Victims impacted by a truck accident have legal protections to consider when harmed. A truck accident in Roanoke recently claimed the life of a 16-year-old victim. The crash, which is under investigation, took place between a tractor trailer and a minivan. The victim who was killed was a passenger in the minivan. The driver of the minivan and the front-seat passenger both suffered injuries and were taken to a local hospital for medical treatment. No charges had been filed immediately following the truck accident.
Truck accidents can take place in a second and alter the lives of victims and their families forever. Victims may face unexpected medical care and treatment costs and may be unable to work, creating additional financial and emotional strain on their lives. Victims may also face a long and slow recovery process and physical challenges that may include disability. Surviving family members of victims killed in truck accidents may also suffer financial and emotional damages.
Legal protections are in place to help victims and their families through the difficult times that follow a truck accident. Personal injury legal protections can help victims recover damages from a negligent truck driver or trucking company. Victims may recover compensation for medical expenses, lost wages and pain and suffering damages. Additionally, surviving family members of victims may recover compensation for damages including medical and funeral expenses, loss of support and services and other damages depending on the circumstances.
Victims of truck accidents and their families may face significant physical, financial and emotional harm following a truck accident and may not know where to turn. It is important that they understand the legal options available that provide protections and assistance to victims of truck accidents.
Source: wset.com, “16-year-old victim identified in deadly Roanoke crash,” Ashley Ann, March 4, 2017