On average, 14,000 heavy vehicle accidents, defined as trucks weighing at least 10,900 kg, occur each year in British Columbia. Approximately 3,300 people are seriously injured– primarily the occupants of the passenger car– and 56 lose their lives. If you’ve been the victim of a truck accident, you are likely facing a long and difficult recuperation, and often permanent life changes. Because you are unable to work and may never work again, you are justifiably anxious for you and your family’s future.
A Kelowna truck accident lawyer from our firm can protect your rights while helping you receive the maximum compensation for your injuries. Our team of compassionate professionals have helped victims of truck and other motor vehicle accidents for 60 years.
Truck accident injuries
Recovering from an injury may mean weeks or months of hospitalization and rehabilitation. Those suffering the most severe injuries may find themselves confined to wheelchairs or requiring other special equipment for the rest of their lives. These injuries include:
Who is liable?
While accidents happen in an instant, a thorough understanding of the causes of the crash takes time, hard work, and diligence. That is why you should obtain legal advice as soon as possible.
A personal injury law firm will investigate the circumstances of the accident which are often complex, with multiple liable parties. Depending upon the results of the investigation, it may prove, for example, that the following are responsible for the collision:
While the truck driver may have been negligent, it is also possible that the accident happened because the freight company did not secure the cargo correctly or overloaded the truck. These are common causes, especially those involving jackknifing or rollovers.
Blown tires, brake failure or loss of steering are also frequent mechanical issues in truck accidents. An investigation may show that defective parts were involved, or that the trucking company did not maintain the vehicle according to strict regulations.
Truck accident damages
Monetary compensation, or damages, for truck accidents may include:
When those who are liable for the accident have behaved in a particularly egregious manner, it is also possible to recover punitive damages.
Contact our Preszler team of Kelowna truck accident lawyers
If you or someone you know was seriously hurt in a truck accident, contact a dedicated personal injury lawyer. Unlike many other law firms, we only represent plaintiffs, not insurance companies. Call us 24/7 or contact us online to arrange a complimentary consultation. You pay us nothing unless we win your case.