Injured Truck Drivers
Commercial truck drivers face unique pressures – long hours, intense customer demands, and tight delivery deadlines, just to name a few. Throwing a truck accident into the mix can make things even more difficult on a truck driver and his or her family. At Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz, our Memphis truck accident attorneys regularly protect the rights of injured truck drivers. The time following a motor vehicle wreck can be challenging, burdensome, and confusing, which is where our personal injury attorneys come into play. We can help make your life easier and help you recoup all of your losses caused by someone else’s carelessness or inattention. Call us today for a free consultation with a member of our legal team to learn how we can get started helping you.Injured Truck Drivers Have Rights
Truck drivers injured in car accidents can suffer losses in many ways. Medical bills can pile up, and it can be hard to pay for them if your truck is down or you have to miss work due to your injuries. Below are two common claims that injured truck drivers may be able to assert following an accident:
- Workers’ compensation – if you were injured while acting in the course and scope of employment, you may be able to file for workers’ compensation, regardless of how the accident happened. Workers’ compensation is typically a no-fault system, so even if you received a ticket from the responding police officer or were assessed some responsibility for the collision, you can still file a claim. Properly filing a workers’ compensation claim will allow you to get the medical treatment you need as well as a certain percentage of your wages while the doctor keeps you off of work.
- Third party claim against at at-fault driver – if another driver negligently caused the accident, a claim for negligence can be asserted. Common causes of truck accidents are failing to maintain a safe lookout, improper turns, speeding, texting while driving, and drunk driving. If you can prove that the other driver breached a legal duty owed to you to drive safely and caused you to suffer injuries and losses, you can assert a claim against that driver and recover elements of damages such as medical bills, lost wages, and pain and suffering. Third party claims for negligence can be asserted by injured truck drivers in addition to filing a workers’ compensation claim.
After a truck accident in Memphis or elsewhere, a lawyer can help you get reimbursed for your losses. To make sure all forms of damages are properly identified and pursue, you should seek legal representation from a law firm that specializes in personal injury and trucking litigation. Each state has a specific statute of limitation for filing personal injury claims, meaning time is often of the essence.
In a truck accident claim against another driver, you can recover compensatory damages, which are designed to make you whole. The theory behind compensatory damages is to reimburse you for what you have lost and put you in the same place you’d have been in had the wreck not happened in the first place. For example, you can recover the cost of medical treatment related to the accident, which could include medical bills, prescriptions, doctor visits, physical therapy, surgery, or injections. If you suffer a permanent injury that will require treatment in the future, those costs can be obtained as well, as long as they are properly documented. You can also recover for lost wages if the accident rendered you unable to work. A subjective element of an injured truck passenger’s claim includes pain and suffering, emotional distress, and loss of enjoyment of life. Depending on how the accident happened, punitive damages can be obtained. These damages are designed to punish certain intentional and reckless forms of conduct, such as accidents involving drug and alcohol use.Let Our Attorneys Review Your Case Today
Nahon, Saharovich & Trotz is a large regional personal injury law firm, serving injured truck drivers and passengers throughout Tennessee, Arkansas, Mississippi, Missouri, and Kentucky. Many of our clients have come from communities like Memphis, Nashville, Chattanooga, Knoxville, Little Rock, Jonesboro, Jackson, Tupelo, Oxford, Cape Girardeau, Caruthersville, and Paducah. We can be reached by calling 800-529-4004 or completing our online form. Our firm takes pride in giving each client individual attention while vigorously protecting their legal rights along the way. To learn more about how our Memphis lawyers can get started helping you immediately, we invite you to contact us 24/7.