Truck vs. Bicycle Collisions
Cyclists already stand a high chance of being injured in any crash with a motor vehicle because there is little to protect them from direct impact with the car. These odds increase exponentially when they have been in a crash with a truck. A vehicle that could weigh up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded will likely cause catastrophic injuries to an unprotected bicyclist.
If there is a side-impact crash between a truck and a bicyclist, the biker will die in roughly half of the accidents. Those who are fortunate enough to survive are likely dealing with severe injuries. These can include spinal cord injuries and traumatic brain injuries. Therefore, whatever claim is filed (by the cyclist or their surviving family) will usually have a high dollar value. If the bicyclist did not survive the crash, their family can file a wrongful death claim against the truck driver. The family can receive their own damages from the loss of their loved one, including the deceased person’s lost wages and payment for their own grief and trauma.
Trucking Companies Can Be Responsible
What may make these claims even more valuable is the fact that the bicyclist or their family can sue the employer of the trucker that caused the crash. Wrongful death or catastrophic claims against companies can lead to large settlements, both because of the significant injuries and the amount of insurance coverage that these companies have. The crucial things are to know how much a claim is worth and fight for all the money that you legally deserve.
Hire an East Georgia Truck Accident Lawyer
The Law Firm of Ben F Windham PC is experienced at helping accident victims and their families recover financially for serious injuries. Contact us online or call us today at 833.236.467 to discuss your case.