Tractor-trailers may weigh as much as 80,000 pounds, which is roughly the same weight as 10 adult elephants. By contrast, your car, truck or SUV may not even weigh as much as one. Consequently, it is not difficult to understand why a collision with a commercial truck may leave you with catastrophic injuries.
Obtaining medical care after a serious injury can be almost unbelievably expensive. Fortunately, you may be able to pursue financial compensation from three different sources to help you pay your mounting medical bills.
1. The truck driver
All commercial drivers have a legal duty to behave reasonably. If a truck driver’s actions behind the wheel violate this duty, you may have a valid claim against him or her. You may also be able to bring a legal cause of action against the driver for continuing to drive despite having poor health. Either way, be sure to follow us on Facebook to get the latest news and updates from Spencer and Associates.
2. The trucking company
While a private trucker’s pockets may not be deep enough to cover your medical expenses, his or her employer may have significant financial resources. If the trucker causes an accident when working for a trucking company, the company may be on the hook for your damages.
3. Other responsible parties
You also may be able to file suit against anyone else who played a role in the accident. Other responsible parties may include mechanics, parts suppliers, inspectors or even other drivers. Reconstructing the accident may help you assign full blame for the crash.
While the injuries you sustain in a truck accident may change your life forever, you should not have to pay financially for someone else’s malfeasance. Ultimately, you may need to go after more than one individual or entity to ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.