Representing the victims of personal injury is what our Fairfax, Virginia Law Firm does best. We know the nuanced legal system better than anyone else, and we have a proven record of winning cases for those who were injured in a truck accident. Were you hurt because of a truck driver’s negligence on the road? It’s not your fault. You shouldn’t have to endure a reduced quality of living because of someone else’s mistake. Victims of truck accidents often suffer from physical, emotional, and financial harm. It’s not okay, and our Fairfax personal injury attorney is here to help.
Common Truck Accident Cases
According to the Large Truck and Bus Crash Facts (or LTBCF) annual report, there was an overall increase in fatal truck accidents from 2015 to 2016. Over 4,400 trucks were involved in these catastrophic incidents. 119,000 people were injured in similar accidents involving big rigs, tractor trailers, or commercial truck drivers.
Commercial truck drivers are bound by state and federal regulations, which changes how personal injury cases are affected. Luckily, victims of truck accidents are more likely to reach a settlement or win a personal injury case than those who were hurt in car accidents. Part of the reason is that truck drivers are forced to carry larger premiums through their insurance providers, and the companies that employ them most often prefer to avoid the public spotlight of a long civil suit.
Truck accident cases can be affected by a number of factors, including:
- Weight of the rig
- How far the driver traveled prior to the accident
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving
- Tire quality
Because of the nature of truck accidents, injuries are often severe and life-threatening. They include:
- Whiplash. This occurs when a person’s head cracks back and forth like a whip during an accident and can lead to severe head, neck, and back damage. Symptoms include stiffness, headaches, pain, swelling, and muscle strain.
- Concussion. This occurs when a person endures a severe blow to the head. Symptoms include loss of consciousness, nausea, dizziness, vomiting, headache, and confusion. Contrary to popular belief, not all victims lose consciousness after a concussion.
- Eye Injuries. Flying glass often sends victims to the ER for painstaking surgery to remove glass shards.
- Internal Bleeding. This occurs when a person is involved in truck accidents at high speed. A victim’s body may be protected by the airbag, but internal organs don’t have one. When an impact occurs, it can turn deadly. Seek medical attention after an accident, no matter how small.
- Lacerations. Cuts and scrapes are common after an accident, but loose items will often cause more severe injuries during a truck accident.
- Broken Bones. Many victims incur broken ankles, wrists, and collar bones (where the seatbelt rests). Bruised or broken ribs are also common.
- Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Victims of car accidents are very susceptible to lasting psychological trauma, or PTSD. Temporary or permanent short-term amnesia is common. Many drivers are understandably afraid to return to driving after recovery.
How Compensation For A Truck Accident Is Calculated
When a person is involved in a truck accident, there are a number of factors that help determine the outcome of a new lawsuit. These include:
- Medical Bills. Past, present, and future medical expenses are included in this figure. The victim can recover expenses for doctor’s visits, extended hospital stays, and physical therapy.
- Pain, Suffering, and Emotional Distress. Most victims of truck accidents will recover from the shock, but many will experience ongoing physical and psychological trauma. The victim should keep a journal of daily thoughts, feelings, and pain levels throughout recovery.
- Lost Wages and Diminished Earning Potential. A victim is not responsible for lost wages when unable to work. These include any future wages that might be lost due to disability. If a victim is unable to find gainful employment because of new physical limitations, these damages can be recovered as well.
- Death. If a friend or family member was killed in the accident, victims can also file for wrongful death. They can recover funeral expenses, loss of financial support, or loss of inheritance.
Punitive Damages. When a truck driver’s employer knowingly or recklessly helped cause an accident, a judge may award punitive damages. These are meant to punish the defendant for wrongdoing.
How A Fairfax Truck Accident Lawyer Fights For You
There are a number of steps a personal injury attorney might take when approaching a client who was the victim of a truck accident. These include:
- Investigating the scene of the accident to determine the sequence of events that led to the accident. Was there negligence? How?
- Contacting the appropriate authorities and interviewing witnesses who may have more information to provide our legal team.
- Compiling documents relevant to a client’s case. Bills? Insurance? Future medical care?
- Contacting a client’s insurance providers, and those of the defendant, to ensure all sources of compensation are tapped.
- Contacting the negligent party’s legal team to make a fair and just settlement offer.
- Filing a claim in civil court.
Call A Fairfax Personal Injury Attorney Today!
Were you injured in a truck accident because of a driver’s gross negligence or misconduct? You may be entitled to a personal injury settlement or verdict based on state and federal laws that govern commercial truck driving. Our Fairfax, VA Law Firm has a personal injury lawyer ready to field your questions. Contact our office for a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer today!