Tens of thousands of trucks belonging to big supermarkets and department stores are encountered on U.S. highways and city streets every day. They are usually driven carefully and considering the number of trucks on the road, accidents are relatively rare.
However, if you are hit by one of these large trucks, the chances are that you will be injured and your car will be badly damaged. This won’t be cheap to fix. As long as it was the truck driver that made a mistake, or at least you were not to blame yourself, you may have a good chance of filing a personal injury claim to recover damages.
The hundreds of Target stores are kept busy and full with goods by a large fleet of trucks, like most big chains. The chance of actually being hit by one of these trucks may seem quite low, but if it does happen to you, you'll need to be prepared to know if you have any eligibility for a claim.
Who is at Fault if You are Involved in a Delivery Truck Crash?
Successful personal injury claims depend on determining who was at fault. In the case of a truck accident, it may be the driver of the truck, or even another party such as a mechanic whose faulty maintenance meant that a key component of the truck failed at a critical moment.
If a truck’s steering is faulty, for instance, it could result in you getting hit when a truck is maneuvering around you as it nears a store depot. In most cases where a serious injury occurs, a crash investigation may determine what or who was to blame. This is where an experienced attorney will be able to look for evidence and witnesses who can help support your claim.
Evaluating a Personal Injury Claim Must be Done Carefully
There are several different components of a personal injury claim that must be evaluated carefully before serving the at-fault party or parties with a notice. These are divided into economic damages, such as the repair or replacement of any property that was damaged, your medical costs and lost wages or other income. Non-economic damages include pain and suffering, loss of enjoyment of life, and in some cases, punitive damages.
Because every accident is unique, there are no set amounts that are used when considering a claim amount. If you have been jolted from the rear because a driver was too close, the damage to your car and injuries may be significantly less than if you had a head-on collision.
Talk to a Personal Injury Attorney Before Filing a Claim
Unless you are very confident and have a strong personal injury legal background, it is almost always recommended to use a personal injury attorney to help you file a claim. Personal injury attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. That means that they are unlikely to work on a case that has little chance of succeeding and will not charge legal fees unless the claim is settled in your favor. There is no financial reason why you should avoid seeking an attorney with experience in truck accident claims against Target, or whoever is at fault.
*The content of this article serves only to provide information and should not be construed as legal advice. If you file a claim against Target, or any other party, you may not be entitled to any compensation.