Chattanooga Personal Injury Attorneys

How Much Compensation Are You Entitled To After A Trucking Accident?

How Much Compensation Are You Entitled To After A Trucking Accident?

When you are injured in a semi-truck accident (trucking accident), you are often entitled to receive compensation for more than just the repairs to your truck. Compensation could also include lost wages, medical bills, and other related expenses from the auto insurance company or from the other driver’s car insurance company. So how do you know how much you are entitled to receive in a trucking accident claim?

The following information can help you get the most out of your truck accident claim.

How Do You Determine Fault In a Trucking Accident?

In some situations, like a rear-end collision where you hit the vehicle in front of you, the other driver will almost always be considered at no fault. However, other types of trucking accidents are not so clear and with the tables turned you may be the driver who is not at fault for the damages.

The best way to assist the process of your auto insurance company in determining who is at fault is to give information to your claims adjuster. This information includes a thorough explanation of what happened. If you don’t believe you are at fault, presenting a reasonable argument with details regarding why you are not at fault that includes supportive details can ensure your claim works in your favor.

Can You Prove Contributory Negligence?

Negligence involves any careless behavior that contributes to an accident. A few states allow contributory negligence evidence when determining whether someone is entitled to compensation for an injury caused by a truck accident. When contributory negligence is concerned, if the other driver can prove that you are partially at fault for the accident you will not be compensated for payment of your personal injury claim.

How Will Comparative Negligence Affect My Claim?

Comparative negligence is used by most states and is used when determining how victims of truck accidents should be compensated. When comparative negligence is applied to a claim where you are partially at fault, your compensation may be reduced. Depending on your state, there are two types of comparative negligence that will be used to determine how much compensation you will qualify for. These two types are as follows:

Modified comparative fault: Compensation is given in proportion to the amount of the accident that was not your fault, with the stipulation that you are only at fault for LESS THAN 50%-51% of the truck accident.

Pure comparative negligence: Compensation is given in proportion to the total amount of the accident that was not your fault. If injuries equal to $80,000 and you were considered 50% at fault for the accident, your damages will be reduced by 50 percent, allowing you to be compensated for $40,000.

Want to know more about how much you are entitled to in a trucking accident? Call Dennis and King Law today to get all the support and answers you need for your personal injury claim or fill out our contact form here!

By |2022-03-14T19:33:02-07:00May 10th, 2017|General Info|0 Comments
Personal injury attorneys - Cover of the the "know your rights after a serious car accident" PDF


Your Rights After A Serious Car Accident

  • This field is for validation purposes and should be left unchanged.

Looking for more free resources to help you with your personal injury claim?

10 best attorney of 2021 in client satisfaction


Auto Accident Settlement


ATV Accident


Auto Accident Settlement


Tractor Trailer Accident


Tractor Trailer Accident


Auto Accident Settlement


Tractor Trailer Accident


Auto Accident Settlement


Motorcycle Accident Settlement


A personal approach to personal injury

Personal Injury

Car Accidents

Truck Accidents

Motorcycle Accidents

ATV Accidents





“I would highly recommend Ms Dennis, she is very kind, and she listens to your concerns. And the staff is great also. My family and I can not thank her enough for her help during the lost of our love one. Thank you!”


“My experience with Dennis & king law was absolutely amazing she got me the money I need for my pain in suffering she was honest the entire way until time for me to settle. She checked on me to make sure I was doing fine… great outcome!!”


“My experience with Dennis & King was overwhelmingly positive. I chose them when I was hurt in a car accident… I ended up getting a nice settlement in a matter of weeks…”



Free Strategy Session

During your initial strategy session, we will assist you in creating a strategy in how to best pursue your claim, whether it be the result of a car accident claim, 18 wheeler injury, or, other kind of personal injury claim.

There are 5 points to your free claim strategy session:

  • First, we will listen to your story. You will have a chance to tell everything to someone who wants to hear what happened to you.
  • Based on the information you provide, we will give you our best advice on both what claims you have and the next steps you should consider to go forward with your claim.
  • If you claim is something that we think we can help you with, we will explain the services that we can provide for you, and what the next steps are that we should take. We will start working immediately.
  • If your matter is something that we do not think we can help you with, then we will attempt to put you in contact with another lawyer that might be able to help you.
  • Either way, what should happen is we will put to rest some of the unknowns that you may be experiencing. We will start to shed light on what you can expect and how to best pursue the benefits you deserve.