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What damages can you receive after a truck accident?

Pennsylvania residents who have been involved in a big rig accident may have suffered serious injuries. In addition to physical and emotional injuries, these victims may be suffering financially as the medical bills pile up. If the truck driver was at-fault for the accident, the victims may be able to recover damages in court. These damages will help victims get back on their feet and focus on the healing process.

The damages a victim can recover after an accident in Pittsburgh will be based on a number of factors. Some of the most common damages relate to medical expenses, both future and past. After a serious truck accident, victims may be able to receive compensation for medical expenses including hospital stays, emergency room treatments and ambulance fees. Victims may also receive payment for future medical expenses if it can be shown that continued medical care will be needed as a result of the accident injuries. There must be enough proof, including a medical opinion from a treating doctor, so that a jury can estimate how much these future treatments will cost. There are damages available for permanent disabilities, which are best proven by medical testimony.

Accidents cause millions of TBIs in America

Every day, people in America are involved in devastating accidents that leave them with severe injuries. Some of the most severe are traumatic brain injuries, which can have an effect on every aspect of a person's life. About 1.7 million traumatic brain injury deaths, hospitalizations and emergency room visits occur every year in the United States.

Brain injuries are caused by many different types of accidents, including slip-and-falls, sports collisions, and motor vehicle accidents. These accidents can cause trauma to the head which can result in both open and closed brain injuries. Open brain injuries typically mean that the skull has been fractured as a result of the head colliding into a hard surface. Closed head injuries are sometimes harder to detect because there is no fracture involved. They can be more serious than open head injuries due to potential swelling of the brain and possible blood clots in the skull.

Porsche faces wrongful death suit after celebrity death

When a fatal car accident occurs, many people assume that one of the drivers was at fault. However, this is not always the case. Some motor vehicle accidents in Pittsburgh are caused by defects in the vehicle itself. In such cases, the victims' families may file a wrongful death suit against the manufacturer of the vehicle.

About two years ago, movie fans all over the world were shocked and saddened by the death of "The Fast and the Furious" actor, Paul Walker. Walker was a passenger in a 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when the accident occurred. His friend and financial advisor owned the vehicle and was driving at the time of the accident. Both Walker and the driver were tragically killed.

Child fatally struck by driver in Shaler Township

Drivers are expected to exercise caution when they are behind the wheel. Drivers who behave negligently or are under the influence of drugs or alcohol can be held liable for any automobile accidents they cause. These accidents may involve other vehicles, pedestrians or mere bystanders. One man recently crashed into a little girl standing on her driveway in Shaler Township.

The 6-year-old girl, along with her mother and sister, was leaving a birthday party when the driver lost control of the vehicle and hit the girl. As a result, the girl suffered a fractured pelvis and internal injuries to her liver and lungs. She passed away at the hospital shortly after the accident.

Truck accidents can lead to serious injuries

Truck drivers are responsible for a number of pedestrian accidents and car accidents that occur in Pittsburgh. Commercial truck accidents, whether they involve other cars or pedestrians, can cause some of the most devastating injuries of all.

Commercial trucks, or big rigs, are typically used to transport commercial goods in the course of business. One of these large trucks can weigh over 80,000 pounds when fully loaded. The average passenger vehicle weighs close to 3,000 pounds. This large difference in size is the reason truck accidents lead to such serious injuries and fatalities.

Brain injuries can cause lifelong suffering for accident victims

Traumatic brain injuries, or TBIs, affect millions of people in this country every year. Typically, this type of injury occurs as a result of some sort of impact to the brain. A majority of brain injuries are caused by a blow or a jolt to the head or an object going through the skull. Motor vehicle accidents and slip and falls are some of the most common causes of brain injuries.

Doctors will use the Glasgow Coma Scale Test and CT and MRI scans to determine whether someone has sustained a brain injury. Doctors will also ask questions to see if anyone noticed any symptoms. Some of the most common symptoms of a brain injury include numbness, dizziness, slurred speech, severe headaches or vomiting. Symptoms generally appear soon after the injury occurs, but sometimes will not appear until later.

Determining negligence following a car accident

Did you know that in 2012, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, there were over 5.6 million car accidents? Thankfully, most of these accidents are minor and only leave people with damage to their cars or property. However, serious car accidents occur, often leaving victims with significant injuries and sometimes death.

Determining who is at fault in an auto accident is among the important steps in figuring out whether either or both drivers were negligent. Negligence can take many forms, including but not limited to distracted driving such as driving while texting or talking on the phone, failing to adhere to traffic signals or signs, speeding, driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol or even disregarding serious weather or dangerous traffic conditions. Reckless driving may also have been a factor in the accident. Reckless driving includes excessive speeding or changing lanes, and aggressive driving.

Families of accident victims can recover damages

One of the most difficult times in a person's life is when they have to deal with the loss of a loved one. The grieving process can be especially difficult when the person dies in a sudden and unexpected way. Fatal car accidents can leave families in complete turmoil, unsure about what to do next.

Fortunately, The Law Offices of Gismondi & Associates has years of experience assisting families with these next steps. The reality is that a number of Pittsburgh road accidents are caused by drivers who are negligent behind the wheel. These drivers should be held responsible for their actions and required to pay for damages.

IndyCar driver suffers head injury and dies after accident

Last week, we discussed a tragic car accident resulting in a wrongful death suit against NASCAR driver Tony Stewart. Another racing accident has left one IndyCar driver dead as a result of a head injury. Head injuries are common in many motor vehicle accidents, whether they occur on Pittsburgh highways or the racetrack.

IndyCar driver Justin Wilson was hit with a piece of debris from the car of rookie driver Sage Karem during a race at Pocono Raceway in Pennsylvania. Karem, who was leading at the time of the accident, crashed on his own and the debris from his vehicle spread all across the racetrack. Wilson was hit in the helmet by what appeared to be the nose cone of Karem's car, after it bounced on the track. Wilson was then seemingly knocked unconscious, and his car swerved into the inside wall.

NASCAR driver faces wrongful death suit after tragic accident

When a fatal car accident occurs, both criminal and civil charges may be filed against all responsible parties. Even when criminal charges are dropped, the family of the victim may still proceed with their wrongful death suit in civil court and may recover damages from the driver responsible for the accident.

NASCAR driver Tony Stewart was involved in a highly publicized fatal accident on the racetrack last year in which fellow driver Kevin Ward Jr. was killed. Stewart and Ward Jr. were involved in an incident on the racetrack that prevented Ward from continuing in the race. When Ward Jr. got out of his car, possibly to confront Stewart, Stewart crashed into him. Stewart says that the accident was completely unintentional. An Ontario County district attorney's report showed that Ward Jr. was under the influence of enough marijuana to impair his judgment at the time of the accident. Stewart was facing charges of manslaughter in the second degree and criminally negligent homicide. The grand jury did not indict Stewart.

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