Head-On Collisions Involving Commercial Trucks
Head-On Collisions Involving Large Commercial Trucks Often Have Tragic Consequences. No Matter What Happened, We are Here to Help You with Your Recovery.
Large commercial trucks have an imposing presence on the road. When you are alongside a tractor trailer or an 18-wheeler is in your rearview mirror, you get a sense of just how big and powerful these trucks truly are.
This makes head-on collisions involving large commercial trucks all the more devastating. Head-on collisions between passenger vehicles often lead to serious and fatal injuries, and most passenger vehicles weigh between 2,500 and 5,000 pounds. Large commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. As a result, even at relatively low speeds, head-on collisions with commercial trucks will almost always result in substantial damage and life-altering or life-threatening injuries.
5 Key Questions After a Head-On Collision Involving a Commercial Truck
When we represent clients who have suffered traumatic injuries and lost loved ones in head-on collisions involving commercial trucks, we take a compassionate, comprehensive, and unrelenting approach to recovering just compensation. In order to recover just compensation in your case, we will need to answer the following questions:
1. What Caused the Head-On Collision?
First, we will need to determine what caused the head-on collision. We will send investigators to the scene of the accident right away, and we will hire experts to examine each vehicle involved in the crash. Our lawyers will also request driving logs, phone records, traffic camera footage, and any other evidence that may be available to help identify the factors involved in the crash.
2. Who (or What Company) is Liable for the Head-On Collision?
Next, we will determine who (or what company) is liable for your injuries or your loved one’s death. If the truck driver was at fault, then his or her insurance company and/or employer may be liable. If there was an issue with the truck itself, then the trucking company or truck manufacturer may hold legal responsibility for the crash. There are a number of other possibilities as well, and our lawyers will pursue all available claims in order to recover the financial compensation you and your family deserve.
3. What are the Financial Costs of the Accident?
In addition to establishing liability, we also need to establish the amount that you and your family are entitled to recover. This starts with calculating the financial costs of the accident. These include costs such as:
- Medical bills
- Prescription costs
- Repair bills
- Transportation costs
- Other out-of-pocket expenses
- Loss of income
- Loss of earning capacity
- Funeral and burial expenses
When calculating financial losses after a head-on collision involving a commercial truck, it is important to look not only to the past, but to the future as well. In other words, not only can you recover the financial costs you have incurred to date, but you can also recover compensation for the costs you are likely to incur in the years to come.
4. What are the Non-Financial Costs of the Accident?
After calculating your financial losses, we can then calculate the non-financial costs of your injuries or your loved one’s death. These include costs such as:
- Pain and suffering
- Scarring and disfigurement
- Emotional trauma
- Post-traumatic stress
- Loss of consortium, services, and support
- Loss of companionship and society
- Loss of enjoyment of life
There are two primary ways to calculate the non-financial costs of a serious or fatal accident. The first involves applying a “multiplier” to the financial costs of the accident, while the second involves calculating a daily (or “per diem”) rate. When pursuing just compensation for your non-financial losses, our lawyers will use their experience and work with trusted experts to seek the maximum recovery available under your state’s law.
5. What Will it Take to Collect the Compensation You and Your Family Deserve?
Some truck accident cases – in fact most truck accident cases – settle out of court. If we can, we will settle your case quickly for just compensation. However, unlike many other law firms, we do not settle when we believe we can recover more by going to court. If it is not in your best interests to settle, we will recommend going to court, and our lawyers will fight to recover full compensation for your financial and non-financial losses.
Discuss Your Head-On Truck Accident Case with an Attorney at Oberheiden Law
If you have been seriously injured or lost a loved one in a head-on truck accident, we encourage you to contact us promptly to discuss your case. To speak with an attorney at Oberheiden Law for free, call 866-376-4871 or contact us online now.