More than 4,600 people died in large truck crashes in 2018 according to federal data. The highest percentage of fatal crashes happen when the front of the truck hits some part of another vehicle. Examples include rear end truck collisions, where the truck collides with the back end of another vehicle and left turn crashes, where the front of the truck can strike the front of another vehicle. Most fatal truck crashes happen on weekdays and in rural areas. About three quarters of the people who die are occupants of other vehicles.
Federal and state regulations like the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Regulations (FMCSRs), state traffic laws, safety campaigns and technologies like collision avoidance systems, exist to reduce and prevent these tragedies. Despite all this, tragically, the carnage continues. Still, negligent trucking companies and truck drivers put lives at risk. Thousands continue to die each year in truck crashes.
If you lost a loved one because of a truck crash please accept our sympathy and know that we are here to help. If you lost a loved one due to a trucker’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation. While money can never replace a lost life, it can help ease the financial burden of your family member’s death and give you a sense of justice. To help prevent future tragedies it is important to hold the negligent driver and trucking company accountable.
Kansas and Missouri law both permit claims or lawsuits for death caused by another’s negligence. Wrongful death claims against a trucking company or trucker can be much more complicated and time consuming than a similar fatal car accident case. A skilled and experienced truck accident lawyer can help you can get the compensation and justice you need and deserve.
Compensation in A Truck Wrongful Death Case
When a family member is killed in an accident, you lose not just an individual, but someone who had a great role in your life and who may have been there to care for you in the future. Thus, reimbursement in a wrongful death case includes not only your financial expenses but also other related damages.
In legal terms, there are economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are those that have a specific dollar value. Medical bills arising from the accident, like ambulance and hospital bills, funeral and burial expenses and future lost income of the decedent are examples of economic damages. Non-economic damages refer to losses that are less quantifiable but recognized by the law.
Many families ask how much they could receive for the wrongful death of their loved one. There is no set amount for this. Each case is unique requires an analysis of factors specific to the case like the truck driver and trucking company’s fault, aggravating factors and damages caused by the death. To fully value your wrongful death case, you’ll want to discuss with a truck accident attorney all of your possible losses. It takes a lawyer’s familiarity with the law and experience in accident cases to determine your best legal avenues.
Call Flick Law Firm For Your Truck Accident Case
When you bring a lawsuit against a truck driver or a trucking company, you can expect them to be well-equipped to defend your case. Hire an attorney with a track record of success in truck accident cases.
At Flick Law Firm, we have aggressively fought powerful companies and insurers to obtain the maximum compensation for our clients. Let’s talk about your loved one’s truck accident. Call today Flick Law Firm for a free consultation about your fatal truck crash case.