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Can You Sue a Trucking Company for Your Loved One’s Death?

On behalf of Soloff & Zervanos, P.C.

If you have lost a loved one due to the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or truck company, seek legal assistance immediately. You may be entitled to significant compensation, and the team at Soloff & Zervanos, P.C. is going to be by your side. We will investigate what happened in this incident and work to secure the compensation and closure you deserve. When you need a Philadelphia truck accident attorney, call us today.

Large trucks can cause serious accidents

There are thousands of large commercial trucks in and around Philadelphia each day. Most of the time, these vehicles do not cause any problems and are operated professionally. However, there are times when the careless or negligent actions of a truck driver or trucking company can cause major accidents. In many cases, a crash with a large truck results in a victim dying from their injuries.

According to the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA), around 148,000 people were injured in large truck crashes during the latest reporting year, and 4,761 people lost their lives.

Determining liability after a truck crash

With the help of a Philadelphia truck accident attorney, you will need to determine who is responsible for the accident.

Truck drivers should always be properly trained to operate these large vehicles. If they ever operate while impaired by alcohol or drugs, while distracted, or while fatigued, they could be held liable for a death caused by the crash.

Trucking companies have a responsibility to inspect and maintain their vehicles to FMCSA standards. These regulations are in place to prevent vehicle failure. Truck companies also have a duty to ensure their drivers follow all FMCSA regulations regarding daily and weekly hours of service.

Who can bring a wrongful death lawsuit in these cases?

In Pennsylvania, the law determines who is able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. These lawsuits must be filed by the personal representative of the victim’s estate. This determined by the deceased’s will or the court. A wrongful death lawsuit is filed on behalf of the beneficiaries of the victim’s estate:

  • Spouse
  • Children
  • Parents of the deceased

A wrongful death case must be filed within two years from the date of a person’s death.

We are here to help through this difficult time

If you have lost a loved one due to the actions of a truck driver or trucking company, you need to seek legal assistance as soon as possible. At Soloff & Zervanos, P.C., our compassionate and skilled team will be by your side every step of the way. Our goal is to secure the compensation due to you, which can include:

  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Loss of future income and benefits of the deceased
  • Cost of pre-death medical care
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of companionship damages
  • Punitive damages against those responsible

If you need a Philadelphia truck accident attorney, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or calling us at 866-597-8572.