You may be wondering, what is the average amount for a 18-wheeler accident settlement? Well, the fact is that there is no average amount to be found for truck accident settlements since there are so many variables (as indicated below). Suffice it to say that the extent of damages depends on two main things: 1) How much the truck driver was at fault and 2) How badly the victim was injured. If you put these two together you have a case ranging anywhere from no damages being awarded at all to up to an amount of $100 million plus in a case of the most severe injuries and damage for the victim coupled with an extremely negligent and reckless truck driver. The bottom line is that no two cases are the same and an average truck accident settlement amount would most likely be of little value to know.
However, if you’re still interested in finding out what the value of your truck accident might be, there are some ways to get an idea of what the settlement may result in. Also, we’ll explore some past truck accident settlements to help give you an idea of what amounts have actually been settled with trucking companies and truck drivers.
The roads are dangerous, especially when you’re sharing the roads with big 18-wheeler semi trucks. We’ve all had a “close call” with an 18-wheeler truck and know just how scary it can be. But, some of us do end up in an accident with an 18-wheeler, regardless of how hard we might try not to. Unlike a car wreck, an 18-wheeler accident is usually much more serious. The sheer size and weight of a semi truck means that the damages are much greater. Not only can an accident with a big rig truck cause total destruction of your vehicle, it can also result in life-changing injuries and even death.
The only thing that stands between you and an 18-wheeler truck after and accident is an 18-wheeler truck accident lawyer. A good truck accident lawyer can help you get the settlement you deserve. But, the question remains, just how much can you get from an 18-wheeler accident settlement?
In general, an 18-wheeler truck accident settlement is going to be much larger than almost any other motor vehicle injury. Some truck accidents settlements may only settle for tens of thousands up to hundreds of thousands. However, many of these settlements may run into the tens of millions of dollars, sometimes more.
Some recent accidents may help shed more light on the situation. Although not an 18-wheeler, a recent accident with a tow truck in East Brunswick, New Jersey resulted in a settlement of $1.5 million. A victim of a truck accident in northeastern Pennsylvania was awarded with a settlement of $26 million. One Texas man was awarded one of the largest settlements ever after an accident with an 18-wheeler truck for $140 million.
In the end, the amount varies depends upon several important factors. These factors include severity of the injuries, medical expenses after the truck accident, if the victim’s normal life is severely altered following the accident, the pain and suffering of the victim, and how bad the accident destroyed the victim’s property (severity of the damage to the motor vehicle). The settlement also depends on the amount of negligence on the part of the truck driver. If the driver wasn’t paying attention, if he was driving recklessly, if he was not obeying the laws, etc. then the driver will be held more responsible for the accident.
Although this can vary by state, in Texas fault is determined by looking at what extent you were responsible for the accident vs. how responsible the truck driver was for the accident. If it is determined that you are more than 50% responsible for the accident, the truck driver will not be held liable for the accident. However, anywhere above this percentage, the truck driver is at fault for the accident. The closer the driver is to 100% the more he is at fault for the accident and the greater the driver will be held liable (aka the higher the truck accident settlement).
Damages are determined by several factors after a truck accident. If you were injured in a truck accident, here are the types of damages you can receive compensation for:
If you or a loved one have been in an accident with a truck in Texas, you may want to talk to an experienced 18-wheeler accident attorney to assess the extent of your damages. Our truck accident attorneys will offer you a FREE case evaluation and help you to understand exactly how damages are determined in your truck accident case. If you’d like to speak to an attorney at Patrick Daniel Law, call us at (713) 999-6666 or contact us online.