Truck accident damages are similar to damages in other types of motor vehicle accidents. They include both economic and non-economic damages.
Below is a list of specific damages from each of these categories:
- Economic damages: Lost wages, lost employee benefits, lost earning capacity, medical expenses, incidental expenses (medical travel, etc.) and property damage.
- Non-economic damages: Pain and suffering, disfigurement, loss of quality of life, loss of consortium, emotional distress and more.
Additionally, punitive damages may be available in certain situations where the defendant’s conduct warrants punishment above and beyond compensatory damages.
Proving Truck Accident Damages
Often these damages require that an expert witness be called to court to testify. For example, future medical costs for a long-term disability can be difficult to determine.
The plaintiff may need to consult an expert to establish the total estimated costs of:
- doctor’s appointments;
- physical therapy;
- rehabilitation; and
- home modification.
Additionally, vocational experts may help determine the lost earning capacity in cases involving severe injuries or disabilities. Like in other cases, these damages are limited by the circumstances of the plaintiff. For example, a 65-year-old person would receive less money for lost earning capacity than a 30-year-old person because the 65-year-old would be expected to remain in the workforce for a shorter period of time.
Proving noneconomic damages can be much more difficult because they are intangible and don’t come with a receipt or bill that you’ve had to pay. Your attorney can help you establish the effects that the accident and your injuries have had on your life and come to a fair value for the damages.
Doylestown residences involved in these accidents should seek strong legal representation to help them avoid shouldering the entire cost of the accident themselves.
Who is responsible for damages in a trucking accident case?
There are many different parties involved in the trucking industry, some of these parties include:
- truck drivers;
- trucking companies;
- shippers; and
- parts manufacturers.
After an accident, any of these parties can be liable for the truck accident if their actions contributed to the crash. This often creates a difficult situation because each party may blame the other for fault in the accident.
It’s important to remember, though, that a trucking company can be vicariously liable for its employees’ actions. So if a truck driver caused the accident, then the employer, the truck company, can be responsible for paying truck accident damages.
Do I need a lawyer to pursue my claim?
It’s usually a good idea to hire a lawyer in a truck accident claim that caused serious injuries and significant damages. There are many different complex regulations governing these cases, and it’s difficult for laypeople to deal with the different parties in the industry without professional representation.
Cordisco & Saile helps accident victims in Doylestown pursue fair compensation for truck accident damages from responsible parties. Contact our office at 215-642-2335 to schedule a free consultation regarding your accident.