Accidents concerning commercial trucks over and over again end in tragedies. In large part it is due to the large weight of commercial trucks which can measure as heavy as thousands of pounds tons. If going at a high speed the ensuing impact from a wreck might do substantial harm to anyone in the trucks way.
One type of injury that commonly occurs is a fracture to the spine that can lead to paralysis. Lawyers representing victims in these types of claims ought to be experienced in the medical and psychological aspects of these types of injuries along with the complex liability and insurance challenges that tend to come up in these matters. By way of example, look at the following two cases:
In this documented truck accident the victim suffered cervical fractures causing quadriplegia. The accident happened by a driveway in a commercial area. That is where the victim's van was stopped with the victim sitting inside. The van's right turn signal was on. The victim was stopped in order to allow a second vehicle to come out the driveway in order to complete a delivery at the site. The victim was working at the time the accident took place While he was waiting a tractor-trailer struck the other vehicle. The operator of the tractor-trailer was going at least 45 mph. Because of this the impact threw part of the exiting vehicle into oncoming traffic and catapulted the victim's vehicle so that it struck a pole and rolled over. Due to the injuries sustained in the accident, the victim requires assisted care around the clock.
The full price of the victims treatment and care were predicted to be about $6 million. Additionally, since his injuries left him with a irreversible impairment he furthermore sustained a loss of earning capacity.
The law firm that represented the victim and his wife filed a lawsuit against not just the operator and his employer but also against the company that hired the drivers employer to haul their product. As a consequence the law firm documented that the lawsuit settled without going to trial for the sum of $3,000,000 of which just $1.0 million was paid by the drivers employer and the additional $2,000,000, the larger fraction of the settlement, paid by the company that employed the drivers employer to transport their product.
The next matter involved a mail delivery individual was rear-ended by a tractor-trailer after having stopped her vehicle when she gotten to the next delivery stop on her path. The impact was so severe that the woman was paralyzed and lost the use of an eye.
The law firm that handled this case for the victim and her husband named several defendants in the lawsuit. Among those named as defendants were the driver of the tractor-trailer and its owner, and also the company that had contracted for its services. The law firm established that he driver of the tractor-trailer had a lengthy criminal background.
By the time the settlement was reached, the victim had incurred roughly half a million dollars in medical costs. She had up to that time lost approximately $50,000 in wages. Given that she was only 53 years old at the time of the accident her lifetime expected future loss and earning capacity came to over $300,000. The law firm described that a settlement was reached for the woman and her husband for $5.5 million.
These matters underscore the importance of retaining a lawyer with the necessary experience to realize the worth of the claims along with find those who may have liability and have the insurance or the assets significant for a suitable recovery.