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Truck accident basics

Truck accidents can have an enormous impact on the lives of victims. Victims may be left suffering with unexpected injuries, medical expenses, an inability to work and emotional trauma oftentimes associated with a truck accident. Because trucks can weight 25 times the average passenger vehicle, the consequences of a truck accident can be catastrophic. During 2006, truck accidents resulted in nearly 5,000 fatalities and 106,000 injuries.

Truck accident victims may face a difficult recovery process and may incur damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. A personal injury claim for damages can help victims recover compensation for the physical, financial and emotional damages suffered in an unexpected truck accident. When a truck driver has negligently caused a truck accident, they may be liable to compensate victims for the damages they have suffered.

Truck drivers may be negligent in a variety of circumstances if the truck driver is speeding, failing to account for roadway conditions, driving distracted, driving while fatigued or in other circumstances as well. It is important that victims of truck accidents receive the help they need following a truck accident which is why legal options are available to hold a negligent truck driver accountable for the harm caused in a truck accident.

Regardless of the damages victims of a truck accident have suffered, personal injury legal options exist to protect them from concerns such as medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. It is important for truck accident victims to be familiar with their rights and the legal resources and available to them when harmed.

Source:, "Truck Accident Overview," Accessed Aug. 29, 2017

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