Truck drivers are trained to be especially careful on the roadways, where they are sharing the roads with passenger vehicles that are much smaller than their own vehicles. In 2012, the U.S. Department of Transportation found that close to 4,000 people were killed in accidents involving large trucks, which was an increase from the year before – showing that fatal truck accidents may be on a climb.
In Your Average Truck Accident Case
In an average truck accident case where a victim has received injuries, you would move forward by proving a truck driver liable for the accident and injuries. In many cases, you would start with the employer or the driver when it comes to liability. As a result, you could move forward with a case to gain compensation for things like medical bills, lost wages, and more. But what happens if you are the family member of a victim and that victim was killed in a truck accident? How do you bring a case after a fatal truck accident that caused you to lose a loved one?
Wrongful Death Truck Accident Cases
The best thing that you, a family member, can do is sit down with an experienced truck attorney to strategize and talk about what will take place when you move forward with a lawsuit. There are some things that you should ask: Should you file one claim or many claims, depending on the number of defendants? What are the circumstances of the case? Fatal truck accidents are a lot different than your standard personal injury case and treated very delicately and seriously. The value of these cases is especially significant because you lost your loved one.
The damages in these accidents can be very different. The family of the deceased is asking for compensation instead of the victim of the accident. The losses that you are asking for can be subjective because they represent emotional suffering instead of things like medical bills and trauma by a victim. Expert witnesses may be the best option for you in these cases, where they will speak on behalf of your emotional distress, mental anguish, loss of consortium, funeral expenses, and more.
You can prepare for your case by speaking to us if you have lost a loved one in a truck accident. We have experience to get you the compensation that you deserve after one of the most difficult times of your life. We are understanding and will stand with you as we help you fight for the compensation you deserve. Call us today.