Any time a moving vehicle comes in contact with another vehicle, there is potential for injuries. However, when one of those vehicles is a commercial truck, the damages are likely to be massive.
A fully loaded commercial truck weighs hundreds of thousands of pounds. If the truck is traveling at even moderate speeds, stopping is going to require space. If an automobile is in that space, they will be run over.
This can result in serious injuries, and a truck accident law firm in Idaho can help. But what does the law say?
If we are hurt or if we suffered financially because of the negligence or actions of another person, they are required to pay.
Money cannot undo the damage. But, it is an option that can help with our recovery.
Types Of Damages
The following list of damages represents some of the more common damages to claim. However, your attorney will review the details of your particular case to determine if there are more damages that you are entitled to.
● Medical damages
The responsible party will have to pay for all of the medical costs associated with the accident. This includes hospital bills, ambulance fees, doctor bills, medications, physical therapy, and special equipment costs. It can also include the costs of getting you assistance to live in your home.
There are times when the accident is so traumatic that the person suffers emotionally. Sometimes they actually develop a form of PTSD. For example, an irrational fear of riding the highways because of the fear of accidents.
When an injury caused you to be unable to work, you lose wages that you would have been able to earn. You are entitled to the wages you would have earned if the accident had not disrupted your life.
An accident sometimes changes the abilities of the person for the rest of their lives. For example, if your job requires you to be able to lift up to 50 pounds, but the accident cost you that ability, you have lost earning capacity. In most cases, you can recover funds to cover the earnings that you will not be able to earn.
● Pain and suffering
When you are in an accident and are injured, you might suffer a substantial amount of pain. The pain can be temporary, or it can bother you for the rest of your life. The courts allow us to ask for compensation for the pain and suffering (physical and mental) caused by the accident.
● Punitive damages
Punitive damages are not always awarded. When the court finds the person who was responsible for the accident acted so carelessly that they deserve additional punishment; they are required to pay punitive damages.
● Property damage
The responsible person or parties are required to pay for the property that was damaged in the accident. This includes the automobile, and anything inside the automobile, that was damaged or destroyed. It also includes fences, yards, signs, and other physical property that must be repaired or replaced.
An accident with a truck is serious. Contact an attorney to help you get through the legal process.