As a Memphis truck accident lawyer, I can tell you truck accidents are one of the most complicated types of personal injury cases in existence. And just this week, two examples showed how many issues can arise and how specific each situation really is:
7,000 Gallons of Milk:
On Saturday in New York state, a tanker truck carrying 7,000 gallons of milk swerved to miss a sedan that ran a stop sign. The vehicles crashed anyway, and the truck flipped, hit a telephone pole, and caught on fire. The truck driver was taken to the hospital in stable condition.
Potential damages may include:
- Medical bills (x2)
- Tanker truck replacement
- Sedan repairs/replacement
- Lost cargo
- City property, including telephone pole
- Pain and suffering (x2)
- Loss of wages/time from work (x2)
- Long-term recovery / physical therapy
The Nurse and the Bridge:
That same week, a tractor trailer and dump truck collided on I-70 in Maryland. The truck overturned and the tractor trailer jackknifed, sending both drivers to the hospital. The trucks carried concrete and asphalt. Three people went to the hospital, including a nurse who stopped to help and was injured by falling over the median into a river below. The nurse and one of the drivers had to be flown to a trauma center via helicopter.
Potential damages include:
- Medical bills (x3)
- Helicopter rescue (x2)
- Tractor trailer repairs/replacement
- Dump truck repairs/replacement
- Lost cargo
- Cleanup costs
- Pain and suffering (x3)
- Loss of wages/time from work (x3)
- Long-term recovery / physical therapy (x3)
In both of these stories, it’s still unclear who was responsible and why. Investigations are under way. But even when fault can be proven, insurance, workers’ comp, and various other factors can affect how the case plays out.
Truck crashes tend to be dramatic in nature, and every single one is different. You need an attorney who understands all the intricate details and will fight to get the compensation you need and deserve after such a traumatic experience.
If you’ve been injured in a truck accident, contact our Memphis truck accident attorneys today. The conversation is free.