The individual sustaining injuries when involved in an accident with a commercial truck must determine his or her extent of damages. The question then becomes: How much is appropriate to ask, in the form of a settlement, with regard to expenses incurred as a result of the accident?
The following list is relative in determining the proper extent of damages in way of a settlement against a commercial carrier:
*Many persons are hospitalized as a result of an accident: Medical expenses such as the ambulance cost, visits to the healthcare facility, physician visits, in-home care as a result of the accident are evaluated.
*Pain and suffering expenses: The term pain and suffering is recognizable to most of the general public; however, many individuals are not fully familiar with what the term means. The term is associative with physical and mental stressors which have resulted from the accident with the commercial carrier. The passenger car victim, seeking compensatory relief, may be experiencing physical pain as a result of the accident, continual anxiety, and stress with regard to paying medical expenses as well as other issues surrounding the accident’s impact.
*Loss of wages: The settlement, many times, includes an individual’s lost wages. The lost wages refers to a person’s loss of pay due to the aftermath associated with the accident; or follow-up visits to a health care provider, during hours of work, as a result of treating injuries sustained during the course of the accident.
*A loss as to earning capacity: In many cases a person may have lost his or her ability to make money due to impairment associated with the accident.
*A loss as to companionship: An individual may have suffered from a diminished social life or as a result of the accident, lost the comfort of a companion. The loss of companionship may be the loss of a relationship or affection associated with a marriage.
*Other damages: Special damages is a broad general category and covers any monetary loss after the accident.
A trucking accidents lawyer is the best person to consult after a collision or accident with a commercial truck. Any passenger car driver involved in an accident with a commercial truck driver is wise to contact us as soon as possible after the occurrence of the accident. We offer a free consultation and can advise the person sustaining injury the best course of action to take against the trucking company and/or driver.