What Damages Can Be Recovered in an 18 Wheeler Accident Claim in Alabama?

Accidents involving 18 wheelers can be devastating. The sheer size of these vehicles often means that the resulting injuries are severe and may even be life-changing. If you've been injured in an 18 wheeler accident in Alabama, you need a knowledgeable and experienced Alabama personal injury lawyer like Stephen Thompson to help you navigate the complex litigation process and get the compensation you deserve.

In the aftermath of an 18 wheeler accident, you may be wondering about the damages you can recover from your accident claim. While every accident is unique and dependent on a variety of factors, there are a few general categories of damages that you may be eligible to recoup.

Medical Expenses

Medical costs are often the most substantial damages incurred in an 18 wheeler accident. These expenses include not only immediate emergency room visits, surgeries, and hospital stays, but also ongoing medical care such as physical therapies, follow-up appointments, prescription medications, and any future medical treatments or surgeries connected to your injuries. 

Lost Wages and Future Earning Capacity

If you have been unable to work due to your injuries, you may also be eligible to recover compensation for lost wages. Furthermore, if your ability to work in the competent capacity is impaired due to the accident, you can also be compensated for lost earning capacity. This means calculating the difference of your potential earnings before and after the accident.

Pain and Suffering

Pain and suffering encompass both physical pain and emotional distress. It includes ongoing pain from injuries, anxiety, depression or post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) due to the accident. Calculating pain and suffering damages can be complex, but a skilled attorney like Stephen Thompson can help ensure your emotional distress is not overlooked in your claim.

Loss of Consortium

If your injuries have undermined your relationship with your spouse or caused a loss of affection, companionship, comfort, or sexual relations, you may be able to recover damages for these losses. This claim is usually filed by the injured person's spouse.

Property Damage

If your car or any other personal belonging was damaged during the accident, you might be compensated for repairs or the fair market value of the property before the crash.

Punitive Damages

In certain circumstances, if the conduct of the truck driver or trucking company was extremely reckless or negligent, punitive damages may be awarded. These damages aim to punish the defendant and deter others from similar behavior.


In wrongful death cases involving an 18 wheeler accident, families may also be able to recover costs associated with funeral expenses, lost income, loss of care or companionship and emotional anguish.

To accurately calculate and present all these damages requires a proficient personal injury attorney, one who understands the intricacies of law in Alabama, and has experience in handling 18 wheeler accident claims. Stephen Thompson, with his extensive experience as a personal injury lawyer in Alabama, can guide you through the process, meticulously assembling and presenting your case to ensure that you receive the maximum compensation to which you're legally entitled.

Being a victim of an 18 wheeler accident is life-altering. However, you do not have to face this challenging journey alone. Reach out to Stephen Thompson, your reliable and dedicated car accident attorney in Alabama, and let his expertise pave the way to your rightful recovery and peace of mind. 

Every accident has its unique aspects, and this article provides a general overview. For a comprehensive understanding of what damages may be recoverable in your specific situation, contact Stephen Thompson, your Alabama personal injury lawyer, for a consultation.

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