There are roughly 80,000 truck accidents every year in the United States and over 4,500 of them involve one or multiple fatalities. The power of big trucks and their momentum at higher speeds make them capable of exacting great amounts of damage to property, vehicles and any passenger who happens to be traveling in an automobile on the opposing end of the crash. Whenever a truck driver causes an accident that takes the life of another person, both the driver and the trucking company are responsible and may have lawsuits filed against them for damages.
Illinois Truck Accidents with Multiple Deaths
In 2005, there were 4,533 fatal truck crashes reported in the United States and 5,212 deaths resulted from those accidents. Of those deaths, 803 were truck drivers and the others were the drivers or passengers of the other vehicles involved. At high speeds, trucks crush other automobiles and the accidents are devastating enough to claim multiple peoples’ lives due to the powerful impact and the tendency for crushed cars to be inaccessible to emergency workers who must get the accident victims out of the wreck as soon as possible.
Truck drivers are at a much lower risk of death in a truck crash than anyone else involved in the accident. The drivers are high off the ground and well protected inside the cab of the truck while vehicle passengers and motorcyclists are closer to the ground. Cars crush easily under the weight of a big truck and motorcycles offer riders almost no protection, putting the truck driver in the safest location during the accident.
The Cost of Losing a Loved One Due To The Negligence Of An Operator Or Trucking Company
Losing a loved one is not only a burden on the heart, but it becomes a financial burden if the person who died has been supporting a family. In wrongful death cases, the financial impact of the loss needs to be taken into consideration and damages must reflect the lost income of the deceased and the impact that loss of income has on the family. The way that the person died is important as well— the court may award additional damages to compensate for the pain and suffering that the person went through before his or her death.
Who May File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?
Every state has different statutes stating who may file a wrongful death lawsuit on behalf of a loved one who has passed away. If the deceased was young, the parents may file the suit and if the deceased was married it may be the spouse. If he or she was older, his or her grown children may have the right to take up the case, but in order to determine who should file the lawsuit; the family should speak with a qualified attorney who is familiar with the statutes in the state the accident occurred in as well as where the person resided.
Experienced Bereavement Attorneys For Families With A Loved One Killed In An Illinois Truck Accident
Chicago Truck Injury Lawyers has an established reputation for representing those who have been injured or lost loved ones due to the irresponsible actions of other people. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident and want to find out more about your rights and how to proceed with your case, contact us today. Our consultations are free and we will even travel out to you if you are not located near one of our offices spread throughout Illinois.