Truck accidents in Texas can provide enormous damage. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration reports that the number of large trucks involved in injury crashes was 88,000 in 2014. The Texas Department of Transportation has issued a specific report demonstrating the age breakdown for each accident victim with startling results. The report demonstrates that incapacitating injuries due to truck accidents can strike anyone at any time. While there were 535 incapacitating injuries suffered by 20 year olds in 2014, there was also 102 incapacitating injuries suffered by 70 year olds. Fortunately, there is compensation available for the various types of damages caused by injuries suffered from truck accident victims.
The goal of compensatory damages is to “restore” an injured party to how the individual was prior to the accident through a monetary settlement. Compensatory damages are divided into “economic” and “non-economic” damages.
“Economic” damages include injuries for which a direct dollar amount can be assigned. These damages include:
- Property Damage. This common category includes damage to one’s vehicle. These amounts are often easy to calculate because insurance companies or automobile mechanics bills demonstrate the exact amount of money required to repair these damages.
- Medical Treatment. Another common category of damages, medical treatment includes injuries suffered during an automobile accident that require compensation. Bills from doctors or health insurance companies often list the amounts charged for medical care. Keep in mind that not all injuries suffered by individuals are included by this category.
- Lost Income. If your automobile accident causes injuries that prevent you from working, this category is designed to compensate you. If you are self-employed or are paid in fluctuating amounts, this category can prove difficult to calculate.
- Rehabilitation Costs. Recovering from a truck accident can be a long journey. Truck accident victims may require physical therapy to restore physical capacities. The cost for these expensive appointments can easily be calculated based on bills recording the cost of visits.
Other “non-economic” damages are harder to calculate and courts spend time analyzing the exact financial amount of these damages. These damages include:
- Pain and Suffering. This category includes any pain or discomfort suffered due to the accident. Persistent pain is an unfortunate ailment claimed by truck accident victims so pain and suffering is a frequently included category in compensation.
- Emotional Distress. Truck accident victims can suffer from a variety of emotional ailments including anxiety, grief, and depression.
- Loss of Consortium. This category arises from injuries that alter the relationship between the injured party and the spouse of the automobile accident victim.
- Loss of Income Capacity. Truck accident victims can suffer from injuries that have further reaching effects than just missing time at work. If you lost job opportunities or missed injuries due to injuries caused by a truck accident, this category is designed to compensate these types of lost wages.
Punitive damages are the second category of compensation. These damages are designed to punish the individual who caused the accident in an effort to make sure this individual does not cause similar accidents in the future. To obtain punitive damages, the injured party must demonstrate that the defendant was extremely careless or reckless. Truck accidents that include punitive damages include drivers who disregard basic traffic laws or display dangerous behavior including substance abuse.
If you seek compensation for damages that you suffered due to a truck accident, you need the assistance of a skilled accident attorney. Contact our law firm by calling 409-838-1000 or email our lawyers to schedule a free initial consultation.