How are damages determined for serious physical injuries or death in an 18-wheeler or semi-truck accident?

The ultimate goal in compensating the victim in a semi-truck accident is restitution – to return them to their state before the accident occurred. After a debilitating accident it may be impossible to completely restore a person’s health, working capacity, and psychological state. Truck accident damages are determined in two categories – economic and non-economic. Examples of economic damages that are compensable from the at-fault driver are medical bills, lost wages, and lost earning capacity. Non-economic damages are hard to estimate and can include the emotional and psychological toll on the victim of a traumatic accident involving an 18-wheeler or semi-truck.