A delivery truck can cause significant harm if it is involved in a crash with another vehicle and the injuries may be very severe if you were a pedestrian or were on a bicycle.
If you were not to blame for the accident you may be able to file a personal injury claim as long as you can prove who or what was to blame for the accident. Personal injury claims can be difficult without the professional help of a personal injury attorney.
Who Was to Blame for the Truck Crash?
It is important to determine who or what was to blame for the truck accident that has injured you. It is highly unlikely you will win a claim if you were to blame for the accident, but in many states you may be awarded a proportion of the total compensation, even if you were partly to blame. If you were not at fault, the most likely causes of any truck accident, including a Kroger truck accident, are:
- Driver error, e.g. the driver was tired, distracted, speeding or drunk.
- There was a defective truck component, e.g. faulty steering, tires or brakes.
- The truck was poorly loaded, or overloaded, in which case the fault might lie with someone at the truck base.
- Other reasons, e.g. the road was in poor condition, the weather was extreme.
Working Out How Much to Claim
Most personal injury claims include components for the cost of medical treatment and lost earnings. These are relatively easy things to calculate unless the injury is likely to last a long time.
For example, if you have suffered severe brain damage after the front of your vehicle crumpled and caused a severe impact on your head, it is important that a full assessment of future costs is included in the claim. In most, but not all states, an allowance for the pain and suffering as well as lost enjoyment of life may be important components.
Because of the complexity involved in evaluating a claim, it is important that you get expert legal advice.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
The Kroger Company is a large and powerful organization that may do its best to defend itself from any personal injury claim made against any section of its business including any of its drivers, as all large corporations are on to do.
You will find that an experienced personal injury attorney can help you with your claim. The attorney can help assess the amount you should claim and sieve through the evidence available and witnesses that may support your claim.
*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 Kroger, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.