A victim of a truck accident may suffer severe injuries requiring extensive hospitalization and even long-term rehabilitative treatment. In addition, it is possible that the victim may be unable to work during the recovery period. If the injuries are of a severe enough nature, the victim could even lose some or all of the earning capacity that he or she had prior to the accident.
The one saving grace in all of this is that it is possible for the victim to receive recompense to help cover medical expenses and other costs related to the accident.
One way to obtain an appropriate level of compensation is to file a civil suit against the responsible party or parties. In regards to a truck accident case, there are typically two primary parties who may be held liable; the driver of the truck in question and the company who hired that driver.
The question of which parties may be held liable may depend on the circumstances of the accident. For example, the trucking company may be held liable if the accident was due to a mechanical issue the company failed to properly address.
On the other hand, a driver may be held liable if the accident were caused by an act of negligence. Acts of negligence could include such things as driving while texting or driving while impaired by alcohol or drugs.
If you or a family member have been injured in a truck accident, the manner in which you choose to pursue compensation will likely be contingent upon the circumstances of the accident. A California personal injury attorney could investigate the accident and may be able to make recommendations regarding the most effective ways to pursue compensation.