Truck accidents happen on America’s roadways every day. When a truck collides with a passenger vehicle, a bicyclist, a motorcyclist, a pedestrian, or a bus, injuries are likely to occur. When injuries result from a truck accident, the victim can pursue monetary compensation for any related damages he or she suffered through a personal injury claim.
A commercial truck is much larger, much heavier, and much more powerful than your car. When you are involved in a collision with a truck, you are far more likely to be injured or killed than the truck driver. After a truck accident, seek medical attention for your injury as soon as possible.
Truck accidents, like car accidents, have a variety of causes. Sometimes, they are nobody’s fault – heavy rainfall might make the roadway slick and reduce visibility or high winds can push vehicles out of their lanes. When one or more parties’ actions cause an accident, they are deemed to be negligent. Negligence comes in many forms, including:
This last type of negligence is a serious concern for truck drivers and the people who share the road with them. To combat drowsy, dangerous driving, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) enforces specific hour limits and break requirements for commercial truck drivers.
There are many ways you can be injured in a truck accident. These include:
An injury sustained in a truck accident can leave you permanently disabled. In some cases, it can also end your life. When a victim dies in a truck accident, his or her loved ones can pursue compensation for their related damages through a wrongful death claim.
Through a personal injury claim, you can pursue monetary compensation for the following truck accident damages:
Your lawyer can help you accurately identify all of your damages and value them for your claim. He or she can also determine the correct insurance provider with which to file your claim and whether it is in your best interest to file a lawsuit instead of an insurance claim. The insurance provider with which to file your claim depends on a few factors, including the cause of your accident and whether the truck driver was an owner-operator or an employee of his or her company.
If you are facing financial damages after being injured in a truck accident that was not your fault, you can pursue monetary compensation for your damages with the aid of an experienced personal injury lawyer. To get started on your claim, contact our team at Holland & Holland today to set up your initial legal consultation in our office.
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