Truck accidents are serious accidents that can cause catastrophic injuries and death to victims. Serious injuries that can result from truck accidents can include brain injuries and spinal cord and back injuries. Because of the size disparity of semi-trucks compared to passenger vehicles they share the roadways with, victims of truck accidents hit in a passenger vehicle are more likely to sustain serious injuries than in some other types of accidents.
Victims of truck accidents may have their lives turned upside down by brain injuries, spinal cord and back injuries, broken bone injuries or soft tissue injuries all sustained in a truck accident. Victims may be left unable to work as they receive medical expenses to treat their injuries that may begin to pile up. As a result, personal injury legal options are available to help victims of truck accidents recover compensation for medical expenses, lost ages and pain and suffering damages.
Depending on the circumstances, and the relationship between the parties, both the truck driver and trucking company may be liable to compensate the victim for the harm they have suffered. Truck drivers and trucking companies may be considered negligent if the trucking company did not provide adequate training to the truck driver, the truck was not adequately maintained or the truck driver did not adhere to traffic laws.
When a truck driver or trucking company has been negligent, and a victim was injured as a result, victims and their families have important legal rights and protections to be familiar with. It is helpful for victims to be familiar with the legal resources available to them so they can focus on the recovery process following a truck accident.