Truck Accident Wrongful Death
Wrongful death is a common legal term that means someone was killed due to the negligence of another party or the failure of another party to act responsibly. The claim is brought in a civil action, generally by close relatives.
In the case of a passenger vehicle colliding with a large truck, the assumption is that the fatality was preventable and one side or the other is liable for the crash.
Who is At-Fault?
Consider how many parties are involved in the trucking industry that can share in the fault. It could be the driver who was fatigued, on drugs, was speeding, reckless, negligent, distracted or has a history of such behavior.
A trucking company’s maintenance team is expected to keep the rig in top shape including the brakes and tires. A truck manufacturer is supposed to make a vehicle without product defects. Roadways are supposed to be passable, even in construction zones, with the proper marking and routing, re-routing, signage and lighting.
Any one of these parties could be found fully or partially responsible for an accident that claims a life.
Individuals are sometimes reluctant to pursue a wrongful death claim. Besides recovering medical expenses and funeral expenses, the individual may be able to recover loss of income and receive compensation for pain and suffering. There is another consideration. Until and unless a trucking company or the at-fault party has to pay for their wrongdoing, they are likely to repeat the offense. Often at the end of the day, a claim is filed in court so the negligent party does not devastate another family.
Help for Your Family
A wrongful death will impact your family for a lifetime. If the tragedy is compounded by a financial loss, you would be well-advised to consult with an experienced Florida wrongful death truck accident attorney to answer your questions about what to do next.
Many people do not realize that a big rig is valued at a much greater rate than a passenger vehicle. That is why insurance adjusters representing the trucking companies are the most aggressive at denying claims of wrongful death.
Police may not have the expertise to determine the at-fault party, but the injury attorneys at Farah & Farah have the legal resources to help reconstruct the accident and determine the next step in pursuing your claim.
If you or a loved one has suffered a truck collision related wrongful death, call Farah & Farah at 877-245-6707 for a free consultation with a Jacksonville truck accident lawyer.