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Understanding wrongful death cases in commercial truck accidents

On Behalf of | Nov 7, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents

Losing a loved one in a commercial truck accident can take an emotional toll on a family that can be overwhelming.

Understanding the legal aspects of wrongful death cases in commercial truck accidents helps the process go more smoothly for those affected.

Legal grounds for wrongful death claims

A total of 4,714 people died in commercial truck crashes in New Jersey in 2021. Victim’s families can file claims against those responsible for commercial truck accidents resulting in wrongful death. To make a wrongful death claim, one must prove negligence or misconduct by the truck driver, trucking company or others involved.

Compensation for damages

Families of the deceased may claim compensation for various damages:

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral costs
  • Loss of financial support
  • Emotional suffering.

To get fair compensation in wrongful death cases, it is important to clearly show the damages.

Liability in commercial truck accidents

In accidents involving commercial trucks, it is important to determine who is responsible by looking at various things, like the driver’s mistakes and the truck’s maintenance status. Proving the direct impact of the at-fault party’s actions on the wrongful death is essential in building a strong case.

Timely action

Taking prompt action is key in wrongful death cases involving commercial truck accidents. Meeting the legal deadlines for filing claims and gathering essential evidence is vital to ensure a strong case. According to New Jersey’s Office of Legislative Services, families have two years after the accident to file a wrongful death claim.

Evidence and expert testimony

Presenting compelling evidence, such as accident reports, eyewitness accounts and expert testimonies, is pivotal in establishing liability in wrongful death cases. Expert witnesses, including accident reconstruction specialists and medical professionals, play a major role in providing insights and expertise that strengthen the case.

While the loss of a loved one in a commercial truck accident is irreparable, pursuing a wrongful death claim can help provide a sense of closure and financial stability during such challenging times. Understanding the legal intricacies and taking timely, decisive action can be instrumental in resolving your case.