Truck accident settlements are often complex because of the varying parties involved and the seriousness of the damage that inevitably results from such large-scale collisions. The first question that everyone asks after a truck accident, is who was responsible and who is going to pay for the damages. To determine the answer to this, various factors need to be taken into consideration.
The first course of action that will be taken to determine who was at fault is a proper investigation. Professionals will look at the site of the collision and gather evidence to figure out what caused the accident to occur.
Witnesses and traffic cameras will also be taken into consideration before a decision is made on who will have to give compensation. Once the degree of negligence of everyone involved in the accident is evaluated, the next step is to determine who lost the most and how much it will cost for them to have all their injuries treated.
When looking at injuries, the level to which the injuries affect a person’s daily living and whether they caused permanent disfigurement, scarring, or loss of function of a certain part of the body play a vital role in determining how much compensation will eventually be given. The worse a person suffered, the more they are entitled to receive.
The emotional trauma a person suffers is also taken very seriously and can increase the total settlement amount if a person has enough evidence to prove they were significantly affected by it. If the harm they suffered compels them to take time off work and results in them losing wages, then they may be entitled to recover a settlement for this loss as well.
Generally, both the truck driver and the trucking company can be held accountable when a truck collision occurs, but every case is different and only a proper investigation will reveal who is guilty, and who can be legally penalized for failing to follow protocol.
Getting the help of a professional
Since most truck accident cases are so complicated legally, the best way to ensure the result of the settlement is in a person’s favor and is enough for them to cover all their losses, a person should make sure they get in touch with a lawyer who is familiar with dealing with such cases.
An attorney will guide a person through the legal process starting from the investigation of the scene of the accident to corresponding with the insurers or presenting the required evidence in court to prove all the pain suffered due to the negligence of the other driver.