A person involved in an Albuquerque trucking accident may sustain serious personal injuries which could result in lost earnings. One common injury is a traumatic brain injury, or TBI. This is because collisions with large commercial trucks like 18 wheelers, semi tractor trailers, big rigs, and other box trucks can result in catastrophic damage. This is particularly true on a highway or interstate, like I-40, I-10, or I-25 which carve through New Mexico. The sheer size, weight, and speed of these semi tractor trailers on interstates can easily cause head injuries like traumatic brain injuries which result in lost earnings after an Albuquerque trucking accident.
Here at the NM Truck Accident Attorneys, we help people who have sustained a traumatic brain injury due to an Albuquerque trucking accident. These are very complicated claims in that trucking litigation is not like normal motor vehicle accident litigation, as there are many federal regulations and different discovery issues regarding the big rig that most regular motor vehicle accident lawyers simply do not know. These claims are also more difficult because traumatic brain injuries are some of the most complicated and difficult injuries to prove given their complexity. Our Albuquerque trucking accident lawyers know how to handle these types of cases and these types of injuries, including protecting a victim’s rights to lost earnings. If you or a loved one have a TBI caused by an 18 wheeler wreck anywhere in New Mexico, please call us for a free consultation by dialing (505) 883-5000 today.
Lost earnings is a measure of “damages.” Under New Mexico law, “damages” is a type of relief that a party may recover in a claim. Damage can mean many different things, but in personal injury cases the damages are most likely monetary compensation. The most common damage in an Albuquerque trucking accident is pain and suffering.
But lost earnings can be even more significant than the best pain and suffering claims. This is because lost earnings govern what money the victim of a box truck crash has lost by being unable to continue working in the same capacity. Said differently, lost earnings is a measure of damages for what the victim can no longer earn, or what wages the victim would have earned if the trucking accident did not cause the injury.
For example, a person was earning $50,000 a year. He was involved in an 18 wheeler wreck causing a traumatic brain injury. He can no longer work for the rest of his life. This injured person may be entitled to $50,000 for the rest of his life. This life is measured from the life expectancy chart from an actuary.
By way of another example, if that same person was earning $50,000 a year pre-accident and, after the trucking accident causing a TBI can only keep employment earning him $20,000 a year, he may now be entitled to $30,000 a year in lost earnings for his life expectancy.
Lost earnings after a trucking accident resulting in a traumatic brain injury or TBI is very common. This is because a TBI can cause debilitating and permanent injuries affecting memory, focus, processing, speech, and other functions of the brain. TBIs can also result in debilitating headaches which impair function further. If you or a loved one have suffered a serious TBI and you are no longer able to work, or no longer able to earn the same salary that you were earning before the accident, call to schedule a FREE appointment with our experienced Albuquerque trucking accident lawyer to learn what we can do for you. We handle cases throughout New Mexico, including in Lordsburg, Albuquerque, Santa Fe, Roswell, or anywhere else. Call the NM Truck Accident Attorneys by dialing (505) 883-5000 to learn how we can help. You can also contact us on our website through the easy to use and convenient Contact box located by clicking here.