Injured In A Commercial Truck Crash: Should You Sue?
If you think your chances of being injured by a commercial truck are low, think again. The National Highway Traffic safety Administration recently released a report that found an 18% increase in truck crash injuries from 88,000 reported injuries in 2011 to 104,000 in 2012.
Could you be one the unlucky few? Let’s hope not, but in case you are, you need to know that you have the option of seeking recovery with a legal action.
Here are a few critical points to consider if you are injured in a commercial truck crash:
• There are usually multiple potential defendants. The defendant may not only be the driver. You could possibly sue the trucking company, the employers, the insurance company, or even the manufacturer of the truck itself.
• You could be covered through insurance. There’s a chance you may not need a lawsuit at all. Your injuries could be completely covered through the driver, or company’s insurance.
• You could still sue even if you were partially responsible. This depends on the state and you need to speak with a personal injury lawyer, but you may be able to sue even if you were partially at fault. For states with comparative fault law, you are allowed to sue.
• Your recovery could depend on how bad you were injured. If you have minor injuries, it may be hard to prove you are experiencing other pain or mental suffering.