Trucking accidents often result in serious, debilitating, and permanent injuries (and unfortunately, often deaths). A fully-loaded tractor trailer may weigh up to 80,000 pounds (40 tons). The average weight of a passenger vehicle is roughly 4,000 pounds. Therefore, in a car versus truck accident, serious or deadly results often occur. If you or a loved one has suffered a serious accident involving a commercial truck, you need an attorney who has the knowledge, experience, and resources to properly handle a trucking accident claim.
Be assured, the insurance and trucking company already has a team of lawyers in place. Get help for yourself immediately by requesting a free consultation with truck accident lawyer Chris Hudson.
Complex Trucking Cases Require Experienced Trucking Attorneys
Trucking claims litigation is a highly specialized field of practice for lawyers. Other than the complexities involved with dealing with serious injury or death, there exist numerous other complications in truck accident cases, including: the involvement of federal regulations governing tractor trailers, the potential for multiple defendants in trucking cases, the extensive documents and records companies who operate tractor trailers are required to keep, the need to examine the vehicle's Electronic Control Module (the "ECM"), which electronically records data such as speed and brake system operation at the time of the accident, and the costs associated with properly making a claim arising from a trucking accident.
Truck Accidents Often Result in Serious Injuries, Including:
- Brain injuries
- Burn injuries
- Back and Neck injuries
- Broken bones
- Scarring and Disfigurement
- Soft tissue injuries
- Whiplash injuries
If the accident was not your fault, do not settle for anything less than recovery for the full value of your injuries.
Wrongful Death Claims and Trucking Accidents Often Overlap
Unfortunately, car versus semi-truck accidents often result in the loss of life. If you have lost a loved one due to an accident with a tractor trailer or 18-wheeler, you are entitled to compensation for the full value of your loved one's life. Also, in pursuing a wrongful death claim, you also have a unique opportunity to make sure the at-fault party's mistake is addressed so that justice is served with hopes that more lives are saved in the future.
Types of Damages Recoverable in Trucking Accidents
Personal injury claims generally have three components: special damages, general damages, and punitive damages. Special damages are specific economic expenses while general damages are non-economic costs and may vary considerably from situation to situation. Punitive damages are punishments doled out for malicious or particularly negligent behavior.
Special damages are out-of-pocket economic damages resulting from the accident, including:
- Property Damages
- Medical Bills (both past and future)
- Pharmacy Bills (both past and future)
- Lost Wages
- Lost Earning Capacity
Examples of general damages that one may receive as a victim of another's negligence include:
- Physical Pain and Suffering
- Physical Disfigurement
- Physical Impairment
- Lowered Quality of Life
- Mental Anguish
- Anxiety, Shock, and Worry
In truck accident cases, there may be aggravating circumstances that could also warrant punitive damages. This type of damages is awarded to a plaintiff to deter the defendant from engaging in certain conduct. These damages are usually awarded if the defendant's actions showed willful misconduct, malice, fraud, wantonness, oppression, or a conscious indifference to the consequences of his actions. If any of these things can be demonstrated, then you may be entitled to punitive damages.
If you have been in a trucking accident, truck accident attorney Chris Hudson and his team have the resources to immediately get to work to protect your rights and make sure you are treated fairly and justly compensated. We serve Georgia and South Carolina from our office in Augusta, call us today at 706-863-6600 for a free case analysis.