Truck Accident FAQs
I was injured in a truck accident when my car was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer. Who pay my medical bills?
Any person or entity that was at fault for causing the truck accident can be sued to recover your damages. This include the following: the truck driver, the employer of the driver, the owner of the tractor, the owner of the trailer, the company identified/advertised on the trailer and the owner of the goods being shipped.
This is another way in which truck accidents are different than other motor vehicle cases. Expert witnesses with specific qualifications are needed due to, among other things, the many interstate and intrastate commerce regulations. For example, experts that can testify as to the medical impact of fatigue and sleep apnea on driving; safety experts that can testify as to such things as log books, pre and post trip inspections, and proper maintenance practices; and trucking industry experts that can testify as to such things as leased drivers, industry hiring and training practices and the supervision of professional drivers.
This is one of the most difficult questions to answer. Every case truly is different. Ultimately, it is a jury that determines the value of your case. But from our Tampa personal injury law firm’s over 20 years of experience, we can advise you on a general range of a settlement value of your case, based on many factors which include, among other things, the following:
- how the accident happened
- the extent of damage to the vehicles involved
- the type and extent of your injuries and medical treatment, including surgeries
- whether you sustained permanent injuries, fractures or significant scarring
- your past medical history
- the amount of your past medical bills
- the expected amount of your future medical bills
- the lost wages you have incurred
- the future loss of your earning capacity
- your age at the time of the accident and your remaining work years
- other reasonable costs you have incurred caused by your injuries, such as the need to hire household help, child care services, etc.
- insurance coverage available
- if married at the time of the accident, your spouse may have an additional claim for loss of consortium
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