There is no doubt that a truck accident can leave victims in severe physical, emotional, and financial turmoil.
Due to trucks’ immense size and weight, those who really pay the price in any truck accident are passenger vehicle occupants. In the wake of such a devastating incident, passenger vehicle occupants may be left with monumental costs in medical bills and lost wages.
Below, our Sacramento personal injury attorneys discuss the damages that these victims may be able to recover from liable parties.
Who’s Liable in a Truck Accident?
The first step in recovering damages after a truck accident is to identify any and all liable parties.
Since trucks are commercial vehicles, there are numerous parties involved in their maintenance and operation. As such, there are several entities that may have played a role in an accident involving a vehicle from their company’s fleet.
The parties that may be held liable for damages in a truck accident include, but are not limited to, the following:
The truck driver, if they drove while drunk or distracted, or did not take adequate breaks to prevent drowsiness at the wheel
The trucking company, if it hired a driver who should not have been on the road, or did not inspect and maintain its fleet properly
The cargo loaders, if they were negligent in ensuring the truck’s cargo would not shift and lead to a loss of control during the journey
What Damages Can I Recover After a Truck Accident?
With the help of an experienced personal injury attorney, you may be able to recover the following damages in the wake of a truck accident:
Past and future medical bills
Past and future lost wages
Pain and suffering
Loss of consortium
Taking on a large trucking company requires dedication and expertise. At Kershaw Talley Barlow, we have the skills and resources needed to protect clients’ rights against large corporations.
We encourage you to contact us today at (916) 520-6639 to schedule a free consultation with our team.