How much are injuries worth in a Truck Accident?

In 2013, 54 million people sustained injuries from traffic collisions. This resulted in 1.4 million deaths in 2013, up from 1.1 million deaths in 1990. About 68,000 of these occurred in children less than five years old. Many of the more serious accidents involved trucks. Here are examples of two recent cases settled by the Law Office of Marc J. Atas and Associates involving trucks. Both demonstrate how when a truck is involved the injuries are very serious and the settlements can be in the millions.

$1,750,000.00 – Seventy-four-year-old pedestrian was struck by truck in crosswalk in Maryland. Pedestrian found lying on back with right leg pinned at the knee underneath front passenger wheel of truck. A hydraulic car jack was required to remove pedestrian’s leg from underneath the tire of the truck before she could be placed in the ambulance. Pedestrian suffered an open right leg fracture. Despite multiple surgical procedures and aggressive rehabilitation modalities, pedestrian has significant permanent, disfigurements, mutilation and scarring on her leg and abdomen as well as functional limitations and chronic pain which interfere with daily activities for the rest of her life including climbing, normal gait, kneeling, managing stairs, and walking long distances. Life expectancy 10 years.

$2,250,000.00- Plaintiff who was pregnant at the time of the accident was in her 30’s, married, had 3 children. Plaintiff died as a result of the accident. Medical expenses were minimal. Plaintiff worked 2 jobs. In addition, there were funeral expenses.  Deceased was an illegal alien. Deceased was a shoulder/lap belted front seat passenger in the mini-van driven by her husband. Prior to the initial impact, both Deceased and her husband heard the defendant driving a truck hit his brakes. Both immediately looked back to see what was going on. While looking back, they saw the truck coming toward them at a high rate of speed and they braced for the collision, fearful for their safety. The initial impact in this case was to the rear of the plaintiff’s vehicle. Initial 911 notifications occurred at 11:28 AM. EMS -1 was dispatched to the scene at 11:34 AM; arrival to accident scene was 11:40 AM. Assessed damage to Deceased vehicle by fire department personnel included greater than 24” intrusion to all sides of the van as well as the entire roof assembly, C posts and B posts were sheared away from the vehicle. The rear tailgate was pushed forward all the way forward to the front passenger side tire. (Refer to Anne Arundel Fire Department Incident Number 2000828696; attached.) Deceased had remained conscious, and spoke to her husband immediately following the crash. Having sustained multiple painful injuries, she passed out prior to the arrival of the medic unit/first responders. Deceased’s seat was pushed upwards and was noted to be deformed. Deceased was found unable to breathe with an obstructed airway due to the movement of her seat upon impact. An off duty EMT repositioned her head and she resumed breathing at that time.  At the hospital a female infant was delivered at 12:24 PM, with APGAR scores of 0, 0, and 0.  A 75 % placental abruption was observed by Dr. Lindsey.

If you have any questions regarding injuries you received in your truck accident, then call the Law Office of Marc J. Atas And Associates at 410-752-4878 or 800-849-4878. We are located at 6 East Mulberry Street Baltimore Maryland 21202.

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