Large trucks are an integral part of our transportation industry, and thanks to these trucks and those who drive them that consumers have access to such a variety of products at reasonable prices.
However, commercial trucks and semitrailers can also present a significant risk to the people in passenger vehicles who use the same roads. Thousands of people die in large truck crashes each year, and almost 70% of them are the occupants of passenger vehicles.
Because large trucks can cause such devastating collisions, truck drivers must receive specialized training and follow strict safety rules. Unfortunately, not all truck drivers or trucking companies take these rules as seriously as they should.
Losing a loved one is never easy, but it may be especially tricky if their death occurred because of someone else’s actions. In addition to grief, surviving loved ones often face a variety of unexpected financial consequences.
While no amount of money could ever bring back a loved one, pursuing a wrongful death claim can be beneficial to surviving family members in other ways. Compensation can help them cover unexpected financial consequences, like funeral costs and loss of income. It can also hold the reckless or negligent party responsible, which could prevent a similar tragedy from happening again.
A wrongful death claim may not be appropriate in all situations, but it can benefit family members to understand their eligibility and options. If someone else’s behavior caused a fatal truck accident, appropriate legal action might be a perfectly reasonable way to seek justice for the suffering that behavior caused.