Truck Accidents & Wrongful Death
Compassionate Legal Guidance for Families
When a truck accident results in the death of a family member, it is important to address the tragic loss of life by filing a wrongful death claim filed against the negligent truck driver and trucking company. Motor vehicle crashes are among the leading causes of accidental death in St. Louis and nationwide, and truck accidents are among the most lethal type of collision. When you have lost a loved one in a tragic accident, it may be difficult to consider getting involved in filing a lawsuit. It is, however, important to explore your legal options as early as possible to ensure that you are able to file your claim before the statute of limitations runs out on the case.
As our urban areas grow and the demand for commercial products increases in the St. Louis area, we share the streets and highways with larger numbers of large commercial trucks. These include both delivery trucks and long-haul semi-trucks. These vehicles — which can weigh up to 80,000 pounds — present a danger to everyone else on the road, as normal passenger automobiles are no match for an out-of-control truck of this size. The injuries sustained in these cases are frequently fatal, whether they cause immediate death or if the accident victim dies within days or weeks of the collision. When the accident is caused by negligence on the part of the trucker, the surviving family members often have a right to demand compensation.
Recoverable Damages for Wrongful Death
The goal of a wrongful death claim is to spare the surviving family members from being forced to shoulder the significant economic burden of a fatal accident by providing them with sufficient compensation to offset all their financial losses. Your claim for damages can include full compensation for any type of medical care your loved one received to treat the fatal injury, as well as for your funeral and burial expenses.
You can additionally claim monetary damages for the contributions you could reasonably have expected to receive from your loved one in the form of income, inheritance and similar sources. The claim can even include noneconomic damages for the services, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance and support you could have received from your loved one. Contact us at Meyerkord & Meyerkord to learn how much your case may be worth and to take your first steps toward recovering damages.
Get in touch with Meyerkord & Meyerkord, LLC by contacting our Missouri truck accident lawyers today.