How Much Can I Get in a Truck Accident Settlement?
Truck accidents cause devastating injuries. When a giant, heavy big rig collides with a much lighter passenger sedan, horrific injuries usually result.
At Platte River Law, we have negotiated many truck accident settlements, so we understand this process very well.
Below, we will lay out how much our clients receive in truck accident settlements.
Truck Accident Settlements Compensate for Economic Losses
Getting in a collision with a commercial vehicle can suddenly bankrupt many of our clients who are unprepared to pay for:
- Medical expenses, such as surgery, hospital visits, prescription drugs, rehabilitation, or assistive devices
- Lost income, if they can’t return to work because they are too injured
- Damage to their vehicle which needs to be repaired or replaced
Generally, our clients can receive 100% reimbursement of all these expenses, so hold onto proof of how much you spent. Put all bills, receipts, and repair estimates in a big folder so you don’t lose anything.
Semi truck Accident Settlements Compensate for Less Tangible Harms
If you suffer a concussion in a truck accident, would you say your losses are limited to medical bills and lost income? Or would you also feel as if your quality of life has dropped dramatically as you struggle with headaches, memory loss, and disrupted sleep?
Truck accident victims can receive money to cover less tangible injuries like pain, suffering, depression, anxiety, and other emotional distress. These losses are very real, and you deserve compensation for these non-economic losses. If your injuries are permanent, you can often receive considerably more in this type of compensation than you can for your economic losses listed above.
Trucking Companies Usually Pay out More
The defendant in a truck accident case will either be the truck driver or the trucking company (and sometimes both). Generally, if the truck driver is an independent contractor, you will make a claim with his insurance company. However, if the trucker is employed by a trucking company, then the employer becomes automatically liable for the accident by virtue of the employer-employee relationship.
Most trucking companies have larger business insurance policies, so it is often possible to receive more compensation if you can sue the trucking company. Speak with your attorney about this possibility. Even if the truck driver is an independent contractor, the company might have been negligent in employing this person, so they can still be on the hook that way as well.
Our Clients Receive Less if They Contributed to the Crash
Sometimes, our clients are partially responsible for the wreck because they did something careless, like pull out directly in front of a semi truck. If your actions contributed to your injuries, plan on receive a little less in compensation. For example, if you are 50% to blame, you’ll probably only get half of what you were expecting. If you are more than 50% responsible, then you will be barred from receiving any compensation.
Contact River Platte Law for Help with Your Settlement Negotiations
Settlements from semi truck wrecks vary depending on the circumstances discussed above. But one other factor is critical: your choice of attorney to represent you.
At Platte River Law, we have stood toe-to-toe with some of the largest trucking companies in Wyoming. We know how to win these cases, and we can maximize your truck accident settlement. Contact us to get started. We offer a free initial consultation.