It seems like we hear about a terrible tractor-trailer accident every few days. The wreckage we see on the news is disturbing, especially if people were seriously injured or killed by the trucking accident. When someone you love is involved, you may want to file a trucking accident wrongful death claim.
Any Accident Could Lead to a Personal Injury Claim
Whether you are hurt in a truck accident or harmed by a defective product, you could have a personal injury claim. When someone dies as a result of another person’s negligence, you may have a wrongful death claim. In fact, wrongful death lawsuits are personal injury lawsuits.
Trucking accident wrongful death cases seem particularly devastating.
Truck Accidents Are Usually Serious
When you consider the weight of the truck compared to an automobile, it’s easy to understand why a trucking accident causes wrongful death.
- S. laws limit tractor-trailers to 80,000 pounds, including the truck and its cargo combined.
- Cars weigh around 4,000 pounds, on average.
Speed and ability to stop are also contributing factors. Not only do drivers sometimes speed to meet deadlines, but large trucks are notoriously difficult to stop. According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration:
- “A fully loaded truck traveling in good road conditions at highway speeds needs a distance of nearly two football fields to stop.
Truck accident wrongful death claims may arise when a truck is traveling too fast for conditions. Driver impairment is another cause of fatal truck accidents.
Sometimes a Trucking Accident Wrongful Death Claim Is Necessary
It can be difficult to focus after a devastating accident that takes the life of someone you love. However, you may face years of reduced income, loss of companionship, final medical expenses, and funeral costs. Asking the trucking company or truck driver for compensation is not unreasonable.
Will a Trucking Accident Wrongful Death Claim Provide Some Financial Relief.
If someone you know has been killed in a semi-truck accident, contact a personal injury attorney as soon as possible. Money cannot replace your loved one, but it can help with your expenses and financial losses.
You may have only two years to file a personal injury lawsuit under Illinois law. However, your personal injury attorney may be able to work with the insurance company to get the compensation you deserve or file a lawsuit if necessary.
Osvaldo Rodriguez has more than 20 years’ experience helping people like you. Schedule a free initial consultation or ask a question by calling us at 708-716-3441 or by completing the Contact form on our website.
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