Truck accidents can be devastating for victims simply because of the size of trucks alone and the damages they can cause. This is because, when fully loaded, commercial trucks can weight as much as 80,000 pounds. Many passenger vehicles weigh around 4,000 pounds which means that a collision with a semi-truck can cause catastrophic harm to victims.
Because victims of truck accidents can suffer catastrophic harm, they commonly need help with their medical expenses to treat the injuries they have suffered; lost wages while they are unable to work as they recover; and pain and suffering damages for the emotional trauma often associated with a truck accident.
Depending on the circumstances, truck drivers and trucking companies may be liable for the harm suffered by truck accident victims and their families. To determine negligence, a variety of considerations will be taken into account. When Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration regulations have been violated, such as when a driver fails to take required breaks or is distracted while driving, they may be considered negligent and liable to the victim for the damages they have suffered.
Truck drivers and trucking companies may be negligent in a variety of ways including driving while fatigued; driving while impaired; driving while distracted; or by failing to adjust to weather or traffic conditions. When a truck driver or trucking company has been negligent, they may be liable to the victim for their physical, financial and emotional damages suffered. Truck accident victims may suffer harm well into the future because of a truck accident which is why they should be familiar with the legal protections available to them.