The Effects of Truck Accidents

Truckers have it hard; being on the road all the time, working long hours, and being away from family. A lot of things call for compromise when you choose to be a truck driver, although the payout is enough to compensate for it. Truckers carry heavy loads from one point to another, more often covering long distances in order to deliver an order. The demand for delivery and long working hours is among the main reasons why there are truck accidents in many of the roads in the U.S.

When a truck driver gets involved in a collision or accident while on the job, their injuries are covered by worker’s compensation regardless of where the accident had taken place. Since the majority of these truck accidents happen away from the employer’s main office, it would help to have legal representation, such as Williams Kherkher who has represented many victims in these types of accidents, to assist in filing for worker’s compensation. The long distances can be a hindrance in acquiring the necessary financial aid to cover for the medical bills, rehabilitation costs, lost wages, and other damages.

Aside from the worker’s compensation, a truck driver can also file for a claim versus the other driver or insurance company for physical and emotional pain and suffering. This can be pursued if the accident was caused by the other driver’s negligence or recklessness, and particularly if the accident resulted in a permanent disability. When it comes to personal injury claims against a third party, it is necessary to prove that negligence is the cause of the accident and injury; on the other hand, worker’s compensation can be given even if the accident was caused by you.

For those who choose to claim both worker’s compensation and personal injury – it should be noted that these two have different time requirement for filing. Worker’s compensation should be file immediately (within a matter of days), otherwise the employer may have a defense against providing for your claim. Likewise, personal injury claims can be filed for up to five years (depending on which state), and when evidence of a permanent disability are really apparent.

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