Large trucks transport 70 percent of all goods and products to their destinations, so it’s inevitable that we share the roads with them. Yet, the relative vulnerability of a smaller, lighter passenger vehicle increases the likelihood of a tragic fatality resulting from a collision.
If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, your family may be eligible to recover compensation from any parties whose negligence may have contributed to the crash, including the truck driver, the trucking company, and others. While no amount of money can ever make up for your loss, a lawsuit can help achieve justice for your loved one by holding at-fault parties accountable for the harm they have done and providing your family with the funds you need to cover expenses related to your loved one’s death, both now and in the future. Hobbs Law Group truck wreck lawyers are here to advise you during this difficult time, offering free consultations and contingency-based representation, so you pay nothing for our legal services unless we recover money on your behalf.
Truck Fatality Statistics
- Approximately 130,000 people are injured, and 4,102 people die in truck accidents each year.
- From 2009 to the present, the number of truck accidents has increased by 52 percent.
- 74 percent of passenger vehicle fatalities involve a large truck.
Why Are Truck Accidents So Fatal?
The heavier the trucks are, the more damage they cause. A tractor-trailer weighing 26,000 pounds or more is associated with a 5.8 percent increase in death rate, over the 10,000 to 14,000-pound freight trucks. Heavier vehicles not only cause more damage when striking an object, but they also require greater driver vigilance, skill, and stopping distance. While a passenger car can stop in 300 feet after hitting the brakes, a large truck requires 525 more feet.
What Causes Fatal Truck Crashes?
Most truck accidents occur between noon and 3 pm.Defective tires are the most common cause of a truck-related accident, present in 30 percent of cases. Other common (and preventable) causes of truck accidents include driver fatigue, speeding, and aggressive driving.
Who Is Liable in a Fatal Truck Accident?
There can be multiple defendants in a truck accident claim. Not only can the truck driver potentially be held liable if he or she was at fault, but the company the truck driver works for and potentially those involved in the truck’s maintenance and manufacturing as well. These claims often involve huge dollar amounts that can only be covered by commercial insurance policies. Experienced trucking accident lawyers can identify all potential sources of compensation to make sure you and your family get the maximum amount you deserve in the aftermath of tragedy.
Do You Need a Truck Accident Lawyer After a Loved One Has Died?
Insurance companies are eager to close the claim as quickly as possible for as little money as possible. In the aftermath of a tragic death, experienced truck accident lawyers can intercede on behalf of the deceased’s family to negotiate with the insurer and make sure their rights to full compensation are protected.
California wrongful death lawsuits allow families to seek redress for immediate losses such as unpaid medical bills, the funeral, and the cost of burial, as well as:
- Losses in care and affection, parental guidance, and spousal companionship
- Lost wages the decedent was earning and could have earned in the future.
- Reduction in the inheritance the decedent would have left at the end of a normal lifespan.
- Services the decedent provided to the family, such as childcare and housekeeping.
Contact Hobbs Law Group for Compassionate Legal Assistance
If your loved one has died as a result of a truck accident in Los Angeles, the Hobbs Law Group is here to help. Contact us anytime for a free consultation to explore your legal rights. Typically, a spouse or child of the decedent files the lawsuit, but parents and legal heirs may also file in some cases. It is best to consult with an attorney as soon as possible to preserve your right to compensation. Call our offices 24/7 to discuss the details of your case at no cost to you.