Semi-Truck accident lawyers in Ogden, Utah.
According to the U.S department of transportation, 11 people a day are killed, and 304 people a day are injured, by Semi-Trucks. Why the alarming statistics? Too often Semi-trucking companies and their drivers choose to ignore the driver safety rules in order to increase profits. When Semi-trucking companies choose profits over people, Carlson Injury Law is here to hold them accountable. Victims of semi-truck accidents have a right to monetary compensation (a settlement) for their injuries and the damage to their vehicle, as well as reimbursement of lost wages, medical bills, and other costs.
However, filing an insurance claim against a trucking company is not as easy or as simple as filing a claim against a regular car accident case. You need an expert team of semi-truck accident attorneys who can act quickly on your behalf – it’s the only way to level the playing field and make sure you’re treated fairly. At Carlson Injury Law we know the rules that these corporations must obey and we will hold them accountable.
Making a claim following a semi-truck accident
what damages can the survivors of a loved one recover in a truck accident death case?
It is devastating to lose a family member in a truck accident, especially when it was caused by the negligence of the truck driver and trucking company. It can cause you to suffer both emotionally and financially. Fortunately, the trucking company and trucker may be responsible for compensating you for your losses. While this will not take away your grief at the loss of your loved one, it can help you obtain justice and return to the financial stability you enjoyed before your loved one’s death.
There are two types of claims you may bring following the loss of a loved one. The first is a wrongful death action to recover the losses you personally suffered due to your family member’s death. The other is a survival action which is a claim for the financial losses that your loved one incurred from the time of the truck accident until his death.
In Utah, you are permitted to file a wrongful death action if you are the victim’s spouse, child, or parent. Compensation you may receive includes:
Lost Earning Capacity
If your loved one was employed and provided financial support to you at the time of his or her death, you might be entitled to compensation for the future lost wages and other benefits of his or her employment.
Loss of Support
You are entitled to be compensated for the loss of support, love, care, advice, and guidance that your loved one provided to you in your daily life.
Pain and Suffering
You also can receive compensation for the pain and suffering you are experiencing due to your family member’s death. If you need mental health counseling to help you cope with your grief, you can be reimbursed for this as well.
Loss of Services
If your loved one provided household or other services to you, this can be included in your settlement.
You can be compensated for the inheritance you would have received if your family member lived. You should be entitled to the amount he would have reasonably been expected to earn if he had lived.
If the trucker’s or trucking company’s actions were willful or grossly negligent, you might be entitled to punitive damages to punish them.
Damages you may receive
in a survival action
A survival action is generally brought by the personal representative of a deceased person’s estate for the benefit of his heirs. Depending on the circumstances in your case, you may be the one pursuing this claim as the estate executor and receive this compensation as one of your loved one’s heir. Damages awarded in survival actions can include:
- Medical expenses incurred by your loved one from the time of the truck accident until his death
- The wages your loved one lost between the truck accident and his or her death
- Funeral and burial expenses
- Pain and suffering your loved one experienced due to the truck accident
- Punitive damages
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You've been injured. You've missed time from work. You've missed time from your life. All because of a truck accident. While you may have many questions, a good first step is to seek the advice of a legal expert in Utah. An experienced truck accident attorney at Carlson Injury Law can review your case, explain the law to you, and help you find the best possible resolution.