The empty roads from the early days of the Covid-19 pandemic are now but a distant memory. There are more cars on the road now than ever before, and the United States trucking industry is on the rise to compensate for the energized demand of the digital era. The increased number of vehicles on the road alongside comparatively massive trucks has unfortunately led to a substantially higher frequency of accidents. There was a 52 percent increase in truck accidents in 2021 compared to 2009. This new increase means an estimated 500,000 trucking accidents occur each year.
The consequences of truck accidents can be devastating, especially when they result in injury or death. Unsurprisingly, the vast majority of injuries and fatalities from truck accidents occur in the smaller vehicle. Suffering injuries from a truck accident not only results in expensive medical bills and lost income, but it can mean a loss of quality of life or a lifetime of ongoing medical care. Because of these consequences, it is important that you take the necessary steps to protect your right to fair and full compensation.
Contact An Experienced Truck Accident Attorney As Soon As Possible
Do not speak to anyone from the trucking company or insurance company until you consult with a personal injury attorney. Trucking companies retain their own teams of investigators, insurers, and attorneys to protect their company’s interest over yours. Retaining your own truck accident attorney is necessary to demand fair compensation for you or your loved one’s losses. Be sure to keep clear medical records, incident images, and a written account of the incident to share with your attorney.
At Fiffik Law Group, we know the worth of your claim and go toe-to-toe with insurance companies on your behalf so that you can focus on recovering from your injuries. To determine the cause of an accident, investigators look into proper licensing, truck regulation compliance, witness accounts, and any camera footage available. As attorneys, we also have access to expert witnesses like forensic accident constructers, actuaries, and claims adjusters that we can use to support your case if it is going to trial – and pursue litigation if it means getting you the maximum compensation for the accident.
The Average Settlement of Truck Accident Cases
Truck accident claims often involve much higher settlement amounts than typical car accidents. Unlike car accidents involving regularly licensed drivers, semi-truck accidents involve professional drivers who are held to a higher standard of care in the eyes of the law. Truck drivers, trucking companies, truck maintenance professionals, and passenger vehicle drivers may all face liability in truck accidents. At Fiffik Law Group, we strive to hold the right party accountable in every case we pursue. There are several factors that influence the average settlement amount:
The extent of economic damages. Those who suffer injuries in truck accidents may gain compensation for medical bills, loss of income, loss of future income, and more. When an accident leads to permanent injury, the settlement may also include the projected costs of future care.
The intangible damages a plaintiff suffers. In addition to compensation for economic losses, a truck accident victims may be compensated for physical pain, suffering, emotional anguish, and loss of consortium or guidance (typically for the victim’s family in the event of permanent injury or wrongful death.)
The degree of negligence involved. When a truck accident arises from gross negligence, intention, or reckless misconduct, then grounds for punitive damages may exist.
The property damage to the vehicle. Often, truck accidents are so severe that repair of a car is impossible, so the victim may receive compensation for a new vehicle.
The experienced attorneys at Fiffik Law Group, PC understand the complexities of federal trucking regulations and state laws. We work hard to protect your right to fair and full compensation after a preventable trucking accident. Contact us today to schedule a free initial consultation.