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Can I Sue If My Loved One Died in a Fatal Truck Crash in Texas?

 Posted on July 14, 2021 in Personal Injury

Austin TX truck accident lawyerUnfortunately, the Lone Star State leads the country in fatal commercial truck accidents. In 2018 alone, over 600 individuals lost their lives in crashes involving large trucks in Texas. If your loved one was killed in a commercial truck wreck, it is important to know your legal options. You may be able to hold the trucking company or other liable parties accountable for your tragic loss and recover monetary damages through a truck crash injury lawsuit.

Who is Legally Responsible for My Loved One’s Death?

Many truck crashes are preventable. Distracted driving including using a cellphone while driving, fatigued driving, speeding, and driver inattention are just some of the causes of truck crashes. Truck wrecks may also be caused by inadequate truck maintenance, faulty truck parts, improper loading and securement of truck cargo, and more. If your loved one died because of another party’s careless or irresponsible actions, it is understandable that you want to hold that party accountable. The liable party in a truck wreck may be the:

  • Owner of the truck

  • Trucking company

  • Truck driver

  • Designer or manufacturer of a defective truck part

  • Government entity that designed an unsafe road or failed to maintain the road

A truck accident lawyer can investigate the cause of the crash and determine who may be liable. Once the liable party or parties have been identified, your lawyer can help you hold these parties accountable for your loved one’s death.

What Types of Damages Are Available in a Truck Wreck Lawsuit?

A wrongful death claim is a legal claim used to pursue damages when a person’s death is caused by another party’s negligent, reckless, or wrongful actions. The deceased person’s spouse, children, or parents may file a wrongful death claim. In addition to holding the liable party accountable for the fatal incident, a wrongful death claim may also help you and your family recover compensation for your losses. Money cannot make up for your heartbreaking loss, but compensation from a wrongful death claim may help alleviate the financial suffering you are experiencing as a result of the crash.

Damages in a Texas wrongful death claim may include compensation for:

  • The deceased person’s medical expenses between the crash and their death

  • Funeral and burial costs

  • The loss of the deceased person’s future income

  • The surviving family’s grief and suffering

  • Lost inheritance suffered by children

  • Loss of the services the deceased person provided such as caring for minor children

Contact an Austin Truck Wreck Lawyer

If your family member died in a fatal truck crash, contact a Texas wrongful death attorney to learn about your legal options. Call Morales Law Office, Attorneys at Law, PLLC at 512-474-2222 for a free, no-obligation case consultation today.



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