A crash involving two tractor-trailers last month closed a portion of southbound Interstate 55 (I-55) near the Interstate 80 (I-80) interchange in Will County near Joliet. Closures were expected to last at least three hours because of the truck accident.
The crash led to soybeans and water bottles covering all lanes of I-55, and the accident is a good reminder of the chaotic scene that can unfold following truck accidents. Major commercial trucks are usually hauling a variety of goods, and collisions can lead to various items being strewn across roadways.
Possible Damages in a Truck Accident Case
When it comes to most commercial truck accident cases, the people who suffer injuries in wrecks are right to wonder what kind of damages they may be entitled to. In most cases that go to trial, a jury award is for compensatory damages that can include both economic damages and noneconomic damages.
Economic damages are losses that are calculable and provable. Noneconomic damages are much more subjective.
Common kinds of economic damages people can be awarded in a truck accident case may include:
Medical Bills — You can recover money for all of your past, present, and future medical expenses or costs relating to your medical care.
Lost Wages — You may be entitled to money for any income you have lost or will continue to lose because of your injuries.
Property Damage — You can recover money to cover the costs of repairs to your motor vehicle because of the accident.
Noneconomic damages can also include a number of specific types of awards, such as:
Pain and Suffering — Many people who are involved in truck accidents are dealing with considerable pain and suffering for weeks and even years after an accident, so this award compensates them for the prolonged pain.
Disfigurement — Some people will never look the same as they once did because of these accidents, so these awards compensate people for dramatic changes to personal appearances.
Loss of Consortium — This award compensates people whose injuries have impacted their intimate relations with a domestic partner.
Call Us Today to Speak with a Will County Truck Accident Lawyer
Did you suffer severe injuries or was your loved one killed in a truck accident in Will County? You will want to get the help of a skilled Joliet truck accident attorney at McNamara Phelan McSteen, LLC. Our firm fights to help people in truck accidents recover as much financial compensation as possible for all of their losses. Call 815-727-0100 or contact us online to set up a free consultation.