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Accidents involving large commercial trucks often result in severe injuries for drivers and passengers in traditional vehicles. The reality is that the size and weight discrepancy between these large trucks and other vehicles on the roadway often leads to devastation. If you or somebody you care about has been injured as a result of the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company, you should be able to recover compensation.
But how much will your semi-truck accident claim be worth?
Here, we want to discuss the various factors that go into valuing a commercial truck accident claim in California.
Economic damages are also referred to as special damages for a truck accident claim in California. These damages represent the compensation available to truck crash victims for relatively calculable expenses in the aftermath of an incident. Some of the most common economic damages awarded for a successful truck accident claim include the following:
Truck crash victims and their attorneys will gather up various bills and receipts that help calculate total expected economic damages for these claims.
Non-economic damages are also referred to as general damages after a truck accident claim in California. These types of damages are different than the economic losses mentioned above because they are more immeasurable. What we mean by this is that there are no bills or receipts that can be added up to properly calculate these losses. Some of the most common non-economic losses sustained by truck crash victims include the following:
There are a variety of factors that influence the total amount of compensation available after a California truck crash occurs. First and foremost, it is important to understand that medical bills are a major part of these settlements. Therefore, the severity of the injuries sustained as a result of the collision plays a major role and how much compensation a person receives. Generally, we will find that the more severe the injury, the more compensation a person will likely recover.
The severity of the injury will also play a role when it comes to the non-economic damages, particularly when it comes to calculating compensation for emotional and physical pain and suffering. Insurance carriers and personal injury juries will typically allow more non-economic damages to be awarded for severe injuries because they understand how these injuries can affect a victim.
Other factors that affect how much acclaim is worth include how quickly a truck crash victim can return to work as well as the extent of any short- or long-term disabilities.
A skilled Orange County car accident lawyer will work with trusted medical and economic experts to help properly calculate total expected losses in these situations. They will vigorously negotiate with insurance carriers to ensure that their client receives the compensation that they are entitled to.