Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
Any type of personal injury motor vehicle accident is painful and stressful for the victim. But when it comes to truck accidents, the injuries that you may suffer can be catastrophic. Making truck accidents even more complex, you may have a claim against multiple parties. This can include the driver of the truck, the truck driver’s employer, and any other parties who may have caused the accident to occur. We at the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. have experience assisting individuals throughout Massachusetts with evaluating their potential claims from common injuries in truck accidents. While you focus on recovering from your injuries and healing, a Massachusetts truck accident lawyer at our firm can ensure that your rights are being asserted to the fullest extent. In the unfortunate situation that you lose a loved one as the result of a truck accident, we are prepared to help your family explore a potential wrongful death claim to recover the compensation that you deserve.Common Injuries in Truck Accidents
There are a few reasons that truck accidents can lead to more severe injuries. The massive size and weight of these vehicles can make impact quite strong, while some truck accidents happen due to excessive speed. If a large truck crashes into another vehicle at an excessive speed, the impact will be incredibly dangerous for the occupants of that vehicle.
There are no limits to injuries in truck accidents that a victim may experience, but here are a few common examples. First, back injuries and neck injuries can occur, such as whiplash or dislocated discs. These may be minor or severe requiring a lifetime of medical treatment. Broken bones are also common in side-impact accidents as well as head injuries. A brain injury can be difficult to diagnose but often shows through signs like trouble sleeping, headaches, changes in personality, forgetfulness, and more. Lacerations, rib and torso injuries, and seat belt injuries are also common. More severe injuries include paralysis or death. It is critical to seek medical treatment immediately after a truck accident to ensure that your injuries are documented and that you receive the care that you require.Seeking Compensation After a Truck Accident
Once you have received medical treatment, you may begin to wonder whether you have a claim for compensation from the driver or parties who caused the accident to take place. There are few things to consider before pursuing your claim including what you have to prove in order to be successful. Under Massachusetts law, an injured party must show that the other parties failed to exercise the required level of care and skill at the time of the crash and that this failure was the direct and foreseeable cause of the lack of care. In the context of a truck accident, this means that you must first show that the driver of the truck and/or employer failed to operate the truck in a safe and reasonable manner. This can include failing to abide by state and federal regulations around performing safety checks and driver training as well as common traffic violations like speeding or driving under the influence.
Next, you must show that you would not have been injured but for the defendants’ lack of due care. Defendants often try to argue at this step that your own negligence was part of your injuries and that they should not be held responsible. This is called contributory negligence. Under Massachusetts law, a plaintiff will not be allowed to recover any compensation if the defendants can show that the plaintiff was even 1% at fault.
Finally, you will need to have evidence to support the different categories of damages that you are seek in the lawsuit. This includes past and future estimated medical care, loss of income during the recovery period, reduced earning capacity due to permanent disabilities, and more.Meet with an Experienced Lawyer in Massachusetts Soon
One of the best ways to protect your rights after a truck accident is to consult with a seasoned personal injury lawyer to learn more about your options. Truck accidents are often traumatizing and life-altering for the victim. The attorneys of the Law Offices of Barry Feinstein and Affiliates P.C. are compassionate and responsive legal counsel to our clients. We are available to serve clients in areas around Boston, Cambridge, Waltham, Lowell, Newton, Somerville, Quincy, Dedham, Norwood, Brookline, and Peabody. Call our office today at 800.262.9200 or contact us online to set up your appointment.