Truck accidents can cause a variety of different types of harm including injuries and death. Though the legal process cannot change what has happened, fortunately, personal injury and wrongful death legal options are available to help victims harmed in a truck accident. Victims may need to pursue help with damages from a negligent truck driver or trucking company responsible for the accident and harm suffered.
Truck accidents may result from overloaded semi-trucks and unsafe loads; a drunk truck driver; a speeding or reckless driver; a distracted truck driver who is talking a cell phone or texting while driving; a truck driver experiencing truck driver fatigue that be the result of violations of rest and break regulations; a poorly trained truck driver; improper truck maintenance; defective truck running lights; or a truck making an unsafe emergency stop.
Truck accidents can be unexpectedly overwhelming to truck accident victims and their families. Victims may be able to recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, pain and suffering and wrongful death damages through claim for damages. Depending on the relationship between the parties, a truck driver or trucking company may be liable to the victim and their family for damages.
Truck accidents can be so catastrophic in nature due to the size and weight of trucks compared to other passenger vehicles which is why it is important for victims of truck accidents and their families to be aware that legal protections are available to help them. The legal process can help victims focus on the physical, financial and emotional recovery process following a truck accident.