Any time someone is killed in an accident, it is a tragedy. When it is a young man or woman who is struck down because of a reckless or negligent driver, it can be even worse.
Recently, a 24-year-old man was killed in a truck accident when a truck struck the man's car. Lafayette authorities took the man to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. The truck driver allegedly disregarded a traffic signal, creating the situation that resulted in a collision with a car on Ambassador Caffery Parkway on Oct. 14. The truck driver faces criminal charges in this fatal truck accident.
Nothing can ever replace the loss of a loved one. However, families who find themselves in a situation such as this may be able to file a wrongful death suit to cover medical expenses, funeral expenses and any other associated expenses from the accident. Some factors to consider include whether the loved one died directly from the accident, if the other person's negligence caused the accident, whether surviving members of the victim's family are suffering monetary harm and whether a representative for the lost loved one's estate was required to be appointed.
With a truck accident, however, there are additional factors to consider when bringing a wrongful death suit -- such as determining who can be named in the suit. If it is a commercial truck, suit can likely be brought against the driver, the owner of the truck and, in some limited cases, the manufacturer or shipper of materials that the truck carried.
The loss of a loved one from a motor vehicle accident is a tragedy that no family should ever have to face. And while a wrongful death suit can't turn back the clock, it may serve to help the victim's family as it faces monetary challenges and provide a deeper sense that justice has been served.
Source: The Republic, "Lafayette police investigate fatal Sunday night crash," The Associated Press, Oct. 15, 2012