Every year, more than 300,000 semi-trucks and other large vehicles are involved in crashes. When these accidents lead to injuries, one of the most common questions victims have is how much their potential accident claim is worth.
Truck accidents often involve serious injuries, or even death, simply because of the size of the vehicles involved. Large trucks can be 20 times heavier than regular cars, which means injuries can be that much more severe.
Fortunately for accident victims, trucks usually have commercial insurance policies with higher minimum coverage amounts. This is one of the many factors that determine the potential worth of your truck accident claim.
A truck accident also has more than one potential defendants, including the driver, the driver’s employer, manufacturers or companies that loaded cargo into the truck.
Deciding how much your claim’s value is not an easy task, but we can give you an idea of what compensation is generally based on. By better understanding how claims work, you’ll be able to decide if you have a strong truck accident injury claim.
Is There a Formula for Deciding Compensation?
Though it would be convenient, there is no hard-and-fast rule for determining how much you may be entitled to after a truck accident. You may find formulas that tell you to multiple your medical expenses three to five times, but there is no way to determine how much you’re really entitled to without reviewing the specific details of your case.
Medical bills are one factor that’s involved in your compensation, but you’ll also take into consideration time missed from work because of injuries, ongoing and future medical treatment, and compensation for pain and suffering.
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Avoiding Insurance Settlements
Often, it’s tempting to want to accept a financial settlement as soon as possible after a truck accident, but the best case scenario may be to avoid initial settlements before speaking with an attorney.
Insurance companies are focused on minimizing what they have to pay out for accidents, so your initial settlement offer is not always a reflection of your injuries – it’s based on their business model. For those reasons, it can be much more beneficial to contact an attorney before dealing with insurance companies’ settlement offers.
One of the most useful reasons for working with an attorney is that they’ll be able to review your case’s details in-depth and give you the best opportunity to maximize your compensation. You may be familiar with the facts of your accident, but the right attorney is familiar with the complex inner workings of truck accident claims, and they’ll be able to help you strengthen a legitimate accident case.
Putting a Dollar Amount to Your Injury Losses
Your medical expenses are a big part of what you’ll be owed as a victim, but you can receive additional compensation for missing work and any emotional trauma caused by the accident.
It may be easy to find out how much income you lost because of missed work, but determining compensation for pain and suffering isn’t quite as easy. The type of personal distress caused by an accident varies significantly from case to case, so this alone is one reason that you can’t assign an exact number to your claim right away.
Before focusing on compensation, it’s important to consider that you must have a legitimate claim before you’re awarded for any losses. Even if you believe your accident case to be an easy win, you must be able to prove that the driver of the truck was negligent, and that his or her negligence is what led to your injury.
There are a number of state, local and nationwide regulations that truck drivers and companies must adhere to, so proving negligence often means reviewing regulation violations and records to prove that the driver was negligent.
The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration and U.S. Department of Transportation both have truck driving regulations that, when violated, can prove a truck driver or company was negligent in their duty to avoid causing injury to others.
There are many ways to prove negligence, but the key is to remember that this should be the focus of your truck claim before trying to determine how much is owed to you. Your attorney can go into more detail about proving negligence during your initial conversations.
Different Types of Truck Accidents
Not all truck accidents are treated the same in court, so the type of accident you’re involved in can also affect how much you stand to receive for your injuries. There are straightforward truck accidents like rear-end accidents and head-on collisions where the truck drivers are more likely to be found being negligent, but there are other accidents, such as jackknifes and turning accidents, where the fault of the truck driver may not be as clear.
Road conditions, weather conditions and the location of the accident can also affect the outcome of your claim. When you take into consideration all these factors, you can see why contacting an attorney is often the only way to get a good estimate of your case’s potential.
Getting Help for Your Truck Accident Injuries in Arizona
The difference between unfair and fair injury compensation can come down to the experience of the attorney representing your claim. In the right hands, your attorney can build a strong case that proves negligence, highlights your injuries and suffering, and simplifies the process so you can focus on your future.
That’s our focus at JacksonWhite: helping you move forward after a traumatic accident. We understand that there’s no amount of money that can make up for your suffering, but you can take steps to get what you’re legally entitled to.
If you’ve been injured in an accident involving a large truck, we invite you to call injury attorney Jared Everton for your free case review. You’ll get a better idea of the strength of your accident case, and how we can help you get proper compensation for your injuries.
There’s no obligation to work with Jared, and there are no fees to get started. In fact, you won’t pay anything unless Jared wins your case. That’s just one more way we focus on giving our clients the best possible service during their legal journey.
At JacksonWhite, we’ll take the burden of your accident case so that you can focus on getting better and moving forward. We’ve helped thousands of accident victims in Arizona, and we can help you next.
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