Because of the personal cost of a major vehicle crash it is important not to forget that you may have a right to claim compensation if it can be proved who was to blame.
This is not a straightforward process so if this is what has happened to you, it is wise to use the services of an experienced personal injury attorney to help you negotiate with the driver or company concerned.
Determining Who Was to Blame in a Truck Crash
No personal injury claim, including a truck crash claim, will succeed unless proof is made available showing who or what was to blame. Many truck accidents are due to driver error, e.g. distracted driving, speeding, driving while intoxicated or under the influence of drugs, etc., but this cannot be assumed.
There are many possible reasons why a particular delivery truck accident happened and it may not be the driver’s fault at all. It could be due to defective parts, a faulty component, the way the truck was loaded or having to avoid another driver.
Were you to blame at all? If you were and the company does blame you, you may still be able to recover a part of the compensation you need. It depends on the state where the accident took place and the specific circumstances.
Working Out What to Claim
Every accident is unique, so there are no hard and fast rules about what to claim. Superficial cuts and bruises involved in a collision at slow speed just outside a store would not warrant the same claim amount as injuries from a head on collision at an intersection.
All related medical costs should be carefully recorded with receipts. Any earnings that have been lost should be calculated. If the injuries are particularly severe, e.g. 2nd or 3rd degree burns, then the recovery will be slow and may mean you have to have a series of operations and cannot return to work for months. Make sure that the future estimated cost to you is carefully estimated and included in the claim.
Consult with a Personal Injury Attorney
Just recovering from a major accident can be enough in itself. If you are adamant that you were not to blame for the crash, it might seem a step too far to handle a personal injury claim all by yourself.
*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 Meijer, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.