negligent behavior can cause higher levels of damage, including speeding. A truck going above the speed limit can operate as a battering ram, devastating anything in its way. A high-speed truck accident can total a vehicle that gets hit and lead to catastrophic injuries that you can pursue compensation for.
Truck Accident Injuries
The severity of your injuries stemming from a truck accident can also affect the worth of your truck accident claim. Severe injuries could require thousands of dollars to repair with surgery, medication, and physical therapy. They can also change a victim’s life forever, making them unable to complete daily activities or work in their chosen profession. Your truck accident lawyer can help assess the effect of your injuries on your life by speaking to medical experts, allowing you to get a clear estimate of the worth of your injuries.
The following are some of the severe injuries caused by truck accidents:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Spinal cord injuries
- Facial injuries
- Upper extremity injuries
- Shoulder injuries
- Wrist injuries
- Chest injuries
- Lower extremity injuries
- Knee injuries
- Internal injuries
- Broken bones
How Much Can a Truck Accident Victim Recover for Damages?
There is no set value for a truck accident claim, as each has unique damages and costs associated with them. The value of your truck accident claim can range from a couple of thousand dollars to a possible six-figure settlement. The monetary value of your truck accident claim has to do with the damages caused, how severe your injuries are, and what liable parties were involved.
A truck accident lawyer with experience in handling these types of claims can help you correctly put a value on your claim. They will know what damages you can pursue, including non-economic damages you may not experience immediately, and what is the best way to pursue damages in a way that can maximize your potential for compensation.
Liability in a Truck Accident Claim
The liable party in a truck accident claim is the party or parties whose negligent or intentionally harmful behavior leads to the truck accident. This does not have to be the driver of the truck, as an improperly loaded truck or defective car part can lead to a truck accident. In some cases, there could be multiple liable parties, as more than one party causes the truck accident. Each liable party can be held responsible for the damages they caused.
The following are some of the possible liable parties in a truck accident claim:
- Other drivers
- Truck loaders
- Road construction workers
- Trucking company
- Car part designers, manufacturers, distributors, and sellers
- Government entity
Damages in a Truck Accident Claim
Damages from a truck accident are the monetary losses you suffered from the truck accident and the way it affects your life in the aftermath. They can include losses that you have already suffered and those that you could incur later on in life. Economic damages, the most common type of damage, are monetary losses that you can point to a specific value. Non-economic damages are intangible losses that reflect the way your life changed on a day-to-day basis. A truck accident lawyer can help you assess current and future damages to determine the full cost of your truck accident claim.
The following are some of the damages you could incur from a truck accident:
- Medical bills
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Lost wages
- Property damage
- Disability costs
- Lost earning potential
- Loss of companionship
- Mental anguish
- Loss of consortium
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of society
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How Can a Truck Accident Lawyer Help You Recover Compensation for Damages?
To help with assigning a fair value to your claim, you could hire a truck accident lawyer. Their experience in handling truck accident claims can help you navigate the legal process for recovering compensation. They will know how to handle the process in a way that can maximize your potential for compensation.
A truck accident lawyer can also help negotiate a settlement with the at-fault party’s insurance company. An insurer will have their best interests in mind and try to deny, delay, or devalue your settlement. A truck accident lawyer can mitigate the effect of their tactics to put you in the best position to recover fair compensation for the full cost of your damages.
Contact The Russo Firm for Help With Your Truck Accident Claim
The Russo Firm has decades of experience helping victims of personal injury incidents, including car, motorcycle, and slip and fall accidents. If you were involved in a truck accident, our truck accident lawyers could help you recover compensation through personalized attention. We want to represent your interests fully to ensure you recover the total cost of your damages.
We offer free consultations so truck accident victims can learn how our truck accident attorneys can help them seek compensation for damages. Contact The Russo Firm today for a free consultation at (561) 270-0913 or leave a message on our online contact page.