St. Louis Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer
Fatal Truck Accident Claims in Missouri
The fatal truck accident lawyers at The Dixon Injury Firm provide the greatest level of care and legal guidance for St. Louis and Missouri residents. When someone you love has passed because of a fatal truck accident, and you’ve suffered severe emotional stress and missed work because of your loved one’s passing, you need an experienced, local lawyer to protect your interests.
We can guide you and your family through your fatal truck accident case and see to it that you are provided for during this trying time. Whether you need financial assistance because of loss of income, expensive medical bills your loved one incurred before their passing, or to pay funeral and burial costs, Christopher R. Dixon and The Dixon Injury Firm can and will provide you with expert fatal truck accident legal guidance.
Christopher R. Dixon is recognized as a Top 100 Trial lawyer by the National Trial Lawyers Association and a Life-Time Member of the Million Dollar Advocates Forum. When you choose Chris for your legal guidance and counseling after a devastating fatal truck accident, you will be taken care of.
We Make Life Easier for the Families of Fatal Truck Accident Victims
Losing a loved one in a fatal accident is one of the worst experiences anyone can go through. Coping with a sudden loss is incredibly difficult in any event. It can lead to feelings of shock and confusion and can cause intense sadness or depression.
It can be difficult for a family that has just been through a terrible loss to sit down and try to quantify the damages they have suffered. That is why an experienced lawyer is important. A lawyer will take the reins on your case and guide you through the legal process. A fatal truck accident attorney will also take care of legal paperwork and procedures and represent you and your family in court, if needed. In other words, we can take care of your claim while you focus on spending time with your family during this tough time.
Who Can File & the Types of Damages You Can Receive
Missouri Statute Section 537.080 allows for family members of a deceased person to file suit for wrongful death. Eligible family members generally include the deceased person’s spouse or children, but some other relatives may be compensated as well.
The family has two basic types of damages it can collect. First, the family can essentially stand in the shoes of their lost loved one and collect damages that he or she could have collected, such as repayment for hospital bills.
The family can also collect other damages listed in Missouri Statute Section 537.090, which include:
- Consortium damages
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Lost value of services (reimbursement of the income the deceased was expected to make)
- Loss of companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support
A good lawyer knows where to look for evidence establishing the various available types of damages allowed for a wrongful death suit under Missouri Law. Perhaps the most common measure of damages from a fatal truck accident is the lost value of services. This is generally the lost estimated lifetime earnings of the person who passed away. In the case of a stay-at-home parent, the deceased will be presumed to have earned 110% of the average weekly wage in the area. For a child, the lost earnings are presumed to be the average of the parent’s earnings. It can be disheartening to see a life reduced to an estimated lifetime salary, but that is the law’s way of trying to help survivors cope.
Consortium damages can be awkward to talk about, but they are central to a survivor’s wellbeing. Consortium generally covers the somewhat intangible things that a spouse provides, including love, affection, companionship, and intimacy. These are damages that only a spouse can claim. Children can be awarded damages for the lost instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support that a parent provides. Parents of the deceased person may also be able to collect for lost support their child may have provided them. These damages can be harder to quantify and explain to a jury, so a lawyer with experience calculating such incalculable losses is important.
If you need legal guidance, or want to know what a fatal truck wreck attorney can do for you, call the fatal truck accident lawyers of The Dixon Injury Firm at (314) 208-2808 or toll-free at 855-40-CRASH to get justice and compensation for your fatal truck accidents today.
Establishing Liability After a Fatal Truck Accident
The Dixon Injury Firm is the industry leader when it comes to protecting the interests of the families of fatal truck accident victims. Following a fatal truck crash, the responsible party, their lawyers, and the insurance agencies are going to try to get you to settle for as little as possible and attempt to place as much blame as possible on your loved one for the fatal truck crash. This will allow them to settle quickly and against your family’s best interests. That’s why it is so vitally important to let Christopher R. Dixon and the fatal truck crash lawyers of Dixon Law defend your best interests against the responsible party, their lawyers, and the insurance corporations.
Potential liable parties include:
- The truck driver
- The trucking company
- The truck’s owner
- The truck’s loading company
The St. Louis fatal truck crash attorneys at The Dixon Injury Firm have a complete understanding of the most recent Missouri and St. Louis traffic laws and statutes and can use this knowledge to defend you and your loved ones during this trying time. No family should have to suffer from the loss of a loved one because of a fatal truck accident, but when it does happen, choosing an experienced and knowledgeable Missouri fatal truck accident lawyer can ensure that you and your family are adequately compensated for your lost time and injuries, and ensure that your financial future and health are protected.
Why Should I Choose the St. Louis Fatal Truck Accident Lawyers at The Dixon Injury Firm?
Christopher R. Dixon is more than just a fatal truck accident lawyer—he is a local Missouri and St. Louis resident who understands what it means to provide effective and comprehensive legal counseling to his fellow citizens who have suffered because of the loss of a loved one due to a fatal truck accident.
“I pride myself on tirelessly fighting for the injury victims who continuously trust me with their cases. It is an honor to serve and a passion which drives my existence.” — Chris Dixon
The reality is that when a person dies in a fatal truck accident, an insurance company is often going to be representing the driver who was at fault. The insurance company is going to automatically kick a fatal accident up to its best and most experienced lawyers, and those lawyers will often try to resolve the case while the family is still in shock. What may initially seem like a kindly offer from an insurance company can quickly become inadequate as reality sets in and the bills mount.
The Dixon Injury Firm in St. Louis, Missouri has the expertise and connections needed to pull together testimony to demonstrate all categories of damages to the jury. This can include proper documentation, opinions from experts, and testimony of witnesses.
Chris Dixon has won more than $50 million dollars for his clients in his years of practice and he will never stop fighting for his clients. When you choose Christopher R. Dixon and The Dixon Injury Firm, you are choosing a fatal truck accident law firm that cares about you and wants to ensure that you and your family are provided for during this trying time.