Collisions involving trucks tend to be among the most devastating accidents. With millions of trucks driving on American roads, these crashes are not uncommon. Every year, around half a million trucking accidents result in 5,000 fatalities. Accident victims who are lucky to survive such impacts often sustain severe and life-changing injuries.
If you’ve been involved in a truck accident as a passenger, you have a right to demand compensation from those responsible. A lawyer can help you understand your rights as a passenger in a truck collision.
You Could Recover Various Truck Accident Damages
Many people believe that if they are involved in a truck accident, the at-fault party’s insurance provider is only required to cover their direct medical costs. However, car accident victims are owed much more. If your attorney can prove that the truck driver was at fault or responsible for the accident and your injuries, they will be compelled to compensate you for more than just your immediate treatment expenses.
Essentially, you are entitled to enough damages to compensate you for the myriad of ways the truck accident has disrupted your life. These damages attempt to give you the quality of life you enjoyed before the accident. If you have received life-changing injuries, the damages are meant to make the rest of your life as comfortable as possible.
The following are the types of damages you can collect after a truck accident:
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The Cost of Your Current and Future Medical Care
Most accident victims incur massive medical bills, given how severe truck crashes tend to be. With America’s healthcare costs said to be among the highest globally, many families have fallen into financial difficulty due to medical bills. Depending on the severity of your injuries, you’ll most likely be looking at thousands to tens of thousands of dollars in medical bills after a truck accident.
Here are some bills that will start coming as soon as you’re transported to the hospital and may keep coming for months:
- Ambulance rides, which can cost patients thousands of dollars
- Emergency medical treatment
- Prescription medication
- Follow up visits, checkups, and transportation costs
- Any future or long-term medical care due to your injuries
Ensure you seek medical treatment immediately after an accident and stick to your treatment plan. This will significantly increase your chances of surviving the crash and recovering from your injuries, and it will also show that your injuries were severe enough to warrant immediate treatment.
Physical and Emotional Suffering
These non-economic damages are designed to compensate accident victims for the pain and suffering they may have endured due to a truck accident. They do not have a specific set amount and will depend on a case-by-case basis.
Here are some examples of non-economic damages:
- Mental anguish
- Emotional and physical pain and suffering
- Humiliation, anxiety, and fear
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Loss of companionship
Calculating and proving non-economic damages can be pretty tricky, especially if you don’t have an attorney by your side. You may not even know that you are owed these damages without legal help.
Depending on how seriously you have been injured, you may be unable to work for days, weeks, or even months. The loss of income coupled with a sudden influx of medical bills could lead plenty of people into financial ruin. Fortunately, car accident victims are entitled to enough compensation to cover the wages they lost while injured and unable to work.
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Loss of Earning Capacity
If the truck accident leaves you with injuries that ultimately prevent you from going back to work, you can also sue for loss of earning capacity. Such a permanent or disabling accident wouldn’t allow you to earn an income and significantly worsen an already dire situation. Loss of earning capacity damages compensate you for losing the ability to earn income in the future.
You will be entitled to enough damages to cover the cost of repairing or replacing your vehicle after a truck accident. These damages will also cover personal items like jewelry, electronics, and prescription eyeglasses you were wearing during the crash.
Certain family members can sue for wrongful death damages if a loved one loses their life in a truck accident. Wrongful death will cover loss of companionship, lost wages and benefits, medical costs, pain and suffering endured by the victim before they passed, and funeral and burial costs.
Contact Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers to Learn More
Were you recently injured in a truck accident? Did a truck accident take the life of a loved one? You have a right to seek compensation from the liable parties.
At Isaacs & Isaacs Personal Injury Lawyers, our legal team has recovered $1 billion in settlements for our clients. We are ready to help you determine the type of damages you are owed and fight to get you maximum compensation. Contact us today for a free case review and more information.