In a collision with a fully-loaded 18-wheeler weighing up to 80,000 lbs., occupants of passenger vehicles are likely to suffer serious injuries or death. If you have lost a loved one in a truck collision caused by someone else’s negligence, contact Brodhead Law right away. You may be entitled to file a wrongful death claim for compensation.
As reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):
Wrongful death is a civil action brought against a party for causing the death of another. It is a special type of personal injury lawsuit that can arise when someone dies through someone else’s negligence or intentional harm. Wrongful death claims are filed in cases where the deceased would have had a personal injury claim against the defendant had he or she lived.
A wrongful death claim in Georgia may be brought by the surviving spouse of the deceased, or by a child or children if there is no surviving spouse. If the deceased had no surviving spouse or children, a claim may be brought by surviving parents or the personal representative of the estate of the deceased.
Family members filing a claim for the full value of the life of the deceased can claim damages for both the financial value and the intangible value of the deceased person’s life. These damages may include:
A personal representative filing a claim on behalf of the estate of the deceased may claim damages for losses suffered by the estate as a result of the death, including:
If your loved one was killed in a truck crash because of someone else’s negligence, you have recourse under the law. Call Brodhead Law in Atlanta, Georgia today to consult with an experienced lawyer.