Back in April 2015, a truck driver rear-ended a car full of nursing students on their way to the last day of their clinical rotation. According to news reports at the time, the truck driver was traveling in excess of 70 miles per hour at the time of the collision, and he failed to apply his brakes before slamming into the back of the students’ vehicle that was last in a long line of stopped traffic. In all, five students were killed in the crash, leaving just one survivor.
After the accident, the truck driver pleaded guilty to five counts of first-degree vehicular homicide, receiving a sentence of five years in jail. Additionally, the families of the deceased students filed wrongful death cases against the driver and his employer, which have since all been settled out of court. However, the trucking company could not reach a settlement with the only surviving victim of the terrible accident.
According to a recent news report, a Georgia jury just awarded the lone survivor $15 million as compensation for her physical injuries as well as the emotional pain and suffering that she was put through as a result of the accident. The jury heard evidence that the woman not only incurred significant medical expenses as a result of the accident but also lives with the persistent anxiety, manifesting itself as frequent nightmares and an ever-present fear of dying.
Availability of Non-Economic Damages in Truck Accident Cases
The physical injuries associated with being an accident victim are really just half of what a truck accident victim must face. Often, accident victims suffer significant emotional pain and suffering in the wake of a serious truck accident. In Georgia, these types of damages are called “non-economic” damages because they are cannot easily be ascertained, unlike medical expenses or lost wages that can be determined with some certainty.
Non-economic damages are very important for accident victims because they allow them to obtain full compensation for their injuries, rather than obtaining only what they have already spent on medical bills and other expenses. Non-economic damages may cover things such as the loss of enjoyment of life, loss of companionship, and disability or disfigurement.
Have You Been Injured in a Georgia Truck Accident?
If you or a loved one has recently been a victim of a Georgia truck accident, you may be entitled to monetary compensation. The skilled personal injury attorneys at Miller Legal Services understand that merely recovering for medical bills does not put an accident victim in the position where they were before the accident. We know that non-economic damages are crucial to a full and fair award, and we work diligently for our clients to make sure that they pursue what they deserve. Call 770-284-3727 to set up a free consultation today with a dedicated attorney. Calling is risk-free, since we will not bill you for our services unless we can help you obtain the compensation you deserve.
More Blog Posts:
Georgia Appellate Court Holds Teacher Who Left Classroom Is Entitled to Immunity in Wrongful Death Lawsuit, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, January 24, 2016.
Delivery Driver Struck While Delivering Fuel to Gas Station Allowed to Proceed in Premises Liability Case, Marietta Personal Injury Lawyer Blog, February 1, 2017.