What If My Family Member Dies in a Truck Accident?
February 28, 2019 | Truck Accidents
If a family member dies in a truck accident, it can be emotionally and mentally exhausting to deal with. There isn’t a guidebook on what to do when a loved one dies, but consulting a lawyer can help. Your lawyer can provide guidance during this trying time and ensure that you get justice for your loved one’s death.
Can I File a Claim if My Family Member Dies in a Truck Accident?
When a loved one unexpectedly dies, many things need to be dealt with such as their will, property, and more. If your family member dies in a truck accident, a wrongful death claim can be filed to recover compensation from the accident. Your lawyer can help you gather evidence from the crash to prove that the other driver is at fault and file a compelling wrongful death claim. Unfortunately, every case isn’t eligible to recover damages from an accident, but most are with significant evidence and the guidance of a wrongful death attorney.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim for a Truck Accident?
A wrongful death claim can be filed by anyone that had a personal relationship with someone that died because of another driver’s negligence. The most common relations that are eligible to file a wrongful death claim include:
- The spouse of the deceased
- The deceased’s children
- Their parents
- Domestic partners
- Designated heirs
More than 190,000 people die every year as a result of wrongful death circumstances. Wrongful death claims are commonly filed for car accidents, truck accidents, and medical malpractice. If your loved one died in a truck accident, it’s essential to involve a lawyer when filing a wrongful death claim against the negligent party in the accident.
What is Included in a Wrongful Death Claim?
It’s difficult to put a price tag on a human being’s life. The amount of compensation that can be recovered with a wrongful death claim varies greatly. The most common factors that are used to determine a wrongful death settlement are the circumstances of the crash, expenses caused by the accident, how old the person was, and more. Your lawyer can determine what damages to claim from the accident and provide a potential outcome for your case. The other party’s insurance company will try to get you to accept the lowest settlement possible, but a lawyer can negotiate for a higher settlement for your family’s losses.
Consult a Lawyer Today About Your Case
The amount of people that die in car accidents every year has increased over the past five years by nearly 5,000 people, at 40,231 people in 2017. More than 90% of car crashes are caused by human error, so why is this number increasing? If you have a family member that died in a truck accident, you need a lawyer by your side to fight for your case. For more information on how our attorneys can help with your case, contact the Dixon Injury Firm today.