Accidents with big trucks are on the rise. Because these vehicles are so big with so much mass, the damage they cause can be truly catastrophic and life-changing. Even worse, when you try to get compensation for the injuries you’ve suffered, everyone from the driver to the trucking company seems to deny responsibility, leaving you feeling left out in the cold.
When an accident like this happens, especially if it leaves you injured, it’s important to understand what sort of compensation you may be entitled to. Learn what damages you can get after a truck accident in Colorado Springs, and find out how our team at Heuser & Heuser could help. It’s JUST that easy!
Types of Damages in Colorado Springs Truck Accidents
The first thing to understand is that when we talk about damages, we’re referring to the monetary compensation you can receive for the harm you’ve suffered in an accident. We can pursue two categories of damages: Special damages and general damages.
Special damages are those things that are easy to value, like damage to your car, the cost of your medical bills, or the salary you’ve lost while being unable to work. General damages are the invisible injuries like depression, mood swings, PTSD, loss of ability to enjoy life, and loss of consortium. These types of damages are often categorized as “pain and suffering.”
What Damages Can I Collect?
Without a consultation, we can’t say exactly what damages you can collect because every accident is unique. Still, in general, you may be able to collect the following types of damages if you have suffered them:
- Medical bills (doctor’s visits, medical transport, surgery, physical therapy, medication, and the like)
- Lost wages and lost potential future earnings
- Repair or replacement of your car and property inside.
- Emotional trauma (mood swings, depression, PTSD)
- Loss of enjoyment of life.
- Loss of comfort and companionship.
- Loss of consortium.
- And others, depending on your situation.
Receiving Compensation Can Get Complicated
Receiving compensation for a big truck accident can be more complicated than other personal injury cases because they usually involve multiple parties, which could be held partially responsible. The good news is that the settlement amount can be even higher. The bad news is that all parties will try to pass the blame. Any or all of the following may hold some responsibility for your accident:
- The truck driver.
- The trucking company.
- The cargo company if the cargo was improperly loaded and balanced.
- The manufacturer of faulty parts.
- The maintenance crew if the truck was unsafe to drive.
In Colorado, determining fault can become even more complex due to “modified comparative fault,” which says that if you are at least 50% responsible for the accident, you can’t collect damages at all. Navigating all of this can be difficult, which is why we recommend having a truck accident attorney on your side.
With Heuser & Heuser, LLP, It’s JUST That Easy!
If you’ve been in an accident with a big truck and you’re trying to recover damages, but you’re unsure who to turn to, we’re here to help. Our team at Heuser & Heuser has years of experience helping people just like you seek the compensation they deserve. We will take on the hard part of fighting for you so you can focus on getting well again. With us in your corner, it’s JUST that easy! Call 719-520-9909 or fill out our form online to get your free case review.