Fatal Trucking Accidents
In 2014, there were 3,649 fatal crashes in the United States involving trucks or buses, according to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration’s “Pocket Guide to Large Truck and Bus Statistics 2016.” In many of these crashes, these were not single-vehicle accidents, meaning that other victims were involved, and in many instances, killed.
In order to operate a commercial truck like a tractor-trailer or semi-truck, a driver is required to have extensive training, as well as a specialized commercial driver license and additional certifications depending on the nature of the cargo, the size of the vehicle, and more. This is one of the reasons why we can feel relatively safe on the highways when we are side by side with one of these enormous vehicles. However, no matter how safe and responsible the majority of truck drivers in the United States may be, there will always be the risk of an accident. These massive trucks can cause catastrophic damage, and fatal trucking accidents are not uncommon.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal trucking accident, trying to determine what steps to take to move forward with your legal issues can be extremely overwhelming. That is why the team at Fasig | Brooks is proud to help grieving families with these matters as compassionately as possible – giving you the space that you need to focus on your needs and your family’s needs as you try to move forward with your life following this terrible and tragic loss.
Contact Fasig | Brooks For a Free Initial Consultation Following a Fatal Trucking Accident
The sooner you contact us for an initial consultation, the sooner we will be able to take this additional stress from you so that you can focus on what matters most: surrounding yourself with loved ones, and working to heal from this terrible loss. Trying to handle a claim with an insurance company is stressful no matter what else is going on in your life, but when you are trying to grieve the loss of a loved one, it can be nearly impossible to know how to handle this process correctly and to get the money that you deserve. No matter how accommodating and friendly the insurance adjuster that you are working with may be, and no matter how compassionate they are for your situation, at the end of the day they are hired by the insurance company to settle claims for as little as possible, and your claim will be no different.
In order to get the money that you actually deserve from an insurance claim after a fatal trucking accident, you will need to push aggressively in an ongoing negotiation for an out-of-court settlement, or will need to make the decision to file a lawsuit with the Florida courts. At the same time, you will need to be continuously researching, gathering information, and working with professionals to calculate the true damages that you have suffered so that you can prove the validity of your counter-offers.
Contact Fasig | Brooks now, and we can take care of your insurance claim while you focus on the things that truly matter after this tragic loss.
Who Can Seek Compensation For a Fatal Trucking Accident?
If you have lost a loved one due to a fatal trucking accident, it can feel nearly impossible to take administrative steps such as filing an insurance claim in the early days and weeks following the accident. You will be filing a wrongful death claim – which may ultimately turn into a wrongful death lawsuit, if we are unable to reach a fair settlement agreement –, which, under Florida law, is available to the following survivors:
If your spouse was killed in a fatal truck accident, then you will be able to seek compensation for all economic damages that this death has caused, including loss of financial support, funeral costs, and more. In addition, you will be able to seek non-economic damages for things like loss of consortium and the trauma of losing your partner.
Minor children are typically able to seek additional compensation in a wrongful death case. In the case of a wrongful death case, a “minor” child is typically one under the age of 25, as they often have more financial reliance on their parents than older children.
In certain cases, the parents of an individual killed in a fatal trucking accident can seek compensation for the loss. In the case that the deceased was married and/or had children, parents will not be the top priority for a payout.
If the deceased had other dependents, such as adoptive children, siblings, or another arrangement where they were financially supporting someone, these individuals may be able to seek compensation as well. This can get complicated, which is another reason it is so helpful to work with an attorney in these cases.