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Legal protections for truck accident victims

Truck accidents can result in catastrophic injuries for victims including potential disability, disfigurement and physical and emotional scarring. Truck accidents can be traumatizing and cause serious injuries to truck accident victims largely because of the overwhelming size disparity of trucks compared to the other passenger vehicles they share the roadways with.

A typical, fully-loaded, commercial truck weighs 25 times as much as an average passenger vehicle which can pose extreme dangers for truck accident victims. During 2006, large truck accidents resulted in nearly 5,000 fatalities and 106,000 injuries. Victims of truck accidents can suffer a host of damages including medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. In addition, truck accident victims may need help with ongoing medical care and treatment and may suffer lost-earning capacity they also need help with.

Personal injury legal protections can help victims of truck accidents with the physical, financial and emotional damages they have suffered. When a truck driver or trucking company has acted negligently, resulting in a truck accident that injures victims, they may be liable to compensate truck accident victims for the harm suffered. Truck drivers and trucking companies can be negligent in a variety of ways including by driving in an unsafe manner and failing to properly maintain equipment, as well as in other ways as well.

Victims of truck accidents should be familiar with the legal protections available to them when they have been harmed in an unexpected truck accident. Truck accidents can present the unthinkable for truck accident victims and create real havoc in their lives which is why they should be familiar with the legal remedies available to them.

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