Truck collisions are more common than most people realize. In Illinois, semi trucks are involved in roughly 12,000 collisions annually, according to the Illinois Department of Transportation. Close to 5,000 large trucks and buses were involved in fatal collisions nationwide in 2017, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration. The size difference between trucks and passenger vehicles means that the occupants of the smaller vehicles almost always suffer the brunt of the injuries—injuries that often require extensive hospital stays and surgeries.
An attorney will not only help prove that the truck driver or trucking company was at fault, but will hold the at-fault party responsible for full compensation through settlement negotiations or by filing a lawsuit. Trucking companies typically carry large insurance policies, which means there is a large amount of money on the line—a level of compensation that almost no passenger vehicle drivers carry. It may seem like getting hit by a truck is the worst possible scenario, but there is a silver lining in the fact that you stand to receive substantial compensation.
As the victim of a large truck or semi-truck collision, your injuries are likely severe. Common truck accident injuries include the following:
The more severe collisions often involve psychological and emotional trauma, as well, with the most common mental injuries being Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD), anxiety, fear, recurring nightmares, depression, and even thoughts of suicide. Diagnosing these types of mental and psychological injuries is crucial, as is seeking professional help as soon as possible. Therapists, psychologists, and psychiatrists, just like traditional medical professionals, are expensive, and treatment may be ongoing for months or years. Finding a way to pay for this crucial help is difficult without recovering substantial financial compensation from the negligent party.
Paying for medical care and other costs associated with your damages only adds more stress and desperation to an already difficult situation. A Rockford, Illinois lawyer with Brassfield, Krueger & Ramlow, Ltd. can help you and your family during this trying time. Contact us today to schedule a free consultation.
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