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For what can I seek financial recovery after a truck accident?

Flying legend Chuck Yeager is noted for saying, "If you can walk away from a landing, it's a good landing." There are many in Texas who might feel the same way after being involved in a motor vehicle accident if they were lucky enough to walk away from the disaster.

That doesn't happen often and it happens less often in accidents involving commercial trucks. As federal records collected by the Department of Transportation show, more than 3,600 people died in collisions involving large trucks in 2014, the latest year for which data is available.

The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, citing that same data, says 68 percent of those victims were occupants of cars or other passenger vehicles. Another 15 percent were motorcyclists, bicyclists or pedestrians.

Not surprisingly, many more people suffered serious injuries in such crashes, but how much that might have cost those individuals in financial terms is something that may never be fully known. And it might be worth wondering whether they all received as much compensation as they were entitled to.

Many may not appreciate the scope of things for which recovery may be possible after an accident. In addition to the medical costs that might be incurred for physical injuries, victims may be able to claim other damages from those responsible for the crash. The kinds of damages might include:

  • Loss of income due to missed work
  • Loss of earning capacity that might have been realized if there had been no injury
  • Loved ones' loss of relationship and companionship
  • Suffering or mental anguish resulting from disfigurement
  • Anticipated costs for long-term medical treatments and household services

These account for only some of the types of possible damages one might suffer in a truck accident. What can be claimed may differ depending on the state laws that apply, which is why seeking an experienced attorney's advice, which is usually free for the initial visit, is important.

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