There are over 15.5 million commercial trucks operating on roadways in the United States, generating more than $255 billion in revenues. By placing large and potentially dangerous trucks on our roads, companies that operate these trucks are responsible for doing so safely. Those who own, lease and operate trucks have a responsibility to maintain and operate their trucks in a reasonably safe manner. If someone who is responsible for the safe maintenance and/or operation of a truck does not fulfill their responsibilities, and as a result, someone is injured, the owner, lessor or operator of the truck may be held accountable and responsible for the harm caused to the injured person. Those who have been harmed by the careless maintenance or operation of a truck should contact a Boston truck accident lawyer as soon as possible to initiate the investigation of their possible claims.
There are many challenges that are faced by truck accidents victims when seeking for their injuries. Most large companies that own, lease or maintain the trucks that operate on our roadways are insured by very large and powerful insurance companies who will spare no expense in defending your claim in order for them to reduce their payout on your claim. For this reason it is important to engage your own experienced Massachusetts truck accident lawyer as early on in the process as possible. Our Boston truck accident attorneys will investigate your claim, preserve all relative evidence, obtain necessary statements from witnesses, and retain experts to inspect the truck and its parts that may have caused or contributed to the collision.
The compensation for injuries caused by a truck accident can be separated into three main classes: non economic, economic and punitive compensation. Our Massachusetts truck accident attorneys can explain in simple terms the compensation which you may seek, given your particular situation.
Possible compensation includes what is referred to as “economic damages.” The term economic damage refers to the financial loss suffered as a result of an injury and covers such things as: past and future medical expenses, and lost wages and loss of earning capacity.
Injuries that are serious enough to cause the need for future medical treatment and permanent disability from work require the retention of expert witnesses, such as a life care planner, vocational rehabilitation and economist. The Carney Law Firm routinely engages well-respected experts necessary to prove your claim, and to signal to the defendant and their insurance company that our firm has the resources, experience and knowledge necessary to take your case to court and obtain a favorable jury verdict, if necessary.
In addition to the economic damages described above, those who have been injured in a truck accident may also seek compensation for:
- Pain and suffering
- Loss of consortium (for family members loss of companionship due to injury)
- In cases where the defendant has been found to have committed “gross negligence”, punitive damages may be pursued.
The attorneys at Carney Law Firm are always available, free of charge, to answer any questions you may have regarding what types of damages one may claim due to injuries suffered in a truck accident. Please contact us today.