Big rig accidents can cause serious damage. A big rig can be three or four times bigger than an average car, and that’s not including the trailer and cargo they pull behind them. While these large vehicles are used to transport goods across the US, they are dangerous vehicles. There are 500,000 trucking accidents every year and 5,000 of these are fatal. Being involved in an accident with a big rig can be life-changing.
After an accident with a big rig (or 18-wheeler), your vehicle could be completely destroyed, you could have suffered personal injuries, your family (or other passengers) could have suffered injuries, or someone could have lost their life as a result of the accident. A serious accident like this can have devastating consequences.
What can you claim for after you’ve been involved in a big rig accident? When you meet with your lawyer, they will be able to tell you exactly what you can claim for but here are some of the damages and expenses you can claim compensation for.
It’s highly probable your vehicle has been so badly damaged it can’t be fixed. This means you’ve lost valuable property and a means of transport. You will be able to claim for the value of the damaged car or if it can be fixed you can claim for the costs of a mechanic.
The cost of medical bills from the accident can be thousands of dollars. These costs can take away your life savings and leave you and your family struggling financially. In your compensation claim, you can claim back the costs of any medical expenses.
Time Off Work
Being involved in a serious accident can result in you having to take time off work to recover. Taking time off work usually means there will be no income until you’re well enough to go back. If you need longer than 4 weeks off work that is a lot of money to lose. You can claim for any loss of earnings caused by the big rig accident.
Loss of a Loved One
Losing someone as a result of a collision with a big rig is emotionally devastating. If that person is the breadwinner that means your family could struggle financially too. There are also the costs of funeral expenses and emotional hardships of losing someone because of an accident that wasn’t your fault.
Start Your Claim With A Trucking Accident Lawyer
When you’ve suffered injuries, damages or a loss from an accident with a big rig, you need a team of personal injury lawyers who understands how this type of claim works. Big rig accidents can be life-changing and a great financial expense, it’s important to have lawyers who can get your case on the right track.
Our personal injury lawyers at Coxwell & Associates, PLLC, are a skilled team of attorneys who are dedicated to our clients. After a serious accident with a truck, you need to have an experienced team on your side who understands how these cases work and will give you a strong chance of winning your claim.
At Coxwell & Associates, we fight for our clients and we’re not afraid of standing against insurance companies or businesses who want to prevent you from getting the compensation you deserve. Give us a call on (877) 231-1600 or complete this form and we will call you.
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Disclaimer: This blog is intended as general information purposes only, and is not a substitute for legal advice. Anyone with a legal problem should consult a lawyer immediately.