Due to the disparity in size and weight between trucks and ordinary cars, injuries arising from truck accidents tend to be more severe for the occupants of smaller vehicles. The risk factors in truck accidents are often driver-related such as drunk driving, distracted driving, driver exhaustion, and poor vehicle maintenance. Depending on the circumstances surrounding a truck vs. car collision, injured parties may be entitled to compensation against the negligent or reckless party.
Truck Accident While under the Influence
A California jury recently awarded compensation to a driver who was injured in a truck vs. auto collision. The accident happened in an intersection more than 2 years ago when a delivery truck crashed into the sedan that the plaintiff was stopped at a red light.
Authorities found drug paraphernalia such as needles, foil with drug residue, and a packet of suboxone, a prescriptive drug for treating opioid addiction. Blood tests also showed that the truck driver had methamphetamines and opioids in his system at the time of the crash.
Evidence during the trial also showed that the driver had a long history of drug use, felonies, drug rehabilitation, imprisonment, and license suspension prior to his employment as a truck driver.
Plaintiff also alleged that he suffered mild brain injury, facet injury, and severe whiplash which required extensive medical procedures and lifetime therapy to alleviate pain.
After trial, the jury awarded more than $2 million in damages to cover:
- Plaintiff’s past and future medical expenses
- Plaintiff’s past and future economic losses
- Punitive damages
While an intoxicated or negligent driver can be charged criminally for DUI, the injured party can also pursue compensation in a civil personal injury lawsuit.
If you are injured in a truck accident, several legal issues must be sorted out with the help of an experienced Sherman Oaks truck accident attorney. Your lawyer can examine your case and determine whether you have a right to claim compensation, who the responsible parties are, and the value of compensation that you may have under the situation.
Throughout the San Fernando Valley and other parts of Los Angeles, California, the attorneys at Fox and Fox Law Corporation have over 30 years of truck accident experience. We are dedicated to helping injured clients recover the true value of compensation that they legally deserve. Call us today at (818) 986-4494 to schedule a free consultation with one of our attorneys.