Financial compensation is one of the main things on a person’s mind after they get into an accident involving a truck. Unlike smaller passenger vehicle collisions, truck accidents can never simply be overlooked with just a warning because of the massive amount of damage they often cause. Filing a lawsuit against a truck driver or the trucking company is required if the insurance company fails to offer a person a fair initial settlement offer.
A person is entitled to receive compensation for the following losses:
- Medical expenses
- Physical therapy
- Loss of a job, loss of earning potential, and loss of future income
- Pain and suffering experienced
- Loss of companionship
Apart from these losses, a person may also be eligible to make claims for punitive damages. Punitive damages are extra damages a person can request to penalize the driver for their negligent behavior. Punitive damages are usually only granted however if a person can prove the actions of the truck driver were done through malice or they were unreasonably negligent with no valid explanation for their behavior.
How much evidence do I need to prove the negligence of the truck driver?
To prove the truck driver or the trucking company was negligent, a person needs just enough evidence to prove to the court that the driver had a duty of care that they failed to carry out and this resulted in financial losses for the victim.
The evidence a person chooses to present in court can be anything from pictures of the scene of the accident to driving records of the truck driver proving they have a history of reckless driving. Getting one’s hands on this information can be very difficult and anyone who gets into a serious accident should make sure they first contact an attorney to help them gather the evidence and also to help them through the entire legal procedure.
Since truck accidents often result in thousands of dollars of damage, a person should do everything in their power to get a fair settlement to help them cover their losses. No one should have to worry about the financial damages they suffered after a collision, especially when they are trying to recover from the injuries they received and if they’re trying to overcome the emotional damage they suffered as a result of the collision. A legal professional can take care of the detailed legal matters while a person focuses on resting and recovering from their accident.
The sooner a lawyer is contacted, the better, as many pieces of time-sensitive evidence may lose their value unless they are secured and saved right after the collision takes place.