Trucking Accident Lawsuits in Vermont
Trucking accidents are far more dangerous than other collisions on the road. According to National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) statistics, over 4,000 trucks were involved in fatal accidents and 87,000 trucks were involved in accidents that caused injuries. If you or a loved one has been injured in a trucking accident, you should meet with an attorney to discuss your options.
Common Trucking Accidents
Trucks can collide with other vehicles in different ways, posing unique threats to those around them. For example, some of the more common accidents we see include:
- A truck that rear-ends a vehicle in front of it might actually ride into the backseat, potentially killing anyone sitting in the back. Overrides occur when a car stops quickly in front of a truck or the truck driver loses control of their vehicle.
- A passenger car that crashes into the back of a truck can become wedged underneath. Underrides often occur when a truck suddenly switches lanes or unexpectedly stops.
- With its high center of gravity, trailers are ripe for rolling onto their sides when drivers take corners too quickly. Sometimes wind can also cause a rollover.
- Trailers are attached to tractors with a “coupling.” When this joint fails, the trailer can swing out in a perpendicular fashion, striking vehicles in the adjacent lanes.
- Flying cargo. When cargo flies off or spills out of a truck, it can strike other vehicles, causing accidents.
Because of their size, commercial trucks can cause devastating injuries. If victims do not die, they might face a life of pain and suffering. Common injuries include:
- Traumatic brain injuries that can affect your ability to walk, talk, think, or remember.
- Spinal cord injuries that can compromise your ability to feel sensation or to move.
- Dismemberment and amputation of limbs.
- Burns that cover large sections of the body.
Even less serious injuries like cuts or muscle strains can quickly develop complications. For example, a cut might become infected and a strain can press on nerves, causing chronic pain. You should always visit the doctor or hospital soon after an accident to fully document the extent of your injuries.
Compensation for Your Losses
In Vermont, injured motorists can receive compensation for all economic and non-economic losses suffered as a result of a trucking accident. For example, economic losses include:
- Medical bills to treat your injury
- Future medical care, if you need ongoing treatment
- Lost wages
- Loss of future earnings, if you cannot return to your old job because of the injury
- Damage to your vehicle involved in the crash
You might also receive compensation for certain non-economic losses, such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Mental anguish
- Loss of enjoyment of life
Your spouse might also have a legal claim for “loss of consortium” for the loss of care, guidance, companionship, and affection as a result of your injuries.
Consult a Vermont Truck Accident Lawyer
Devastating collisions with commercial trucks leave victims confused about what to do next. At Sabbeth Law, our team of truck accident lawyers is committed to recovering full and fair compensation for our clients. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.