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3 damages you can pursue after a semi-truck accident

On Behalf of | Jan 25, 2024 | Semi/Tractor-Trailer Accidents

Naturally, the amount and types of damages you can collect after a semi-truck accident hinge on the extent of your injuries and the circumstances of your personal injury case. If you qualify for financial compensation, you may secure non-economic and economic damages or even both to help regain your financial stability and benefit from an eased recovery process.

Semi-truck accidents occur for a myriad of reasons, including human error. Suppose you have suffered serious or fatal injuries in a motor vehicle accident triggered by a semi-truck driver’s negligence. In that case, you should determine the damages you may qualify for to pursue a fair compensation amount from the at-fault truck driver. The following are some of the most common economic damages awarded under circumstances like yours.

Property damage compensation

When a semi-truck collision occurs, one of the immediate concerns is the damage to your vehicle because of the sheer size and weight of these large vehicles. Property damage compensation can cover the costs associated with repairing or replacing your car. This includes the visible external damage and the internal components affected by the accident.

In the aftermath of a crash, it’s essential to document the damages thoroughly. Take pictures, gather witness statements and obtain a copy of the police report. Presenting a comprehensive overview of the property damage can strengthen your claim, potentially increasing the likelihood of receiving full compensation.

Medical expenses recovery

After a semi-truck accident, seeking medical attention is paramount. Medical expenses, including hospital bills, rehabilitation and medication expenses, can quickly accumulate. It’s your right to seek compensation for all the medical expenses accumulated due to the accident.

When pursuing a claim for medical expenses, try to ensure you keep detailed records of all treatments, prescriptions and related costs. This meticulous documentation can serve as crucial evidence when negotiating with the truck driver’s insurance companies or filing a lawsuit.

Lost wages and future earnings

A semi-truck accident can lead to injuries that result in temporary or permanent disability, potentially preventing you from working. In such cases, you may be entitled to compensation for lost wages and potential future earnings.

Document the time you’ve taken off work due to injuries sustained in the accident. If the injuries have long-term implications for your career, consult with a vocational expert to estimate potential future earnings. This approach can strengthen your case for obtaining fair compensation related to the impact that the collision has had on your financial stability.

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