You don’t just share the road with other motorists getting to and from work and running their errands. You also share it with buses, taxis, mail trucks, transport vans and a variety of other commercial and government-owned vehicles.
When you’re injured in a collision with a commercial vehicle, you have the same rights that you have when you’re involved in a collision with a privately owned vehicle. This includes the right to seek monetary compensation for any losses you face because of your injury.
Ways you Can be Injured in a Commercial Vehicle Crash
In a crash with a commercial vehicle, you can be injured in a variety of ways. Injuries you can suffer include:
- Broken bones;
- Soft tissue injuries;
- Head injuries; and
- Spinal cord injuries.
These injuries can lead to long-term complications like paralysis, permanent disfigurement and secondary conditions like hypovolemic shock from excessive blood loss.
Understanding Commercial Vehicle Crashes
In order to understand your case better and develop realistic expectations for it, there’s a few terms you should know.
Negligence: failure to take a specific reasonable action to prevent injury to others. In a vehicle crash, speeding is a form of negligence. So are driving drunk, text messaging while driving and driving aggressively.
Liability: A negligent party’s responsibility to pay for victims’ damages.
Damages: The expenses a crash victim suffers because of their injury.
So when a bus driver runs a red light and crashes into your car, the bus driver is negligent and thus, liable for your resulting damages. Your damages can include medical bills, lost wages from spending time out of work to recover from your injury, over-the-counter medicine costs and any other expenses you face because of the injury, like the cost of mental healthcare to work through your trauma.
Filing a Personal Injury Claim
In your personal injury claim, you have to prove that your injury and resulting expenses were directly caused by the negligent party’s actions. You can do this with evidence like:
- Photographs of the accident scene;
- A copy of the official police report for your crash;
- Commentary from your doctor discussing your medical treatment needs;
- Documents showing the wages you cannot earn and any ways your injury will limit your future career; and
- Testimonies from people who witnessed the accident.
Your lawyer can help you gather all the evidence you need to support your claim. They can also advise you about your options regarding the claim, like accepting a settlement versus filing a personal injury lawsuit. Depending on your case, a personal injury protection (PIP) claim might be another option, but keep in mind that it can only cover your first $10,000 worth of medical bills or lost wages. You’ll get all the information you need from your consultation with a personal injury lawyer.
Work with a Personal Injury Lawyer who Works for You
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