Truck accidents can cause serious, extensive and costly damage to victims and their families. As a result, it is necessary for truck accident victims and their families to be familiar with the legal resources protecting them when they have been harmed in a truck accident.
Large trucks can weigh 25 times as much as the typical passenger vehicle which can pose a danger on the roadways when a truck driver or trucking company is negligent. The U.S. Department of Transportation reported that, during 2006, truck accidents accounted for 106,000 injuries to victims and 4,995 fatalities in fatal truck accidents. Because of the serious nature of truck accidents, it is important for truck accident victims and families to understand who may be liable to know how they can seek compensation for their damages.
Negligent truck drivers and negligent trucking companies can be liable for truck accidents depending on the situation and circumstances. Truck accident victims may be able to recover physical, financial and emotional damages from either a negligent truck driver or trucking company or both. The nature of the situation and the relationship between the parties are important determinations that are part of a personal injury claim for damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help truck accident victims recover medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages.
Victims and families impacted by the devastation of a truck accident should be aware of the legal protections and remedies that are available to them. Legal resources can help hold a negligent truck driver or trucking company responsible for their injuries accountable and assist victims so they can receive the help they need.