Have You Lost a Loved One in a California Trucking Accident? An Orange County Wrongful Death Claim May Help You Get Accountability for Your Loss.Accidents involving large trucks are among the most dangerous and most deadly traffic incidents in the nation. According to National Highway Transportation Safety Administration (NHTSA) data, approximately 5,000 people are killed each year in the United States by commercial trucks. Many of these accidents are due to the negligence or reckless behavior of the truck driver or trucking company. If you have lost a loved one in an Orange County commercial truck accident, you and your family may be able have a California wrongful death claim.
Wrongful death lawsuit allows a family to recover damages after a death that results from a wrongful act or from negligence. It is called a wrongful death because it is wrong that the death occurred and wrong that the family experienced a loss.
Negligent acts that may cause wrongful death in a California 18-wheeler crash include:
• Improper truck maintenance
• Improper truck loading
• Violation of Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration's rules and regulations
• Violation of traffic laws
• Drowsy driving
• Distracted driving
• Driving under the influence
• Reckless driving
A wrongful death lawsuit is a way for families to get accountability for their losses and to feel a sense that justice has been served. A wrongful death lawsuit claims that the victim died because of circumstances that were preventable and were caused by negligence. It also allows surviving family members to seek monetary compensation for the victim’s pain and for the family’s loss.
Wrongful death damages include compensation for the injury that led to the death and any related-expenses. These “survival damages” are recoverable had the deceased survived the California semi-truck accident, he could have filed an Orange County personal injury claim for these damages. Survival damages include lost earnings and medical bills, as well as any conscious pain and suffering the deceased may have suffered between the onset of injury and the death.
In addition to survival damages, family members may recover damages for pecuniary loss, funeral expenses, and for the reasonable value of the services, consortium, companionship, comfort, instruction, guidance, counsel, training, and support that the deceased loved one provided to the family.
The California wrongful death attorneys at Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie are dedicated to helping the families of wrongful death victims. Our goal is to help you obtain both accountability and fair compensation. To learn more, contact the Newport Beach law office of Allen, Flatt, Ballidis and Leslie at 866-981-5596.
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