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Can I Sue If I Was Not Physically Harmed in a Truck Crash?

Posted on October 31, 2022 in

If you were recently involved in a truck crash but were not physically injured, you may wonder about your legal rights and options. Can you sue if you were not physically harmed? The Scottsdale truck accident lawyers at Stone Rose Law can answer these questions and more when you contact us online or call us at (480) 428-2697 for a free case review. 

Damages in Arizona Personal Injury Cases 

Personal injury victims have a right under Arizona law to seek compensation for the damages they suffered. Damages are the measurable losses that a person suffers that stem directly or indirectly from the accident. There are various types of damages a person can suffer beyond physical injuries or medical expenses related to them. 

Types of Damages in Truck Accident Cases 

There are various types of damages that can flow from a truck accident, including:

Medical Expenses 

You can pursue compensation for any medical expenses brought on by the accident, including ambulance transportation, a preliminary check, or diagnostic tests. 

Pain and Suffering 

If you do sustain physical injuries, you can seek compensation for your pain and suffering. 

Property Damage 

Property damage alone is sufficient to make an actionable personal injury claim. Your vehicle may have been damaged in the truck accident, even if it occurred at low speeds. Commercial trucks are much larger than passenger vehicles, so it reasons that a crash with one could result in severe damage to a much smaller vehicle. 

You can pursue compensation for all property damage losses, including:

  • The costs to repair or replace your vehicle
  • The costs to repair or replace personal injury damaged in the accident, such as if your phone was broken
  • The cost to replace a child’s car seat, which can be rendered unsafe after a collision 

Lost Wages 

If you had to miss time from work, such as to meet the insurance adjuster, attend medical appointments, or take your vehicle to a mechanic’s shop, you can seek compensation for your lost wages. 

Emotional Damages 

Even if you were lucky enough not to be physically injured in a truck accident, you may suffer emotional injuries. Pain and suffering damages include such things as mental anguish or emotional distress. For example, you could experience PTSD. You could be having nightmares or flashbacks. You could be hesitant to drive or get in a vehicle. You have the right to pursue compensation for these emotional distress damages. 

Incidental Costs 

You can also recover compensation for incidental costs you incurred because of the truck crash, such as:

  • Replacement costs to rent a car while your car is being repaired
  • Rideshare costs for alternative transportation while your car is being repaired
  • Mileage to attend medical appointments 
  • Your insurance deductible 

The Possibility of Injury

While you may initially think that you were not physically injured, some medical injuries do not show symptoms until days or weeks after the accident. The adrenaline you experience immediately after the accident may mask these symptoms. If you begin experiencing pain or other symptoms following a truck accident, be sure to seek medical attention so your injuries can be properly documented and you can begin receiving treatment for them.

Contact a Truck Accident Lawyer with Stone Rose Law 

Here at Stone Rose Law, our truck accident lawyers have extensive experience recovering the compensation our deserving clients are due. We can meet with you and discuss your legal rights and options following a truck accident, including the possibility of a Scottsdale personal injury lawsuit. Contact us online or call us today at (480) 428-2697 to start a free case review.