Though every car accident is serious, the size disparity between commercial trucks and other passenger vehicles make truck accidents the most serious type of accident which can result in serious and catastrophic injuries to victims. As a result, it is essential for victims of truck accidents and their families to be familiar with the legal options protecting them when they have been harmed in a truck accident.
The significant impact of a truck accident can be felt by victims for a long time following the accident. Victims of truck accidents can suffer injuries ranging from back injuries to traumatic brain injuries that can require ongoing treatment and care. Truck accident victims may also be unable to work to support themselves and their families after being injured in an unexpected truck accident. Personal injury legal protections are available to help victims of truck accidents, just like they are available to protect victims of car accidents, through their difficult time following a truck accident.
A personal injury claim for damages may be brought against a truck driver or trucking company, depending on who was negligent and, sometimes, the relationship between the parties. Truck drivers and trucking companies may be negligent when they are driving while fatigued or violate hours-of-service rules; driving while distracted by a GPS device, cell phone or for another reason; fail to properly maintain the truck which results in a dangerous mechanical failure or tire blow outs; drive while impaired; or drive inappropriately for traffic or weather conditions.
A claim for damages can help truck accident victims recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional injuries including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages from a negligent truck driver. Because truck accidents and truck accident liability can be complex, trained guidance through the process can be useful as truck accident victims seek the compensation they need to help them with their damages suffered in a truck accident.