My Husband Was Killed by an 18-Wheeler. What Should I Do Next?
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The loss of a loved one is possibly the worst event a person can experience, and that pain is only magnified when the person lost is a spouse. And that pain can only intensify yet again after learning that the death was the result of someone else’s negligence. Accidents caused by large commercial trucks are much too common on the roads today and the number of these accidents that result in death is just too high. Those who have lost loved ones as the result of a truck driver’s negligence may be entitled to seek compensation.
If your husband was killed in an accident with a commercial truck, call Zinda Law Group at (800) 863-5312 for a 100% free case evaluation with our wrongful death attorneys.
What to Do After a Deadly Car Accident
Contact a Wrongful Death Lawyer
If your husband died as the result of an accident with a large commercial truck, your first step should be to contact an experienced wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. Although there’s no amount of money that can truly fill the void left by the death of your husband, you shouldn’t also be forced to suffer financially from the loss. In this way hiring an experienced wrongful death lawyer can be one of your biggest assets. They can be by your side every step of the way and explain to you potential outcomes.
Due to the variability of wrongful death claims, experience is essential. Having a wrongful death lawyer by your side who has been through this process before can be invaluable. Trucking companies will also have their own team of attorneys who will be actively working to defend their own interests. Have someone who is willing to fight for you in an effort to help you get the compensation you rightfully deserve.
Document the Accident
Strong evidence is essential when it comes to increasing the likelihood of a larger settlement in your claim. Evidence obtained at the scene itself can help in determining who was at fault which can help you decide what steps you want to take next. Documenting the scene includes taking photographs, acquiring a police report, speaking to witnesses at the scene, retrieving driver information and insurance information, and obtaining any other pieces of information that you may feel is necessary for your claim. Getting this information and having it readily available throughout the entire process can be invaluable.
If you are not able to personally document the accident, reach out to your lawyer who may be able to document the scene for you. This is a traumatic time so do not hesitate to reach out to your attorney who will likely be willing and available to help you in any way they can. Remember that you should not have to go through this process alone and your attorney can be an invaluable source of support.
Keep Receipts and Invoices
Gathering evidence after the accident may be just as important as documenting the accident itself. Evidence received after the accident can help when it comes to determining damages. Important pieces of information you should consider keeping include records related to medical expenses, vehicle repair costs, and funeral and burial expenses. Another important piece of information to consider is evaluating the income that will be lost as a result of the death. This can help further along when it comes time to assess damages.
Notify the Insurance Company
Once you have contacted a wrongful death lawyer and have acquired a good bit of evidence to support your claim you should notify the insurance company. Also, make sure to keep your lawyer aware of the steps you are taking with your insurance company. Your lawyer can be your voice when it comes to speaking with the insurance company and they can help protect your interests. Some insurance policies may have provisions that relate to wrongful death claims so be sure to speak with your lawyer about how this will affect your situation and what steps need to be taken.
Building your Wrongful Death Claim
Building your wrongful death claim is an essential step on the journey to seek just compensation. Building your wrongful death claim means gathering all of the evidence you have previously acquired and assembling it in a persuasive way that will benefit your case. This will also mean that a calculation of the damages you are expecting is important. This may be a confusing step in the process, and is certainly a place where your attorney will yet again prove to be invaluable.
Your attorney can help you organize the evidence you have acquired and choose what pieces of information will help you reach your goal. Your attorney will also help you calculate approximate damages. You should not let your attorney’s experience go to waste so take advantage of their willingness to help and take their advice to heart. Remember, your attorney may be one of your biggest assets when it comes to seek a just settlement.
The last step in this painful process is the settlement itself. The settlement is likely to be the result of tedious negotiations with either the other party or your insurance company. When it comes time for these negotiations have your prepared wrongful death claim at the ready and be prepared to fight for what you deserve. Keep in mind that the trucking company will also have their own team of lawyers defending their interests which are likely to be directly opposite to your own.
The settlement stage is yet again another step where your attorney proves to be invaluable. Negotiations can be grueling and those without experience can easily be taken advantage of whether it be by the insurance company or the defendant. Experienced attorneys will have gone through this process before and will know what to expect. They can explain to you expected outcomes and calm your nerves in a way few others can.
How to Calculate the Value of Your Claim
When it comes time to estimate the potential value of your claim it is important to remember that every case is different, and every case has a unique set of facts. In this regard, it may be beneficial to rely on your lawyer’s experience to guide you along the way.
They will likely have calculated such estimates in the past and will have a better understanding of how it’s done. You should provide your attorney with all the information they need so that they can get to work in calculating the value of your claim.
The value of each claim is determined by the damage caused to the victim. Different states have different laws when it comes to sources of damages and therefore it is not uniform across the country. However, there are some areas of damages that are seen consistently from state to state. Common areas of compensation in wrongful death claims include:
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Loss of companionship
- Loss of future financial contributions
- Loss of enjoyment of life
- Medical expenses
- Pain and suffering
Will a Lawyer Get a Larger Settlement for Me?
While nothing can be guaranteed, hiring a lawyer will most likely increase the likelihood of a settlement that is just and fair, considering the circumstances. An experienced wrongful death attorney will work hard for you and will work towards helping you seek the settlement you deserve. You shouldn’t have to go through such a difficult process by yourself, so rely on the experience and guidance of a wrongful death attorney when it comes to filing your claim.
It is also important to remember that the truck driver in such claims will also likely have a legal team working to defend the trucking company’s interests. For this reason, you should not let yourself be taken advantage of by going through the process alone against an experienced team of adversaries. Consulting an experienced wrongful death attorney can put you on a level playing field allowing for a settlement that is just and fair.
Legal Time Limits
When deciding whether or not to file a lawsuit it is important to understand what is meant by “statutes of limitations.” Statutes of limitations are essentially legal time limits that may bar claims filed outside of those time limits. For this reason, it is important to be sure of how these statutes apply to your case so that your claim doesn’t go unheard. The last thing anyone would want is to have time pass by preventing their case from being heard which would ultimately prevent just financial compensation.
Every state may have different legal time limits for different claims so keep that in mind when calculating when you must bring your claim by. The length of time for filing wrongful death claims can vary, with some states allowing just one year while others allow up to three years. If you find yourself confused, consider reaching out to an experienced wrongful death attorney to know for sure how your state’s statute of limitations applies to your case.
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A semi-truck accident can leave you in a financial bind. Your injury could leave you unable to work and result in lost wages. Medical bills or rehabilitation costs can add up. If the accident results in the death of a passenger, psychological distress can be devastating. The stress of dealing with all of these problems can take a toll.
Our truck injury lawyers can investigate your accident and determine if it was due to a disregard of regulations, truck driver error, or if the trucking company is at fault. If you were harmed due to some else’s negligence, we will fight aggressively to help you seek compensation
If your husband was killed in a truck accident, consult with a truck injury attorney at Zinda Law Group today. Our team of experienced truck accident lawyers can advise and handle the legal work for you so you can focus on what is most important: your recovery.
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