Losing a family member to a fatal semi accident can put your family’s entire future at risk. Find out how to recover the compensation that will bring you justice by speaking with a Miami truck accident wrongful death lawyer.
When large semi-trucks collide with much smaller vehicles, pedestrians, or motorcycles, these accidents often prove fatal. If your loved one was the victim of a fatal commercial truck accident, you can retain a Miami truck accident wrongful death lawyer from Lavent Law to file a wrongful death lawsuit to help you seek justice through monetary compensation.
Qualifying for a Wrongful Death Suit in Florida
Not everyone can file a wrongful death claim in Florida. In order to qualify, you need to be a close family member of the deceased:
- Blood relative or adoptive sibling who was financially dependent upon the deceased
There is a statute of limitations of two years for wrongful death claims, so if this is something you are considering, it is important to speak with an attorney right away to discuss your options.
Proving Fault After a Fatal Truck Crash
To recover damages for the death of your loved one, someone else must have been responsible for causing the fatal accident. It is not enough to simply accuse the truck driver. The accident must be carefully investigated to determine what happened and who is responsible.
For example, was the 18-wheeler accident the result of dangerous roads, a distracted truck driver, or another vehicle altogether? Determining why the accident took place is a critical step, and so is understanding the relationship between the truck driver, trucking company, and cargo owner.
Once understood, it will become clear who should be named in your claim, which can then be filed by your Miami fatal truck accident lawyer.
Damages in a Fatal Truck Crash Claim
When valuing a wrongful death claim, several factors must be considered, including any medical expenses incurred while trying to save your family member’s life. You should also be able to recover the cost of your loved one’s memorial or funeral.
In most cases, the majority of compensation comes from lost wages. You would be entitled to the amount of money your loved one would have earned if he or she had continued working until reaching retirement age. For example, if the deceased had thirty more years before reaching sixty-five and was making $50,000 per year, he or she would have earned at least $1,000,000 prior to retirement.
Money may also be awarded for the loss of medical and retirement benefits. Finally, you can also recover non-economic damages, such as for your family’s pain and suffering and lost companionship.
Consult with a Miami Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer
Losing your loved one to a semi-truck accident is incredibly painful. While there is nothing that can bring the person back, filing a wrongful death lawsuit can at least help to ease the financial burden left by his or her absence. To learn more about your options during a free consultation, complete the form below or contact Lavent Law by calling 305-440-0450.