When Commercial Vehicle Accidents Hurt
Large commercial vehicles can weigh up to 30 times the average weight of a passenger vehicle when fully loaded down with freight. These vehicles have massive turning radiuses, unusually large blind spots, and struggle to brake quickly. Due to their size, weight, and limited ability to make precision movements in an instant, they are both more prone to crashing than cars are (as a matter of physics) and are also much more likely to cause catastrophic damage than cars are when compared to wrecks occurring under similar circumstances.
If you’ve recently suffered injuries as a result of a commercial vehicle accident wreck, know that you don’t need to deal with the potentially catastrophic legal, financial, and medical realities that you’re facing on your own. Even if your accident was partially (or even totally) your fault, you may be entitled to significant compensation at this time.
Personal Injury Damages
As an experienced commercial vehicle accident lawyer – including those who practice at Kreizer Law – can explain in greater detail, injury victims are generally entitled to personal injury damages as long as certain legal criteria are met. Essentially, you need to have been not at fault or only partially at fault to receive these damages. Once you file a lawsuit, you’ll need to prove that the defendant owed you a duty of care, acted negligently, recklessly, or with intentional harm, and directly caused your injuries as a result of those actions or inactions. An attorney can evaluate your case to determine its potential value.
Workers’ Compensation Benefits
If you were driving or riding along as a passenger while engaging in work-related activities at the time of your accident, you may be entitled to workers’ comp benefits. If so, you’ll want to act quickly because if you don’t work with an attorney to file initial paperwork within weeks of your accident, you may barred from receiving this compensation to which you’d be otherwise entitled.
You don’t need to drive for a living to be eligible for these benefits, you only need to have been engaged in work-related activities at the time of your crash and to be eligible for these benefits in order to collect them. Note that unlike the personal injury lawsuit process, workers’ comp is a no-fault system. This means that – with very few exceptions – if you’re eligible for these benefits, you can collect them even if you were totally at fault for your crash.