What are the Damages Awarded in Trucking Accidents

Trucking accidents are complicated and every individual case has different details. A qualified personal injury lawyer who is familiar with truck accident cases can not only help you receive compensation for your damages from the culpable party, but also help you deal with the insurance company.

Who is held responsible for the injuries?

In order to receive compensation, it is important to determine who was at fault. The party that is held accountable for the casualties in a truck accident depends on the specific circumstances of each case. Example of entities that can be held responsible for the injury and damages the victim underwent include:

  • A truck driver
  • The truck company
  • Equipment manufacturers
  • Another reckless driver
  • Government entities


Victims who undergo personal injury or car damage in a trucking accident due to the recklessness of a truck driver may be eligible to receive compensation from the responsible party. The damages that are awarded in personal injury cases are divided into two types: financial damages and non-economic damages.

Financial Damages

This comprises of the material damages the victim underwent due to the truck accident. The victim receives compensation for both present damages and expenses that may be required in the future due to the truck accident. The things that come under economic or financial damages include:

  • loss of wages
  • damages to the automobile
  • medical expenses
  • financial support for those dependent on the victim
  • property damages

Non-economic Damages

This comprises of damages that are intangible, which is why requesting compensation for them is more complex. It is therefore important that the victim is supported by a solid lawyer who is able to clearly demonstrate how the truck accident impacted the victim. The things that come under non-economic damages are:

  • Emotional anguish
  • Mental distress
  • Pain and suffering
  • Reduced quality of life
  • Loss of a loved one

Trucking accident cases might be complicated but understand the key elements like the reason behind the accident and the entities linked to the truck and the load it was carrying can help you present your claim and receive compensation for the damages.

Injuries resulting from trucking accidents can be severe and life-altering. It is therefore important that you refer to a professional personal injury lawyer who will work to protect your legal rights and pursue rightful compensation. Contact the team at Wright & James, P.C. to start your recovery process at 404-624-7447.


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