We understand that you are looking for a number. You want to know how much money you can recover after you’ve been hurt in a truck crash. However, the value of every truck accident case is unique and dependent upon the specific facts of the case. Accordingly, we can’t give you an accurate estimate of the value of your case without speaking to you directly and learning more about your claim.
Instead, what we can do is tell you what kinds of damages are available, what factors may affect your fair recovery, and how to contact us for a free and confidential consultation.
Types of Damages You Can Recover After a Truck Accident Injury
If you have been injured in a truck accident that was caused by the trucker, the trucking company, or another party, you may be able to recover compensation for your past, current and future:
- Medical expenses. Medical expenses include all of the costs related to your healthcare. This could include, but is not limited to: ambulance fees, hospital stays, surgeries, doctors’ visits, medications, rehabilitation therapies, and assistive medical devices.
- Lost income. Whether you experience a complete loss of income or your income has gone down because you are no longer able to work the same job or the same hours you did prior to the crash, you can recover for your loss. Lost income should include your wages, benefits, or money that you earned from being self-employed.
- Out-of-pocket costs. Some truck accident victims have significant out-of-pocket costs for things such as property damage, alternative transportation costs, childcare, and household help.
- Pain and suffering. Your physical pain and emotional suffering may be your greatest costs and they are compensable in a truck accident case.
However, before you can recover any of these damages, you will need to take action. You will need to contact an attorney, negotiate with the insurance company, and be prepared to take your case to court.
Factors That May Impact Your Recovery
The value of your damages may be disputed. The insurance company or defendant will likely argue that you should recover less compensation than you deserve. Accordingly, the specific amount that you recover will either need to be negotiated with the insurance company or decided in court. Some of the factors that will influence the amount of your recovery include:
- The quality of the available evidence. In order to recover damages, you will need to prove two things. First, you will need to prove that the defendant is legally responsible for the crash and, thus, legally responsible for paying your damages. Second, you will need to prove the value of your damages. In order to prove both of these things, you will need evidence. Evidence may include photos from the accident scene, deposition testimony, expert witness testimony, medical records, and other things. The stronger your evidence, the more likely you are to make a fair recovery.
- Whether you were partly to blame for the crash. Georgia follows a modified comparative negligence system of recovery. That means that you may still recover damages if you were partly to blame for the crash as long as you were less than 50% responsible for the accident. Your damages may be reduced by the percentage of fault attributable to you.
- How well you, or your attorney, advocate for your recovery. You, or your attorney, will need to convince the insurance company or court of the other party’s liability and of the value of your damages. This means knowing how to use the evidence to make strong and convincing legal arguments so that a favorable settlement or verdict can be reached.
These factors may increase or decrease your recovery, and should always be considered when estimating the value of your lawsuit.
Get the Answers You Need Before You File a Lawsuit
Before you file a truck accident case, you will probably want to do a cost benefit analysis. You will want to know what your potential recovery is before you decide whether or not to file a claim. We can help you make that decision by providing you with personalized information based on the unique facts of your case. Please start a live chat with us now to schedule your free consultation and we will help you get the answers you need and the recovery you deserve.