The growth of the trucking industry is crucial for the US economy. According to the American Trucking Associations, 71 percent of all the cargo and freight tonnage is moved in and out of the US on trucks. And to move approximately 10.5 billion tons of cargo each year, the trucking industry needs more than 3.6 million Class 8 heavy-duty trucks and nearly 3.5 million skilled truck drivers. Simply stated, without the trucks and truck drivers the US economy would take a dip and practically come to a standstill.
Exactly what are punitive damages and when do they apply? Punitive damages are a civil remedy meant to punish a wrongdoer or tortfeasor, who due to their egregious conduct, has caused injury and damage to others. Punitive damages are also meant to send a message to the community in an effort to deter the defendant, as well as others, from doing the same thing.
The aftermath of a tractor trailer accident can be devastating. In these kinds of accidents, early investigation is a vital part of determining the cause of the collision. Because there is a lot at stake, trucking companies are likely going to begin their investigative work immediately. These companies usually have a wealth of resources at their disposal to conduct such an investigation. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for the average individual. In this blog, we explain what to expect during an early investigation of a tractor trailer accident.