A passenger vehicle is no match for a fully loaded, 80,000-lb tractor-trailer in the event of an accident. As such, the vast majority of injuries and fatalities in truck accidents involve the occupants of the passenger vehicle rather than the truck.

Below, our Los Angeles personal injury attorneys discuss some of the long-term consequences of truck accidents.

Catastrophic Injuries

Due to the devastating nature of most truck accidents, passenger vehicle occupants are often left with the following catastrophic or fatal injuries:

  • Traumatic brain injuries

  • Spinal cord injuries

  • Severe burns

  • Injuries requiring amputation

  • Wrongful death

These injuries may make it impossible for a victim to ever return to their life as it was before the injury. This element is what qualifies an injury as “catastrophic.”

Unexpected Bills

Catastrophic injury victims can expect to pay hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills and lost wages for the remainder of their lives.

These individuals most often have to pay for the following services:

  • Emergency transportation

  • Surgical procedures

  • Mobility assistance devices

  • Rehabilitative care

  • Physical, cognitive, and/or occupational therapy

  • Live-in care

Additionally, it is highly unlikely that catastrophic injury victims will ever be able to return to work, which means they will have no income to pay for the aforementioned expenses.

So what, exactly, do catastrophic injury victims do in this situation in order to avoid financial ruin?

Recovering Compensation from Liable Parties

Since most trucks are commercial vehicles, there are several parties involved in the trucks’ operation. This means that more parties than just the truck driver may be held liable for damages. These parties may include:

  • The trucking company

  • The truck’s cargo loaders

  • The truck’s mechanic

  • The truck’s manufacturer

By working with an experienced personal injury attorney, you may be able to recover compensation for the following damages after a truck accident:

  • Past and future medical bills

  • Past and future lost wages

  • Pain and suffering

  • Loss of consortium

At The Law Offices of Gerald L. Marcus, our team is experienced when it comes to handling big insurance companies and corporations. We’re here to help you through this.

Contact us today at (800) 905-8777 to schedule a consultation with our team.