Truck accidents are those involving a large semi-truck (with a gross vehicle weight of greater than 10,000 pounds) and a passenger vehicle.
Truck accidents account for more than 200,000 crashes each year in the U.S. and often result in fatalities.
In 2007, large trucks accounted for 8 percent of all vehicles involved in fatal crashes and 4 percent of all vehicles involved in injury and property-damage-only crashes. One out of nine traffic fatalities resulted from a collision involving a large truck.
Involvement in a truck accident can lead to serious medical problems and loss of income. You may need to file a personal injury lawsuit against the trucking company responsible for your accident.
Because trucking accident injuries tend to be more serious and the insurance coverage higher, trucking accident settlements tend to be higher than typical car accident settlements.
In some cases, it may be possible to receive a fair settlement without going to court; however, in other cases, litigation may be required.
If you do go to court, the jury will likely analyze your case based on two types of damages—economic damages and non-economic damages.
Economic damages are those that are quantifiable and are fairly easy to estimate. In general, there is no limit to economic damages. Economic damages include past and future loss of earnings, past and future medical expenses, and other expenses associated with the injury.
Non-economic damages are often referred to as “pain and suffering” damages and can vary widely from jury to jury and from state to state. Some states have put a limit on non-economic damages.
Before signing any documents provided by the trucking company’s insurance provider, it is important to speak with a qualified truck accident attorney to ensure that you receive the most experienced legal help for your specific situation. Truck accident lawyers and attorneys specialize in the representation of truck accident victims and know the best course of action to take in your case.
This post was intended to provide general information only and is not intended as specific legal advice. You should not rely upon this information alone, but should consult legal counsel regarding the application of the laws and regulations discussed and as applied to your specific case or circumstance.