If you’ve been involved in a vehicle crash with a commercial truck and were injured by the incident, you might be able to recover for your damages by filing a lawsuit. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, between 2011 and 2012, injuries from truck crashes rose by 18 percent. So, if you regularly drive on populated roads where commercial trucks drive, you certainly are at risk of being involved in an accident with one of them. There are several facts that you need to keep in mind should you be the victim of such an unfortunate event. Firstly, before filing a lawsuit, you should check with your insurance company to find out whether or not your accident will be covered by your policy. Lawsuits simply aren’t necessary in some cases where insurance will cover the damages. If you do end up suing, though, there are potentially several defendants such as the truck driver or their employer, the trucking company, or the insurance company. Also, even if you were partially at-fault for the accident, you might still be able to sue. Depending on the state in which the accident occurred, you might be awarded under the pure comparative fault rule, the modified comparative fault rule, or in a negligence lawsuit. Lastly, how much you can expect to be compensated will largely be determined by the severity of your injuries. If you’ve been injured in a commercial truck accident, you should speak with a personal injury lawyer to discuss your options and maximize your chance of being compensated for your hardships.
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