Like millions of people across the United States, you or members of your family may take to the roadways during the holiday season. Unfortunately, each year during the wintertime holidays, people from all walks of life, in all parts of the country are injured and killed in automobile accidents involving semi-trucks. Attorneys like the legal team at The Doan Law Office, at (800) 349-0000, represent families of people killed in these types of accidents.
As mentioned, people travel all over the country during the holiday season. If you have had a family member killed out of state in a semi-truck accident caused by someone else’s negligence, your life understandably has been turned upside down. You undoubtedly have a myriad of questions about your legal rights in the aftermath of a semi accident that took the life of a beloved family member.
Overview of Wrongful Death Claims
Legally speaking, you may be able to pursue what is known as a wrongful death claim if you have had a family member killed in a semi-truck accident. The laws of each individual state set forth who may bring a wrongful death claim.
You need to keep in mind that if your family member was killed in semi-truck accident away from your home state, the laws of that state will govern how a wrongful death claim is pursued. The laws of the state in which a semi-truck accident occurred dictate which family member or members can pursue a wrongful death claim.
Understanding that the laws vary from one state to another, examples of family members who typically have the ability to bring a wrongful death claim include:
Depending on the state in which the accident occurred, other family members may also be in a position to file a wrongful death claim associated with a semi-truck accident. In addition, in some states, the estate of the deceased family member is the entity that pursues a wrongful death case, theoretically on behalf of specifically designated surviving family members. The attorneys from The Doan Law Firm, a nationwide law firm, can assist you in determining who can bring a wrongful death claim in a particular state.
Compensation potentially available in a wrongful death case depends upon the laws of the state in which the accident occurred, together with the facts and circumstances surrounding the accident itself. With that said, examples of the types of losses for which a skilled, experienced semi-truck accident wrongful death attorney will seek financial compensation include:
Depending on the circumstances surrounding the accident, you may be able to pursue what are known as punitive or compensatory damages in a wrongful death lawsuit brought in another state. A semi-truck accident wrongful death lawyer from The Doan Law Firm can examine if this might be possible in your case.
Punitive or exemplary damages represent additional financial compensation in a wrongful death case when the conduct of the party that caused the accident in the first instance is deemed particularly reckless of egregious. For example, if the semi-truck driver was intoxicated at the time of the accident, this might be deemed particularly reckless or egregious conduct that resulted in the accident and your injuries.
The Doan Law Firm semi-truck accident wrongful death attorney hotline is staffed 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 52 weeks a year. This includes all major holidays. The toll free hotline number is (800) 349-0000.
A member of The Doan Law Firm semi-truck accident wrongful death attorney team will schedule an initial consultation with you. There is no charge for an initial consultation. The Doan Law Firm has offices located across the United States.
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