Truck accidents can visit devastation on victims and their families. The average commercial truck can weigh more than 25 times the average passenger vehicle it shares the roadway with which is why truck accident victims and their families need to be familiar with the legal protections available to them if they are harmed in a truck accident.
During 2006, the U.S. Department of Transportation reported that 106,000 victims were injured in truck accidents and 4,9995 victims were killed in fatal truck accidents. Truck accidents can take place for a variety of reasons but when a truck driver or trucking company has negligently caused a truck accident, one or both of them may be liable to compensate victims for the damages they have suffered. Victims and their families may be able to recover medical expenses, funeral expenses, lost wages, loss of support and services and pain and suffering damages depending on the circumstances.
Truck accidents can result in serious, and catastrophic, injuries to victims and may even result in death. Because of the serious nature of truck accidents, it is important that victims and their families are familiar with personal injury and wrongful death legal options available to protect them when harmed. Victims of a truck accident may be able to recover compensation for their physical, financial and emotional harm and surviving family members of a loved one killed in a fatal motor vehicle accident, such as a fatal truck accident, may also be able to recover compensation for the damages they have suffered.
It is necessary for victims of truck accidents and their families to know how to protect their interests and the legal resources available to help them. Whether a truck accident victim is recovering from a catastrophic injury, or family members are trying to recover from the unexpected loss of a loved one in a truck accident, the legal remedies available to them can be important for their daily lives following a truck accident.