It is always extremely difficult to lose a loved one due to an unexpected accident. Because large commercial trucks are so much bigger and heavier than regular passenger cars, truck accidents cause thousands of fatal injuries to motorists every year, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). If you have lost a loved one in an accident with a large commercial truck, it is possible that accident was due to the negligence of the truck driver, trucking company, or other party. If the accident was caused by negligence, you likely will be able to recover from the responsible party by bringing a wrongful death claim in court. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, a Coweta County wrongful death attorney can help you bring that claim and recover for your loss.
Following a tragic, fatal accident, you and your family are likely experiencing emotional pain and suffering. However, in a wrongful death lawsuit, you may recover for several different types of loss. For example, in addition to your loss, pain, and suffering, you may be compensated for:
- Any medical bills incurred by accident related injuries prior to your loved one’s death
- Reasonable funeral expenses
- An estimate of the wages that would have been brought into the household by your loved one
- Any pain or suffering your loved one experienced prior to death
- The estimated value of the help and care that would have been provided to you and your family by your loved one
These are only some of the things you may recover for in a wrongful death lawsuit. Additionally, if an accident was caused by particularly egregious wrongdoing, such as driving a commercial truck while very intoxicated, you may be eligible to receive punitive damages that are intended to punish the truck driver and deter future wrongdoing.
Though money will never replace your loved one, it can help you get back on your feet and plan for the financial future of your family in the wake of tragedy. If you have lost a loved one in an accident, a truck accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith can help you file a wrongful death lawsuit and receive the settlement you deserve. Call us today at (770) 487-8999.