Fatal Truck Accidents
Late last year, the U.S. Department of Transportation (DOT) confirmed in a study what many of us who drive on a daily basis have long suspected – large commercial trucks are overrepresented in the number of fatal vehicle accidents that happen on the road. The sheer size of commercial vehicles makes other cars and motorcycles that share the road with them extremely vulnerable in accidents. It only takes a split second for something to go wrong – either for a minor malfunction in the truck or for the driver to commit an error – and lives can be devastated.
Bhatt Law Group has compassionate and experienced attorneys who are ready to help you obtain the compensation that you deserve if you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident. Do not hesitate to call our Jersey City truck accident attorneys at (201) 798-8000 for a free consultation to consider all of your legal options.
Truck Collision Fatalities
According to a study by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), the arm of the DOT that regulates the trucking industry, commercial vehicles consist of only 4 percent of registered vehicles on the road, but are involved in over 13 percent of overall traffic fatalities. In 2013 alone, 3,806 accidents in the United States involved a large commercial vehicle, which resulted in 4,251 deaths. Most of these fatalities were the occupants of the other vehicles involved.
Large commercial trucks serve a purpose in the American economy; however, they are also extremely dangerous on the road. If your loved one was fatally injured in an accident with a big rig, 18-wheeler, or semi-truck, call us today to find out how we can help you.
Wrongful Death Lawsuits for Fatal Truck Accidents
Under New Jersey law, the surviving family members of a person who dies because of the wrongful actions or negligence of others can bring a wrongful death claim for compensation. The law allows people to bring these kinds of claims within 2 years after the death took place. Family members who are qualified to bring wrongful death claims include the surviving spouse, children, or grandchildren, surviving parents or siblings, or any other person who can prove actual dependency on the deceased person.
Individuals who bring wrongful death claims based on a fatal truck accident may be able to get compensation for losses they suffer as a result of their loved one’s death, including:
- Medical expenses that are related to the injury or illness caused by the accident
- Burial and funeral costs
- Financial losses, such as the loss of financial support that a family member expected to receive from the deceased person if they had continued living
- Compensation for loss of companionship, guidance, and comfort
- Compensation for the pain and suffering of the deceased person after the injury before death occurred
Fatal Truck Accident Attorneys in Jersey City
If you’ve lost a loved one in a fatal truck accident, you have suffered a tragic and severe loss that has lasting consequences for your life and the lives of your family members. Bhatt Law Group has been helping people in New Jersey since 2006, and with our collective years of experience, we can help you navigate the complex and emotional process involved in a wrongful death claim. Our compassionate attorneys understand the grief and painful circumstances surrounding your loss, and will work closely with you every step of the way.
Contact Bhatt Law Group today at (201) 798-8000 to speak with one of our Jersey City truck accident attorneys regarding your fatal truck accident case.