Collisions between semitrucks and passenger vehicles rarely end well for those in the smaller vehicle. Victims often suffer from catastrophic injuries that may affect their lives forever. Common severe injuries associated with commercial trucking accidents include:
- Traumatic brain injury
- Internal injuries and bleeding
- Multiple broken bones and compound fractures
- Debilitating spinal cord damage
- Life-threatening crush injuries
Those who survive these accidents are lucky. Although victims feel grateful to be alive, they still have a long journey ahead to return to their regular lives. They will face substantial financial hardships along the way, as well.
When negligence plays a role in your injuries
In many cases, an accident is simply an accident and may not be avoidable. Other times, trucker or trucking company negligence leads to a collision. It is sometimes challenging to prove negligence against these parties. However, injury cases built around the following negligence elements often result in success.
- The truck driver was under the influence of alcohol or drugs at the time.
- The truck driver violated traffic laws (speeding, etc.), resulting in a crash.
- The truck driver violated commercial trucking regulations.
- The trucking company failed to keep the vehicle maintained and in proper working condition.
- The trucking company encouraged or demanded that the driver ignore regulations.
- The trucking company failed to conduct a background check on a driver that was not qualified to operate the vehicle.
As you can see, there are many solutions to consider when building an injury case against a trucker, a trucking company or both. When successful, the compensation you obtain can help ensure that you receive the medical care you need and deal with other expenses.
We encourage you to continue reviewing our website content to learn more about maximizing your compensation in the wake of a commercial trucking accident.