What Should Victims Expect Following A Dump Truck Accident

by Terry Bryant

When a dump truck causes an accident, the results are often tragic. Sedans and compact cars are no match for a huge cargo vehicle, especially when that vehicle is burdened with a heavy load. Severe injuries often result from these incidents, and victims may sustain permanent disability due to serious trauma. What is most frustrating, though, is that these crashes are usually caused by error or negligence of the driver.

Broken bones, lacerations, burns, crushing injuries, and traumatic brain or spine injuries are all common outcomes following a dump truck accident. Traumatic brain and spine injuries often produce the worst prognoses, as a victim may be rendered paraplegic or quadriplegic, or may sustain significant cognitive debilitation. Severe traumatic brain injuries can cause issues with speech, motor function, concentration, problem-solving, balance, or mood regulation. It can also cause chronic pain and nausea.

Following a crash, an injury attorney can help a victim pursue compensation for their injuries, and these claims can get quite complex. In addition to the driver, the driver’s employer will likely be named as a defendant, along with any personnel responsible for the vehicle’s upkeep, like the vehicle owner and the employer’s maintenance crews. By bringing claims against multiple defendants, an attorney will increase the chances of securing a favorable settlement for the victim and ensuring they get the compensation they need for medical costs and lost wages.