It is impossible to calculate the average settlement for a truck accident claim because the amount victims receive varies widely based on the circumstances of their accident. Compensation in a truck accident case will depend on the extent of the person’s injuries, whether the injured person was partially at-fault for the accident, and the non-medical costs they incurred.
A truck accident lawyer could provide a more accurate estimate of the damages you could recover in a truck accident claim.
Damages You May Recover After a Truck Accident
If you have been injured in a truck accident, you may receive compensation for your losses. The value of your damages directly correlates with your desired settlement amount.
Damages can be categorized in two ways: economic and non-economic. Economic damages include monetary losses that are easily quantified, while non-economic damages are more subjective.
Through a truck accident claim, you may be entitled to compensation for the following economic damages:
- Medical bills: These include any current or ongoing medical care and rehabilitation costs, such as physical therapy, occupational therapy, and any medications you may need.
- Future medical costs: A lawyer can help you estimate what your future medical costs might look like.
- Property damage: If your car or other property was damaged during the accident, you could be entitled to compensation for repair costs.
- Lost income: If your injuries prevented you from working, you might be entitled to compensation for your lost wages due to missed work. If your injuries have impaired your ability to do your job, you may also be entitled to compensation for your reduced earning capacity.
- Impairment to your income-earning ability: If you cannot work in the same capacity you did before the accident, you could include lost future earnings in your claim. Lost earning capacity is calculated by estimating the wages you would have earned if you had not been injured. Your age, health, and prior work history may influence the amount of compensation you receive for lost earning capacity.
“Non-economic damages” refers to damages that are abstract or hard to quantify. After a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation for your physical pain, mental and emotional suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and other types of non-economic damages.
- Pain and suffering: You can seek compensation for the pain and distress you endured because of injuries from the accident.
- Emotional distress: If you suffer from any emotional distress such as anxiety, depression, or post-traumatic stress disorder, you can seek compensation if you can prove these conditions are related to the truck accident.
A truck accident lawyer can calculate the value of your damages and tell you what a fair settlement amount would be for your claim.
Wrongful Death Damages
According to CC Art. 2315.2, if an individual dies due to the fault of another party, certain members of the decedent’s family may bring a wrongful death action. No dollar amount could ever truly compensate someone for the death of a loved one. However, compensation from a wrongful death claim may be a major source of financial relief after a tragic loss.
Damages in a fatal truck accident claim may include:
- Loss of income and benefits
- Lost domestic services
- Funeral and burial costs
- Medical bills from care the decedent received before their death
- Loss of the deceased person’s care
The amount of compensation a family member may receive after a fatal truck accident may be influenced by:
- Their relationship to the deceased person
- Their level of financial dependence on the deceased person
- The deceased person’s age and health
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Financial Compensation for Victims of Negligence
Because of their massive size, accidents involving semi-trucks or other large vehicles are often catastrophic. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), 112,000 large trucks were involved in injury-causing accidents in 2018 alone. During the same year, over 4,400 large truck accidents involved a fatality.
Negligence often causes truck accidents. Driver fatigue, drug and alcohol use behind the wheel, distracted driving, and other forms of negligent driving lead to thousands of truck accidents every year. The liable party for a truck accident might be the truck driver, the trucking company, the manufacturer of a faulty truck part, a government entity, or several other parties.
Severe and Disabling Injuries
One of the biggest factors influencing a truck accident settlement is the extent of the plaintiff’s injuries. Truck accidents often lead to severe injuries that significantly impact a person’s life. Truck accidents may result in:
- Deep lacerations
- Nerve damage
- Broken bones
- Disfiguring injuries
- Damage to internal organs
- Traumatic brain injuries
- Spinal cord damage
These injuries can incur tremendous medical expenses. Truck accident victims may be entitled to compensation for their past medical bills, as well as ongoing and future medical costs, including:
- Hospital bills
- Doctor’s appointments
- Medical tests
- Mental health treatment
- Physical therapy or other rehabilitative care
Another factor that may influence the settlement value in a truck accident claim is the victim’s prognosis. Victims who have suffered permanent loss of a body function or disability may be entitled to a greater amount of compensation than those with temporary injuries.
Common Ways Truck Accidents Happen
Truck accidents have similar causes to regular car accidents, although they can be more catastrophic because of the truck’s large size. Because of this, trucking companies must follow FMCSA regulations to reduce the possibility of an accident. Some of the possible causes of truck accidents include:
- Distracted driving
- Defective parts or tires
- Driver exhaustion or inexperience
- Violation of traffic laws, such as speeding or driving under the influence
- Overweight cargo or improper loading
Regardless of how the truck accident happened, we will fight to hold the liable party accountable.
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How Can a Lawyer Help You With a Truck Accident Claim?
The liable party needs to be held accountable after a truck accident. In most accidents, it is clear who is at fault for the crash. If defective parts on the truck caused the accident, it could be the trucking company’s fault. If the truck driver was driving recklessly or under the influence, the driver and/or their employer could be liable. Our attorneys will investigate to determine who the liable party is by:
- Reading the police report
- Collecting photo and video evidence if available
- Meeting with the police officers who arrived first on the scene
- Determining if any violations occurred during the time of the accident
- Deciding who is at fault
After a truck accident, it is important to focus on your recovery. A lawyer from our firm can be helpful in your case by:
- Offering a free consultation to review your case and answer your questions
- Handling all communications on your behalf with medical facilities, auto repair shops, insurance companies, and other parties involved in the case
- Preparing a settlement agreement with the liable party
- Litigating your claim if we cannot reach a settlement
- Being available 24/7 for status updates and to answer any questions you have
Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers for Help with Your Claim
If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident, a personal injury lawyer from Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers can help you. Call us today at (337) 777-7777 for a free, confidential case evaluation with a member of our team. We can discuss the potential settlement value for a truck accident claim like yours during this call.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers represents clients in Lafayette and other parts of Louisiana.