Truck accidents are some of the most serious on the road and often leave individuals dealing with the aftermath of pain, emotional trauma, and suffering that comes along with it. When these accidents are caused by negligence, the victim has the right to seek damages from the responsible party.
These damages are broken down into economic (those with monetary value) and non-economic (those without monetary value). However, to understand what these are, you must know what exactly you may be able to recover damages for and why it’s so important.
Most personal injury cases have a large focus on recovering damages for the medical expenses associated with the injuries. Because truck accidents often result in catastrophic images, medical expenses can be significant and long-lasting.
Seeking medical expenses as part of economic damages can give the injured party some peace of mind while already dealing with the physical, emotional, and financial hardships he or she already faces.
Unfortunately, some injuries are so serious they prevent the individual from participating in their work and being unable to earn an income. When this happens, the money the family or individual relies on is not there, meaning damages for the lost wages may be awarded.
Odds are, if you’re in a truck accident, you have significant amounts of damage to your vehicle. Most likely, the vehicle suffered issues to the frame or engine, or may be totaled completely. As such, the lawsuit may call for damages to property to help replace what was lost.
This is covered under non-economic damages and can include the emotional trauma that a person may face following this kind of accident. There’s no direct monetary value to determine how much is awarded, so it must be determined during the settlement or trial process.