Utah highways and interstates are packed with large commercial trucks carrying heavy cargo loads at all hours. Given a semi’s significant size and weight, the damage it can cause to a smaller vehicle is substantial. Additionally, the victims of truck accidents sometimes face a cumbersome process when trying to recover compensation because the question of liability in these cases is often complex. If you suffered an injury or lost someone you love in a truck collision, a personal injury lawyer can help you understand the legal options available to help you get your life back on track.
Liability in a truck accident lawsuit can be complex. For example, in a car crash involving more than one vehicle, one or both drivers are at fault. However, if the truck is at fault in a truck accident, the truck driver is not always the at-fault party. The potentially liable parties in a truck accident case include:
Sometimes truck accident cases involve more than one at-fault party or more than one type of lawsuit. If you have questions concerning liability in your case, talk to a truck accident attorney about seeking compensation. You may still be eligible even if you bear partial responsibility for the accident.
Several factors can affect what type of lawsuit your case requires, and truck accidents can result in multiple types of personal injury lawsuits. These include:
Under certain circumstances, you may have more than one type of case for a single accident. Speaking with an experienced truck accident attorney will help you better understand the nuances of your case.
The legal term damages refers to anything you lost directly from the accident and your injuries. In Utah, personal injury law allows you to sue the at-fault party should your losses exceed the limitations of personal injury protection insurance, which is often the case with truck accidents. Unless you have legal experience, you may not know all the damages available to you. Still, an attorney can help you accurately value your claim, starting with identifying the compensatory damages.
Every accident case is different, with some variation in the types of damages available. However, there are some commonalities in personal injury. For example, any losses you suffer fall under two categories: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages include:
Proving these losses requires collecting all the paper evidence, such as medical bills, property damage estimates, in-home care receipts, and pay stubs showing missed work. However, the non-economic damages, which are the psychological effects of the accident and injuries, are not as easily proven. These damages include:
To provide evidence of these losses, your attorney would collect statements from those closest to you and your written statement.
An award of punitive damages is not as common. The court reserves punitive damages for victims of gross negligence or malicious intent. For example, if the truck driver was speeding and driving while impaired when they hit your car, the court may make them pay more than just the compensatory damages to stop them from behaving that way in the future.
Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries and are among the most deadly types of auto accidents. However, victims do not have to face the financial consequences alone. In Utah, you can sue the at-fault party in your case and get the compensation you need to rebuild your life.
At Fielding Law, our legal team deals with truck accident cases on a regular basis. We understand the burdens you face and offer our services at no upfront fee to ensure you have aggressive legal representation. Our goal is to reach a fair settlement as quickly as possible. We will handle the insurance companies, prepare all the paperwork, investigate your accident, collect the evidence you need to support your claim, and offer you compassionate support along the way. If you have questions about the details of your case, do not hesitate to call us at (877) 880-4090 for your free case evaluation or complete the online form.