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What Damages Can You Recover After a Truck Accident?

Recovery from an accident involving a trucker can take a long time. Trucks themselves weigh much more than normal vehicles and can sometimes have thousands of pounds of cargo that is being hauled.

If you weren’t at fault for an accident involving a truck, you could be eligible to receive financial compensation for both physical and non-physical injuries.

Economic Damages

These also may be referred to as special damages. These damages specifically focus on the economic impact an accident has on a victim. That means victims could receive compensation for the following:

  • Lost wages;
  • Future loss of wages;
  • Medical bills;
  • Future medical bills; and,
  • Any additional economic costs related to the accident.

Non-Economic Damages

These are also referred to as general damages. Non-economic damages do not have a price tag associated with them but are as important as economic damages. These types of damages focus on the quality of life of the person injured in the accident. There is not a specific dollar amount attached to these types of damages as one person’s suffering may not equate to another person’s suffering.

Compensation could be recovered for the following:

  • Disability;
  • Disfigurement;
  • Loss of enjoying life;
  • Loss of enjoying crucial relationships;
  • Humiliation or embarrassment; and,
  • Pain and suffering.

Punitive Damages

These are damages strictly handed down to punish the person at fault. Punitive damages are not awarded in every case as it has to be proven that the person at fault acted maliciously or intended to cause the accident. If awarded, though, punitive damages are usually a substantial amount.

If you are seeking punitive damages against a trucker, you have to be prepared for that trucker’s company to be supporting them. If you are up against a company’s lawyers, you want to make sure you are properly represented as well.

How Do I Know Which Damages I Should Receive?

If you were injured in an accident with a truck driver, you need to have experienced attorneys fighting for you. That’s where the team at Robert Peirce & Associates, P.C. comes in. Our Pittsburgh truck accident attorneys will be with you every step of the way and provide you with the trusted representation you need. Reach out to our firm for a free consultation today — (844) 383-0565.

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