Accidents involving large trucks can be serious and often deadly. According to the National Safety Council, 5,005 people died in accidents involving large trucks in 2019, a 36 percent increase since 2010. The overwhelming majority of those deaths were occupants of other vehicles (71 percent), as opposed to truck occupants (18 percent) or non-occupants, such as pedestrians and bicyclists (11 percent).
Losing a loved one is always tragic, regardless of the cause. No amount of money can possibly replace their presence in your life, and it might feel unseemly to even consider pursuing compensation. But if your loved one was killed in a truck accident caused by another party’s negligence, you may find some solace in holding the guilty party responsible.
An experienced truck accident attorney, like those from DeMayo Law Offices, Your North Carolina Law Firm™, will understand the devastating circumstances you find yourself in and will be able to advise you about your options for pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit.
The wrongful death lawyers of DeMayo Law Offices have helped thousands of clients navigate these difficult decisions. We understand the pain, anger, confusion, and stress you may be experiencing. Pursuing a wrongful death lawsuit is often upsetting and overwhelming when you’re grieving. That’s why you should call DeMayo Law Offices for a free consultation today.
While we can’t bring your loved one back, we might be able to help you recover from the costs associated with their loss, including funeral expenses. We are ready and prepared to listen and advocate for the guilty party to take responsibility for your family’s tragedy. Contact our office at (877) 333-1000 today.
According to North Carolina law, a wrongful death is caused by an unlawful act, neglect, or default of another person or entity, such as a company. If your loved one was killed in an accident for which they could have filed a personal injury lawsuit if they lived, you may file a wrongful death lawsuit.
In North and South Carolina, only the personal representative of the decedent can file the wrongful death claim in court. Often this is the executor of the decedent’s estate, their spouse, parents, or surviving children. The court will appoint a representative if the deceased does not have a will. A wrongful death claim must be filed no later than two years of your loved one’s death.
As with personal injury lawsuits, wrongful death lawsuits pursue damages, or compensation, from the guilty party. Damages can be economic, non-economic, and punitive:
According to the National Funeral Directors Association, the median cost of a funeral with viewing and burial in 2021 was $7,848. This figure does not include the cost of a burial plot, grave marker, monument, or vault. This figure can range significantly according to location, services, and materials. Here are the average costs for various funeral and burial costs in 2021:
A wrongful death lawsuit after a truck accident can be a complicated legal process, especially when you are still grieving the loss of your loved one. It can be difficult to determine which party is at fault and to withstand the pressure tactics of the trucking industry lawyers. That’s why you need an experienced truck accident lawyer like those at DeMayo Law Offices.
Our wrongful death attorneys will fight for accountability from the guilty party and advocate for your family’s financial security after losing a loved one due to another’s negligence. The truck accident attorneys of DeMayo Law Offices, Your North Carolina Law Firm™, have been helping North and South Carolina families for almost three decades to pursue the compensation they need and deserve after a wrongful death.
Call our office at (877) 333-1000 for a free and confidential consultation.