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Three potential truck accident claims

Because trucks are so much larger and heavier than most other vehicles on the road, a collision with one can be devastating. In addition to severe property damage to your vehicle, if you find yourself involved in a truck accident you may also suffer severe bodily injury.

That can lead to significant expenses in the form of medical bills, lost wages because you are unable to work, and replacing or repairing your car. If you were not responsible for the accident, or if another person's negligence or misconduct contributed to it, you may be able to pursue a legal claim for damages and compensation.

The first type of claim you may bring would be against the truck driver. If he or she caused the accident it may not be difficult to prove that he or she was at fault and should be held liable. However, individuals often do not have the kind of money that can compensate you fully for your damages.

If the driver was working for a company, they may sometimes be held vicariously liable for any damages caused by the driver. They are responsible for hiring and training qualified drivers and may have shown negligence in failing to do so.

Alcohol is a contributing factor in many motor vehicle accidents and may have played a role in yours. If the truck driver was impaired at the time of the accident, it may be possible to bring a claim against the bar or restaurant that over-served him or her.

If you or someone you love have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted, drunk or otherwise negligent trucker, it can be difficult to know where to turn. Consider speaking with an experienced personal injury attorney who handles motor vehicle accident claims. He or she can work with you to help you investigate the root of the accident, determine who was at fault and pursue any appropriate claims.

Source: Injured, "Truck Accidents: Three Ways to Sue," Deanne Katz, Feb. 5, 2013

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