It is hard 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.
Through a truck accident claim, you may be entitled to compensation for:
- Medical bills
- Future medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost income
- Impairment to your income-earning ability
- Non-economic damages such as pain and suffering
A truck accident lawyer may be able to calculate the value of your damages and tell you what a fair settlement amount would be for your claim.
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.
Truck accidents are often caused by negligence. 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 a number of other parties.
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Severe Injuries and Injuries Resulting in Disability
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 have a major impact on 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. Victims of truck accidents may be entitled to compensation for their past medical bills as well as ongoing and future medical costs, including:
- Hospital bills
- Doctor 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.
Compensation for Lost Income and Lost Earning Capacity
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.
Lost earning capacity is calculated by estimating the wages the injured person would have earned if they had not been injured. The amount of compensation you may receive for lost earning capacity may be influenced by your age, health, and prior work history.
Pain and Suffering and Other Non-Economic Damages
“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.
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Wrongful Death Damages
According to CC Art. 2315.2, if an individual dies due to the fault of another party, certain members of the deceased person’s family may bring a wrongful death action. There is no dollar amount that 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 prior to their death
- Loss of the deceased person’s care
The amount of compensation that 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
Contact Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers for Help with Your Claim
If you or a loved one was hurt in a truck accident, 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 average settlement for a truck accident claim like yours during this call.
Laborde Earles Injury Lawyers represents clients in Lafayette and other parts of Louisiana.