An accident involving a truck can cause serious injuries because of the size and weight of the vehicle involved. If you have been hit by a 7-Eleven truck, or any other truck and you have been injured, you may be able to obtain compensation if you file a personal injury lawsuit.
Compensation can help you pay for any medical costs as well as cover wages if you are unable to return to work straight away. A successful personal injury claim will require proving who was at fault. A personal injury attorney can help you with a truck accident personal injury claim.
Determining Fault After Being Hit By a Truck
As with any other personal injury claim, it is essential that fault is determined. Was the truck driver to blame? For example, was the driver distracted just before you were hit? Was it a defect in the truck? Were you at fault, even if in a minor way? Normally, it would be hard to succeed in a personal injury claim if fault cannot be proved.
In some states, even if you are only partly to blame for an accident, you cannot be awarded compensation. In other states, you may be awarded a portion of a compensation payment depending on your role in the accident. A personal injury attorney can help explain the law as it applies in your state.
Evaluating a Truck Accident Claim
The main components of a 7-Eleven personal injury claim are medical expenses and lost earnings. In most states, there may be a component awarded for the perceived “pain and suffering” caused by the injuries and there may also be punitive damages if the accident was caused by reckless driving on the part of the driver, for instance.
Medical costs and lost earnings are relatively easy to calculate as long as receipts are kept and any medical records are available. If the injury is likely to last a long time, for instance a serious spinal injury caused by being crushed in the seat of the car you were driving, then it will be vital that all future costs are estimated as accurately as possible and included in the claim.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
It makes sense to contact a personal injury attorney as soon as you are able to do so. Evidence is important in any personal injury claim, so the attorney can help make sure there is sufficient evidence to support your claim and contact potential witnesses whose statements may make the difference.
7-Eleven, or any other large corporate organization and will have a well seasoned team of attorneys to defend any claim made against them, so the chance of winning a claim without an experienced attorney working with you is probably low.
*Disclaimer: The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against 7 Eleven, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.