As you know, large commercial trucks on the roadway can bring their own risks due to their large size compared to regular motor vehicles. In many of these cases, the passengers in a motor vehicle will become victims of catastrophic injuries, and it is a sad fact that many of these people actually won’t survive their injuries at all. With close to 4,000 individuals dying in truck accidents every year, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, it is important to understand what can be done when a loved one is wrongfully killed in these serious accidents.
The loss of a spouse, parent, or child can be devastating and take a toll on mental health, causing a family member to feel shocked or helpless. It is normal to want justice against the truck driver that caused your loved one’s accident due to negligence. As you probably already know, there are multiple people who could be liable for your loved one’s accident: from the truck driver, to the trucking company, to the manufacturer of the truck’s parts, if they were found to be defective. We can help you understand how to bring a wrongful death claim for your loved one.
Can You Sue?
If somebody caused the death of your loved one through negligence, they are referred to as a ‘tortfeasor’ and a wrongful death claim could be used to bring justice and receive compensation for your loved one’s life. In order to bring a claim against a truck driver or company, you must be related to the person who died in some fashion. If there is no relationship to the victim, then there is no reason to bring the case in the eyes of the court.
If you are immediately related, even going as far as to say that you are the victim’s grandparent, you may be able to bring a claim depending on how you are related and the circumstances of the case. If you have suffered emotionally due to the loss of your loved one, then it may be time to speak to an attorney. We can help you in many ways, helping you receive the compensation your family deserves in their time of loss. Call us for more information.