A commercial vehicle accident is not like a car accident. Although the causes can be the same, such as drunk driving, distracted driving, speeding, or a vehicle malfunction, the damage to the passenger vehicle can be more severe than it would be in a collision with another car because generally, a commercial vehicle is larger and more powerful than a passenger vehicle. Commercial vehicle accidents include truck accidents, bus accidents, and collisions with other types of commercial vehicle like transport vans and food trucks. Sometimes, a commercial vehicle is a regular car or truck being used for commercial purposes.
Injuries that Can Result from a Commercial Vehicle Accident
You can be injured in a variety of ways in a commercial vehicle accident. These injuries can include:
- Broken bones;
- Spinal cord injuries;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Burns; and
- Traumatic brain injury.
Each of these injury types can have long-lasting and permanent complications, like paralysis following a spinal cord injury or an infection from cut.
Who is Liable for your Damages After a Commercial Vehicle Accident?
In a collision with another private vehicle, you can seek compensation for your damages from the negligent driver’s insurance provider. Pursuing compensation after a collision with a commercial vehicle is a bit different. In most cases, the commercial vehicle driver’s employer is liable for the victim’s damages. When this is the case, the victim may pursue compensation from the employer’s commercial insurance. However, if the driver is an independent contractor, rather than an employee, the victim can pursue compensation from the driver’s own commercial insurance policy.
Pursuing Compensation for your Commercial Vehicle Accident Damages
After a collision with a commercial vehicle, you can pursue monetary compensation for your injury-related damages through a personal injury claim. These damages can include:
- Your medical expenses;
- Your lost wages; and
- Your pain and suffering damages.
Your lawyer can help you develop and support a strong personal injury claim. The key to a strong claim is a sufficient amount of evidence to illustrate how the accident happened, the injury you suffered, and the extent of your damages. Evidence can include:
- Testimony from your doctor discussing your injury and treatment needs;
- Documentation of your lost wages and future earning-related damages;
- Receipts for your personal expenses related to the injury, like your need to hire transportation;
- Photographs of the accident;
- A copy of the official police report; and
- Eyewitness testimonies of the accident.
Work with an Experienced Jackson Commercial Vehicle Accident Attorney
When you are facing steep financial damages after being injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle, Derek L. Hall, PC can help you file and pursue your personal injury claim. To start working with Hall, the “Heavy Hitter,” today, contact our office to schedule your initial legal consultation. No matter what the circumstances of your accident, it is always in your best interest to work with an experienced Jackson commercial vehicle accident attorney to pursue compensation for your related damages.