Truck accidents can result in unexpected, catastrophic and life-changing injuries for truck accident victims and their families. Personal injury legal resources can help victims of truck accidents with the physical, financial and emotional damages, which is why it is worthwhile for victims and their families to be familiar with how a personal injury claim can help them after a truck accident.
Due to the size disparity between commercial trucks, such as 18-wheelers, and other passenger vehicles they share the roadways with, truck accidents can be the most devastating type of motor vehicle accident. The impact of a truck accident can cause physical, financial and emotional stress. Victims may face crippling injuries and medical bills and the emotional and financial stress that accompanies them while they are unable to work as they recover.
When a truck driver or trucking company has been negligent, and caused injuries or death, they may be liable to compensate the victim for their injuries. Truck drivers and trucking companies can be negligent if they fail to provide proper training such as training on how to safely secure and transport materials including hazardous materials; if they fail to properly maintain equipment or exceed allowable weight limits; and if they set unreasonable expectations and policies or engage in behaviors that lead to driver fatigue and drowsy driving which is always unsafe when behind the wheel and on the road. There are other ways that truck drivers and trucking companies may be negligent as well.
When a negligent truck driver or trucking company has caused a truck accident, one or both, depending on the circumstances, may be liable to compensate victims for their physical, financial and emotional damages. Truck accident victims may be able to recover compensation for whatever damages they have suffered. It is important for truck accident victims to know how a personal injury claim for damages can help them do that.