If you are hurt in a truck accident, you may be entitled to compensation. However, you must first show that another party was responsible for any losses that you incurred in a crash that occurred on an Arizona road or highway. In addition, you must have evidence to verify the extent of current losses or the potential extent of future losses.
Proving negligence occurred
There are multiple elements that must be established to prove that another party was liable for damages in your case. First, you must show that another party violated their duty of care toward others. This may be done by introducing evidence of driver impairment or fatigue. Furthermore, you must be able to show that you incurred a financial loss. This is typically done by submitting medical bills or an invoice from a car repair shop.
Calculating actual damages
Calculating actual damages tends to be one of the most straightforward parts of a truck accident claim. This is because you simply get reimbursed for any bills that you have already accrued. Lost wages are generally calculated by multiplying your base wage by the number of hours that you typically work each pay period. If you are on salary, your yearly pay can be divided by 52 weeks or 365 days to determine how much you should receive.
Calculating other damages is harder
Calculating other types of damages can be harder because they tend to be subjective. For instance, you don’t know what the trajectory of your career would have been if you weren’t hurt. Therefore, you can’t predict how much you stand to lose in future earnings based on what you think would happen in future years.
Truck accident cases may take several months or years to complete as there tend to be many components to them. However, it’s worth noting that you are within your rights to accept a settlement at any time. If you don’t think that other parties are negotiating in good faith, you typically have the ability to pursue litigation.