Anyone familiar with the D.C. area is probably familiar with Interstate 95, or at least one of the highways that branch-off of it. While I-95 runs 1,919.74 mi from Florida all the way to the border with Canada, most people in the District of Columbia know it as a main connection between D.C., Baltimore, and south into Virginia. It is also the main path to get from D.C. to the beaches of Virginia, North and South Carolina, Delaware, Maryland, and New Jersey.
Because I-95 is so heavily traveled every day, especially during the morning and evening commutes, there are bound to be crashes on the highway. Because I-95 is such a main artery connecting the large cities on the East Coast, it is also heavily traveled by truck traffic. Anyone used to driving with trucks knows the danger that they pose, but not everyone has experienced that danger first hand. If you have been in a truck accident, or lost a loved one to a truck accident, you may want to learn more about your options for moving forward.
Financial Compensation is Available
When you are hurt in a car accident, your first priority should obviously be to treat your injuries and deal with loss. After you are out of the woods, you may want to start thinking about where the money is going to come from for medical and funerary expenses. A personal injury attorney that works with truck crash victims may be able to help you.
You should be able to get compensation for any injuries stemming from a crash, and the medical expenses tied to those injuries. If you needed to spend time in the hospital, undergo diagnostic tests, or face medical procedures due to your injuries in a truck crash, and if you will need ongoing medical care in the future, you should be able to recover the costs of that treatment.
Aside from treatment, those injured in truck crashes often face severe pain and suffering. Even if a victim later dies, that pain and suffering is something that the courts are willing to reimburse people for. In Washington D.C., there is no cap on these damages like there is in Maryland or Virginia.
If you missed work or had to change your lifestyle because of your injuries, you may be able to recover money from this, too. If you missed work or are no longer able to work because of your injuries, you should be able to reclaim those wages from the people who injured you. Additionally, if you needed to hire help around the house or to get around, you (and possibly your spouse) may be entitled to damages for those costs, as well.
The last type of money you may be able to claim is a difficult case to make, but is still an option. Sometimes courts will award “punitive damages” against defendants who caused injury because they broke rules or their action was especially bad. Trucking companies and drivers often break the rules associated with their industry. Because driving for long hours can be a real danger on the road, there are rules to limit how long a driver or a truck can stay on the road. But, because breaking these rules often means more business for the company or higher wages for the driver, these rules are often broken. Many times this leads to tired driving, drunk driving, or the abuse of drugs to stay alert. If this happened, and it caused your truck accident, you may be able to get damages that punish the trucking companies.
What Kinds of Injuries Get Compensation?
Any kind of injury sustained in a truck crash may make you eligible for financial compensation. Usually, the compensation is related to how serious the injury is. Common injuries in truck crashes include the following:
- Cuts, scrapes, and bruises
- Concussions and head injuries
- Broken bones
- Loss of limb
- Severe back, head, neck, and brain injuries
- Permanent paralysis
If you, or a loved one in the case of death, sustained any of these injuries in a crash caused by a truck or tractor-trailer, you may be entitled to reimbursement for your injuries.
Because trucks are so large and heavy, they cannot stop as easily as cars. They often weigh more than twenty times the weight of a regular car, and can need up to about forty times the stopping distance of a regular car. Because of this, crashes with trucks are often more serious than crashes with other cars. And, statistically, death is much more common for the driver of a car than the driver of a truck in a truck-to-car collision.
Speak with a Truck Accident Lawyer Serving Washington, DC
If you have been injured in or lost a loved one to a crash caused by a tractor-trailer, there may be help out there. The Truck Accident Team works around the country to help clients get financial compensation for their injuries, lost wages, and pain and suffering. If Big Trucking has caused you injuries in an accident with a truck, call the Truck Accident Team at (215) 246-9000 to explore your options.