The following types of injuries are associated with trucking accidents:
- Head and neck injuries
- Back and spine injuries
- Bone fractures
- Burn injuries
- Sprains and strains
- Fatal injuries
If you or a loved one was injured in a trucking accident, a personal injury lawyer from our firm can help you prepare and file an insurance claim or lawsuit against the at-fault driver. In addition, families that have lost a loved one in a trucking accident may qualify to file a wrongful death action, which our legal team can help you with as well.
Trucking Accidents Can Lead to Various Types of Injuries, Including Fatal Injuries
The size, weight, and height discrepancy between a large truck and a passenger vehicle might lead to injuries ranging from minor to catastrophic. Specific injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries (TBIs)
- Chronic back pain
- Spinal cord injuries
- Varying degrees of paralysis
- Broken ribs
- Broken limbs
- Broken collar bones
Additional injuries that may occur in trucking accidents include severe burns, internal bleeding, muscle sprains and strains, and limb amputations.
Truck Accident Victims May Qualify to Pursue Compensation
If you or a loved one suffered one or more of these injuries (or any injury not listed in this article), you may qualify to file a personal injury claim for your trucking accident. We can assign a lawyer to your case to represent you and investigate the incident to retrieve evidence that supports your claims.
Your case argument for pursuing compensation should generally involve these elements:
- The truck driver or another related party owed you a duty of care to abide by traffic laws when driving on the road.
- The defendant breached their duty of care through their actions or inactions. For example, the truck driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident.
- Because of the defendant’s breach, they caused an accident. For example, if the truck driver was intoxicated, this reduced their judgment and led them to run a red light, hitting your vehicle.
- You suffered injuries and other damages in the accident or because of it.
Our legal team can help you put your case together once we review what factors led to your injuries and subsequent damages.
Families Can Fight for Victims who Suffer Fatal Injuries
Trucking accidents can also cause fatal injuries. According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS), the smaller vehicle drivers and passengers are at increased risk of fatalities in a large-truck-versus-car collision.
We want to extend our condolences to any families who lost a loved one in a truck accident, as we know how difficult an unexpected death is to process. You may qualify to file a wrongful death action, which can help cover practical expenses related to your loved one’s death. The recoverable damages often include:
- Funeral expenses
- Loss of consortium
- Loss of financial support
- Loss of parental guidance or companionship
We’ll manage your case for you and serve as your family’s personal representative.
You Could Recover the Cost of Treating Your Trucking Accident Injuries
The cost of treating the injuries associated with your truck accident can be extensive and long-lasting. However, you might be able to collect compensation for these expenses. These costs may include:
- Ambulance fees
- Emergency treatment
- Hospital admissions
- Required medication
- Assistive medical devices
- Required medical treatments
- Necessary rehabilitations
- In-home medical care
Your lawyer can assess your injuries, calculate their costs, and assign an accurate value to your personal injury lawsuit. Our team will also consider future damages you might experience – such as expenses for surgeries you will likely require for your injuries—and factor this into the total amount of compensation we pursue on your behalf.
You May Qualify for Other Recoverable Damages Related to Your Injuries
Medical bills are not the only types of damages that you may be able to recover. If your trucking accident injuries prevent you from returning to work for any length of time, you could compel the at-fault party to compensate you for this loss of income as well. Within damages related to income, you could demand compensation for:
- Current and future loss of income
- Reduced earning potential
- Loss of benefits packages, including pension plans
- Loss of job opportunities or promotions you were qualified to receive before your injuries
Our team can consult vocational experts to verify these damages or refer to salary information you have, such as tax returns from previous years.
Pain and suffering and other non-economic damages
You might also qualify to recover compensation for non-economic damages related to the ways your injuries impact your life. These damages may include:
- Pain and suffering
- Emotional distress
- Mental anguish
On your own, assessing the monetary value of your non-medical expenses can be complex and challenging. When our team represents you, we take steps to compile the necessary proof of the accident’s financial impact.
We Build Truck Accident Cases By Collecting Supporting Documents
Our legal team may request a plethora of documents and evidence to help establish the cause of your trucking accident and the resulting expenses and losses. To prove that another party was responsible, one of our personal injury lawyers will seek evidence such as:
- The crash report
- Witness statements
- Accident photos
- Video footage
To prove the cost of your injuries, your lawyer will request your:
- Medical records
- Medical bills
- Rehabilitation bills
- Therapy bills
In addition to the information listed above, your lawyer may request your tax records, business records, check stubs, and other proof of your loss of income.
Hiring a Trucking Accident Lawyer has Many Benefits
When you hire a trucking accident lawyer to fight for compensation after your collision, they will take the following actions on your behalf:
- Communicating with all parties for you
- Reading and reviewing your crash report and medical records
- Locating and interviewing accident witnesses
- Obtaining maintenance records for the at-fault truck
- Building a solid evidence file of supportive documents
- Calculating the financial impact of the accident
- Assigning a financial value to your potential recovery
- Filing your insurance claim and/or lawsuit
With regular updates on your case and responsive communication, our team can help you measure the pros and cons of each settlement offer you receive. Your lawyer can also represent you on trial if a settlement agreement cannot be reached.
Morelli Law Firm Is Here to Help You
A collision with a large truck could leave you with serious injuries that require substantial recovery time. While your health care team helps you determine what injuries are associated with your trucking accident, Morelli Law Firm may be able to help you fight for compensation.
You do not have to fight for your financial recovery alone. Contact the client support team at Morelli Law Firm by calling (212) 751-9800. We offer free case reviews to truck accident victims and may be able to offer you support and guidance at this difficult time.