Approximately 5,000 people in the United States die in large truck accidents each and every year. Though agencies such as the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration have implemented strict laws for truck driver safety, accidents continue to happen. Some of these accidents are due to truck driver error, some due to improper truck maintenance or cargo loading, and some due to adverse weather conditions or other factors. When a fatal accident happens, the surviving family may be entitled to recover for the tragic loss of their loved one by filing a wrongful death lawsuit. In such a lawsuit, determining who or what was responsible for the truck accident is imperative to see who must pay the family for their loss. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, a wrongful death lawyer in Fayetteville can help you with your case.
Many federal laws govern the trucking industry and states may additionally have their own trucking laws. If a truck travels through different states, many different sets of laws may apply. Therefore, determining whether a truck driver broke a specific law to cause the accident can often be complicated. This is why it is important to have an attorney who is experienced in the possible causes of truck he accidents. Many truck drivers, owners, and companies often try to point fingers and blame at one another to try to avoid liability. This may be very confusing for the average citizen who has little familiarity with truck accident investigation and relevant laws. A trucking lawyer can help with the investigative process and ensure that you file your wrongful death lawsuit against the correct responsible party.
Though recovering financially through a wrongful death lawsuit will never bring your loved one back or fully compensate for your loss, it can help to pay for expenses and hold the responsible party accountable for their actions. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, call a trucking attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith for help. Contact us today at 770-487-8999.