Los Angeles Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death Lawsuits
The loss of a family member is never easy. When you lose a family member
because of the negligence, or recklessness, of a Los Angeles truck driver,
the unnecessary nature of the death is devastating. The reality is that
Los Angeles truck accidents happen every week that result in the deaths
of innocent motorists and vehicle passengers.
There is a legal remedy available to you if you have lost a family member
in a commercial truck accident. A wrongful death lawsuit is a legal proceeding
that allows you the opportunity to obtain appropriate compensation.
Wrongful Death Legally Defined
Wrongful death is a legal term applied to a situation in which a loved
one has been killed due to the negligent, reckless or even possibly criminal
act of someone else. One of the most notorious wrongful death cases in
Los Angeles was brought against professional football player turned celebrity,
OJ Simpson. Simpson was acquitted of killing his ex-wife and her friend,
Ron Goldman. The Goldman family brought a subsequent wrongful death case
against Simpson and won.
In the case of a Los Angeles truck accident, criminal charges do not need
to be brought against the rig operator. Even if they are, the driver need
not be convicted in order for you to prevail in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
California law sets forth which family members can file a wrongful death
lawsuit. The primary individuals who lawfully can pursue a wrongful death
lawsuit arising out of a Los Angeles truck accident are:
- domestic partner
If none of these individuals exist or are living, family members who would
inherit property from the person killed in the truck accident are in a
position to bring a wrongful death lawsuit. These include:
The law in California is pretty broad in this regard, and actually reads
that anyone who would inherit from the deceased person in the absence
of a will if there is no spouse, domestic partner. or child. In theory,
if there are no surviving parents or siblings, cousins and other relatives
from the extended family may qualify to file a wrongful death lawsuit.
The estate of the deceased is likely to be involved in a wrongful death
lawsuit as well. The estate may join certain surviving family members
as a plaintiff in a wrongful death lawsuit.
Statute of Limitations in a Wrongful Death Case
California has a law called the statute of limitations. The statute of
limitations establishes the specific time frame you have to file a wrongful
death lawsuit in a Los Angeles truck accident case.
You have two years from the date of the accident to file a lawsuit, according
to California law. If you miss this deadline, you likely will be precluded
forever from filing a wrongful death case.
The statute of limitations underscores the need for an experienced Los
Angeles truck accident attorney to ensure your rights and interests fully
are protected. The legal team at Doan Law Firm at 424-334-0000 represents
clients in wrongful death claims and lawsuits.
Compensation in a Los Angeles Truck Accident Wrongful Death Case
You suffered a significant losses when your loved one was killed because
of the negligent or reckless conduct of a rig driver. You may be entitled
to compensation for different types of losses as a result of this negligence.
You may be entitled to compensation for funeral and burial expenses for
your deceased family member. In addition, you may receive compensation
for medical bills and expenses.
If you are the spouse of the deceased, lost income represents another area
in which compensation is appropriate. If the deceased family member is
a spouse or parent, but was not employed outside of the home, compensation
for loss of household services may be recovered. Other types of compensation
in a wrongful death case involving a semi-truck include loss of love and
Retain a Skilled Los Angeles Truck Accident Lawyer
Doan Law stands ready to assist you in a Los Angeles truck accident wrongful
death case. Our attorneys have extensive experience in representing people
like you who have lost a loved one due to the negligence, or recklessness,
of a commercial truck driver.
The first step is to schedule an initial consultation with a wrongful death
attorney from our firm. You can schedule an appointment by calling us
at 424-334-0000. We can schedule an appointment any time that is convenient for you.
We charge no fee for an initial consultation. In addition, in a Los Angeles
truck accident case, we do not charge you a fee unless and until we obtain
a favorable settlement or judgment for you.
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