It’s fitting that a distraught parent asks about taking legal action when a child dies due to someone else’s negligence. After all, that death can be extremely costly, due to medical bills, lost wages and the pain and suffering which ensue. That’s why the person or persons responsible for a fatal truck accident should be held accountable in the legal arena, perhaps by means of a truck accident death lawsuit.
Facts are facts: Thousands of Americans die each year in accidents involving trucks. These are often the large, lumbering trucks known as 18-wheelers, tractor-trailers, diesel trucks, flatbeds, semi-trucks, semis or big rigs.
Such commercial trucks can weigh up to 80,000 pounds fully loaded. With their enormous size and weight, they take longer to stop than a smaller car or SUV, and big trucks also have blind spots for truck drivers. All these factors can contribute to devastating collisions.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that more than 4,000 Americans were killed and over 110,000 were hurt — often severely — in one recent year of big rig crashes.
Families Deserve Payments
But whether it’s a large commercial vehicle or smaller pickup truck, when negligence by a truck driver, owner or manufacturer is to blame, victims’ families deserve payments for their loved one’s truck accident death.
The Willis Law Firm has decades of experience providing experienced wrongful death attorneys or personal injury lawyers to Americans. We want to help families get the money — and justice — they deserve after losing a loved one due to someone else’s mistakes, negligence or willful misconduct. Let us help you and your family, too.
Settlements Depend on the Case
The amount of money we can claim for you in a truck accident lawsuit settlement depends on your particular case — that is, how strong of a case you have in proving blame, and how much you are due financially given the losses you’ve endured.
In proving blame, if an employee of a logging company or a truck line hauling logs caused a fatal logging truck accident, blame could be placed on the owner of the logging company or truck line, not just the driver of the big rig, if driver error was involved.
Perhaps the driver was improperly trained or was forced to work overly long hours by a trucking line and then fell asleep at the wheel. Perhaps poor maintenance by the truck’s owner led to brake failure or other mechanical problems which should have been avoided.
In either case, owners, employers and businesses could be held accountable in a truck accident death lawsuit seeking financial compensation for victims’ survivors.
Also to blame could be a manufacturing error or defect which contributed to a crash, as when a new tire unexpectedly blew out. Then, the manufacturer of the defective part could be sued for wrongful death damages.
You also might be able to sue for a truck accident death if the company responsible for loading the vehicle loaded it too heavily. A fully loaded 18-wheeler can weigh up to 80,000 pounds. Overloading can cause a tendency to tip over and crash, or for loads to spill on the roadway and then cause accidents.
Get a Wrongful Death Attorney
The amount of settlement you may receive also depends on the degree to which your family has suffered financially due to a loved one’s death. Your wrongful death attorney via our law firm can calculate such payments and fight for the maximum amount to which you are legally entitled.
Contact The Willis Law Firm today for free legal advice and a confidential, personal and free consultation about your truck accident death case. We’re here to help.