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Truck Collision Wrongful Death

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.

Why Choose Brodhead Law, LLC?

  • Our attorneys have a comprehensive understanding of federal and state trucking regulations and how they impact truck accident wrongful death claims.
  • We know the value of truck collision cases and how important financial recovery is to your family’s future as well as holding responsible parties accountable.
  • We have extensive experience fighting for fatal accident victims and their families and recovering millions in verdicts and settlements. Our success rate is greater than 99 percent.

Truck Accident Fatality Statistics

As reported by the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS):

  • 4,102 people died in large truck crashes in 2017
  • 68% of these fatalities were occupants of cars and passenger vehicles
  • 14% were motorcyclists, bicyclists, or pedestrians
  • Only 17% were occupants of large trucks
  • Truck collision fatalities increased by 30% from 2009 to 2017
  • 97% of people killed in two-vehicle collisions between a passenger vehicle and a truck were passenger vehicle occupants
  • Large truck crashes accounted for 11% of all traffic deaths
  • 31% of passenger vehicle occupants killed in two-vehicle collisions with a large truck were in vehicles struck head on by the truck
  • 25% of these fatalities were side-struck by a large truck

What Is Wrongful Death?

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.

Who Is Entitled to File a Wrongful Death Claim In Georgia?

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.

What Damages Can I Claim for Truck Collision Wrongful Death?

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:

  • Lost wages and benefits, including what the deceased’s earning capacity would have been in the future if he or she had survived
  • Loss of enjoyment of life, companionship, advice, example, counsel, and other intangible benefits the deceased lost

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:

  • Medical expenses for the last injury or illness of the deceased
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Conscious pain and suffering endured by the deceased before death

Get In Touch with Our Firm

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.