Truck accidents are entirely different from normal car accidents; they have their own unique way of dealing with when it comes to making claims, settlements and trial outcome. Truck and semi-truck drivers are required to follow state and federal regulations, and they’re required to enroll with an insurance policy that carries higher standards for truck drivers. Most insurance policies can cover semi-truck drivers but other than that they will have to share the damages cost. Anyone that is injured by a semi-truck driver and can prove the driver is at fault, there is a greater chance of winning all the claims and damages done more than even a plaintiff that’s involved in a normal car accident.
Following these rules and regulations is a must for any driver that wants to protect and prevent himself from trouble. These include limiting the amount of load each driver can carry for his truck, all truck drivers should not overload, truck and semi truck drivers must rest for certain periods of time, each driver must have enough rest so that they don’t end up causing accidents due to lack of sleep or stress. The driver must also make sure that he deals with any minor repair that will arise to ensure that his truck is working smoothly.
Most of the times when accident happens and a plaintiff is innocent, you’ll find that the truck driver is at fault by violating some ordinance or statute. It is therefore necessary for the plaintiff to provide all the necessary evidence that shows that the defendant violated a statute; this will increase the chances of winning the case.
What Happens If There Are Multiple Defendants When It Comes To Settlement?
Sometimes when involved in a truck accident there might be multiple defendants in a particular lawsuit and both the defendants can be responsible for paying off the damages caused if both of them are found guilty of violating the rules and regulations stated for drivers. Assuming that a truck driver had an accident that resulted from tire breakdown and the manufacturer of the tire or the mechanic that installs the tire is at fault, in such situations even the manufacturer or the mechanic will be brought in to cover for the damages done. In situations where the manufacturer is involved and the truck driver doesn’t have enough insurance policies to cover up the damages, the manufacturer will pay higher prices than the driver.
Semi Truck Settlement Examples
It’s good now to share some examples where the truck or semi-truck driver will be held responsible for the damages caused, assuming the plaintiff suffered some damages and the semi truck driver was proving to be at fault. Is should also be noted that it’s not every time that the driver should be held responsible whenever truck accidents happen, sometime even the plaintiff can be at fault, it is important for both parties to know their rights and the regulations governing any driving situation. Let’s look at some of the scenarios where the plaintiff will be compensated;
- A plaintiff was moving with his car smoothly and then gets hit by a truck driver; as a result he had 2 broken legs and other fractures in the remaining parts of their body. The plaintiff is required to stay in the hospital for several months and will undergo different surgeries, rehabilitation will also be required before he start to walk again, in this case the plaintiff will receive a settlement of $1850000 from the insurance company which enrolled by the defendant.
- If a semi-truck driver hit a plaintiff and fusion of neck vertebrae is needed, he’ll be compensated $350,000.
- If a plaintiff collided with a truck and resulted in shoulder injury, he will be compensated with a fine of $275000.
- If a semi-truck driver hit a plaintiff as a result of defective part and the accident resulted in a severe injury to the plaintiff that lead to amputated leg, the plaintiff will receive a sum of $3,750,000 as settlement.
Truck Accident Attorney
Most of the times truck accidents lead to serious injuries to the plaintiff, it is recommended that you choose a good lawyer that can make proper claims for the damages done to you. At Wassey&Duffey we specialize in dealing with truck accidents and can make proper negotiations with the insurance company so that you get the necessary coverage that’s needed to take care of all your damages.