Truck Accidents Punitive Damages
When a person is injured by a semi, they understandably want to maximize their recovery. These accidents almost always result in serious injuries for the person or people in the passenger vehicle, so getting as much money as possible is vitally important. One avenue that could be available to you is punitive damages. Your truck accident attorney will examine your case to determine if you may be eligible for these damages. If you are, they will aggressively fight to get you the money you deserve.
Punitive damages are done to punish the trucking company or truck driver for certain conduct. It is done to discourage others from engaging in these activities. This might include things like ignoring hours of service requirements, hauling loads that exceed weight requirements, not perming safety inspections on equipment, and more. If the truck that caused your accident is found to have engaged in this conduct, the jury may assign punitive damages.
Most trucking companies are honest and follow the rules, but some cut corners. Because time is money in the trucking industry, it is tempting to push safety standards to the back burner in order to increase profits. When companies do this and cause accidents, they need to be punished. This sends the message to other truckers and trucking companies that they will be held accountable for ignoring the rules. If you have been injured in a trucking accident in Portland or anywhere in Oregon, you need an experienced truck accident attorney to get you the compensation you deserve.
At Johnson Law, we have helped many clients injured in truck accidents and will aggressively fight to get you the money you are entitled to. We know that these injuries are life-changing and we will do everything we can to make you as whole as possible after your accident. For a free consultation to discuss your truck accident, contact Johnson Law right away.