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What Damages Can I Collect for a Truck Accident?

Damages You Could Collect for Your Truck Accident Injuries

Following a truck accident, you likely have a lot of piling medical expenses and an insurance claim that simply won't cut it. If you can prove negligence caused your injuries, you maybe able to recover economic and non-economic damages. However, the extent of your injuries and how the accident occurred will determine the type and amount of financial awards you may seek. If you or a loved one is involved in a truck collision, you may have suffered serious injuries or even wrongful death. A truck accident lawyer can help determine the damages you qualify for and help you seek the compensation you deserve from the liable party.

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Damages You May Collect For a Truck Accident Claim

After truck accidents occur, there are two types of damages you may recover: economic damages and non economic damages. For financial recovery of any type to occur, you need to collect evidence and seek legal advice right away.

Economic Damages

Economic damages are those that are measurable and contain a set dollar amount as the result of truck accident claims.

These damages may include:

  • Medical bills (including future medical care, medical attention, etc.)
  • Additional healthcare expenses (rehabilitation, durable medical equipment, etc.)
  • Lost wages
  • Loss of future wages
  • Funeral and burial expenses

In order to collect these losses, you need to keep a record of medical records, have a doctor to help you calculate the trajectory of your injuries to determine future expenses, collect pay stubs, record physical pain, etc.

If a wrongful death case emerges as a result of personal injury from the accident, you will also need funeral and burial costs, as funeral costs do not come out of medical damages collected.

Non-Economic Damages

For those losses that do not involve a set dollar amount, the court will assign a non-economic reward.

To collect compensation for non-economic damages, you must establish that the following occurred:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Diminished quality of life

If the driver’s behavior was particularly reckless, the court may also add punitive damages to your award. Punitive damages are given in addition to the economic and economic awards.

Do I need a truck accident attorney to recover the maximum compensation?

Patrick M. ReganNo one can force you to hire a truck accident attorney. However, there are benefits to doing so. The main being that you will likely be granted more damages for the truck accident than if you had handled the claim or lawsuit on your own.

A truck accident attorney can help you collect the maximum damages for a truck accident by:

  • Gathering the evidence needed to prove liability. This includes police reports, mechanic bills, witness testimony, video and photo surveillance, etc.
  • Negotiating with the insurance companies. The insurance will try to say you were at fault in some way for the accident, causing you to receive less compensation than you deserve. A lawyer will be able to handle these adjusters.
  • Represent you in communications. Emotions will be high, especially if you are recovering from severe injuries. An attorney can represent you in communications and keep you informed of what’s happening to your claim or case.
  • Represent you in court. While most personal injury cases are settled out of court, sometimes you’ll have no choice but to take your claim to a judge. However, negotiations can occur at this point.

The most important thing is that you do not accept a settlement offer from the insurance companies until you have met with an experienced truck accident attorney. Otherwise, you will be barred from collecting further compensation.

Truck Accidents and Injuries

Given the sheer size of semi-trucks versus passenger cars, it’s no surprise that truck accident victims often become severely injured, even in the most minor of accidents involving these large trucks.

The average semi-truck is 40 tons or 80,000 pounds, while the average automobile is only 5000 pounds, meaning property damage is extensive.

Though semi-truck drivers must abide by rigorous state and federal laws, when a truck driver acts negligently, the trucking company does not practice their due diligence, or mechanical failure occurs, these motor vehicle collisions can occur resulting in devastating consequences.

Proving Liability in a Truck Accident Injury Lawsuit

Truck Crashing into Passenger CarIn order to begin the process of collecting recoverable damages for your truck accident injuries, you must first prove liability against the other driver. This includes understanding fault and no-fault insurance policies.

If you live in a no-fault state, your insurance will cover injuries and related damage up to a set amount. However, each state has minimum coverage limits that insurance companies must offer, so be sure to check with your policyholder. If your truck accident claim exceeds that amount, you may be able to go directly after the other driver to recover the remainder of your losses.

In fault states, the driver who caused the accident has to use their insurance to pay for your losses. But to do so, you must prove liability against the trucker. In these cases, your insurance company will begin an investigation to determine fault. Sometimes, the driver or the truck company may offer a settlement quickly–but that does not mean you have to take it.

Instead, meet with truck accident lawyers who can help you calculate medical costs and damages to cover the cost of your vehicle. In the case that you may be accused of also being at fault, an experienced truck accident lawyer will be able to help you negate liability by proving the truck driver, trucking company, manufacturer, etc., was not exercising reasonable care.

How do truck accidents happen?

Truck accidents happen for a variety of reasons however, some of the causes may lead to a greater sum of compensation to you as a victim, especially if the truck driver was negligent.

Common causes of truck accidents that show the truck driver was negligent include:

While there are instances where the driver may not have been negligent yet the crash still occurred, you will need a truck accident attorney who can navigate these claims and determine why the accident occurred.

Meet With a Truck Accident Attorney Today

If you or a loved one were involved in an accident with a large truck, a passionate lawyer from Regan Zambri Long is here to help you seek compensation. For years, we have helped car accident victims collect damages and, in the case of a wrongful death claim, helped surviving family members pursue compensation following a free legal consultation.

If you live in Washington, DC, Maryland, or Virginia, a truck accident attorney at Regan Zambri Long can provide a free case evaluation. Depending on the conditions of your truck accident case, we may be able to help you recover damages for your losses.

Schedule your free consultation and begin forming an attorney-client relationship by calling (202) 960-4746 or completing our online form.

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