There are many different types and severities of damages following a truck accident. As a victim of a truck accident, you must establish the negligence of the liable party, cause of the accident, and the damages following the truck accident.
Serious damage and death stem from truck accidents due to the large size and weight of trucks. The most common damages sued for following a truck accident include medical expenses, lost wages, punitive damages, and pain and suffering.
Medical expenses are the most common type of claimed damages following a truck accident. A medical expense claim demands compensation for all medical appointments, treatment, hospitalization, physical therapy, equipment, and beyond, including past-due medical costs and future medical costs.
The compensation for medical expenses is often determined by reviewing medical reports and a health care provider’s written testimony. A thorough and detailed evaluation must be available for a court to award financial compensation.
As a result of time lost due to the injury or even disabilities suffered, you can sue the liable party for lost wages. This helps you recover lost income, productive time, and other possible wages that would have been earned if the accident had not happened. When deciding your total amount of future wage loss as a result of your injury, get an accurate forecast from an economist or financial expert.
Punitive damages focus on the wrongdoing of the offender rather than the victim’s injuries. The accident victim can file for punitive damages if their legal counsel can prove that the wrongdoers’ actions are malicious or fraudulent.
The amount of punitive damages to collect depends on the severity of the defendant’s misconduct, as well as the at-fault party’s economic status. For instance, large companies often pay more for punitive damages.
Pain and Suffering
Pain and suffering damages include emotional distress and psychological problems that a victim may face as a result of the accident. Unfortunately, there is no yardstick or established formula for measuring pain and suffering. It varies from case to case, with factors being the location of the accident, the severity of the injuries afflicted, and how well the case is presented.
Who Can Sue Following a Truck Accident?
Anyone who is a victim or suffers a consequence of the negligent operation and maintenance of a truck by the truck company or its representative can make a truck accident claim. This includes passengers of the truck, another vehicle, motorcyclists, pedestrians, or anyone who sustained an injury from the truck accident.
In a case where the other party is responsible or even partly responsible for the accident, the truck driver can also file for a lawsuit. It is also possible for a plaintiff to get reduced compensation in the event that he or she is partly responsible for the accident.
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