Jacob R. Whitehill of Nixa, Missouri suffered moderate injuries in a Lawrence County Missouri semi truck accident. The truck accident occurred on November 21, 2011 at 4:20pm.
Whitehill’s 2000 Dodge collided with a 2007 Peterbilt Conventional semi truck on eastbound I-44, 3 miles west of Halltown. The semi truck was driven by Kentucky truck driver Joshua A. Kelly. The truck driver was not injured. Whitehill was taken by ambulance to St. John’s Hospital in Springfield, Missouri.
Truck accident victims who win a Missouri semi-truck accident lawsuit receive a damage award, or “damages.” The damage award is the amount of money designated to compensate the accident victim for injury or loss. There are four types of damages: compensatory damages, future damages, incidental damages, and punitive damages.
Compensatory damages aim to make the accident victim “whole” again. In other words, compensatory damages aim to put the accident victim in the same position as before the accident occurred. General compensatory damages compensate the accident victim for the loss sustained as a direct result for the accident. For example, general compensatory damages cover the medical expenses caused by physical injuries related to the semi truck accident. Funds to fix the vehicle damage caused by the accident are considered general compensatory damages as well. Special compensatory damages compensate the accident victim for the circumstances after the accident victim occurred. If the accident victim needed to rent a car after the accident, the accident victim may receive a damage award to cover the cost.
Future damages cover the loss that will occur in the future as a result of the truck accident. For example, the accident victim may be unable to continue a career after the truck accident. Future damages would cover the truck accident victim’s lost future wages.
The jury may award punitive damages to punish the truck driver or trucking company. Punitive damages in Missouri are assessed if the truck driver acted in the malicious or willful manner that caused the accident. A jury may award punitive damages in a case in which the trucking company knew that truck driver was often intoxicated while driving, but did nothing to stop the truck driver from operating a large commercial motor vehicle like a semi-truck.
Incidental damages cover the expenses or losses that are incidental to the truck accident. The cost of photocopies or delivery expenses may be award to the truck accident victim.