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Fatal Truck Accidents

  • Around 500,000 trucking accidents are estimated to occur each year in the U.S.
  • Approximately 5,000 of these result in fatalities
  • One out of every eight traffic fatalities involves a truck crash
  • In tractor trailer accidents, 98% of the deaths occur to the individual sitting in the passenger vehicles –  not in the truck

In terms of the size of the large trucks, it makes sense that only 2% of the individuals in the trucks die. The truck provides enormous protection in comparison to a relatively tiny car, which may weigh 3,000 or 4,000 lbs. The truck may weigh up to 80,000 lbs. when it is fully loaded. If a loved one lost their life in a truck accident that was the fault of the truck driver, or if faulty equipment was to blame, or if there is another appropriate reason to claim negligence, the rightful heirs may seek compensation in a wrongful death lawsuit.

The Wrongful Death Lawsuit

  • What does “wrongful death” mean? When someone dies as a result of another’s negligence, lack of action or intentional conduct, the deceased’s estate and certain heirs may file a wrongful death claim to obtain compensation.
  • Which heirs may sue? Heirs usually include the deceased’s spouse and children. Heirs may also include the parents of the deceased if the victim was childless and unmarried.
  • Other exceptions apply. Ask your attorney.

Compensation in the Wrongful Death Lawsuit:

Every case is different, depending on the facts involved. However, a wrongful death claim may include the following:

  • Medical expenses
  • Burial and funeral costs
  • Survivor’s pain and suffering
  • Loss of financial support
  • Loss of companionship, care, affection
  • Loss of benefits to heirs
  • Punitive damages (when appropriate)
  • Other – ask your attorney

Complimentary Wrongful Death Consultation with Attorney Paul VanDerwerken; No Fees Unless We Win Your Case

There are no upfront legal fees and no legal fees at all for wrongful death cases unless we settle or win your case. If your loved one lost their life due to the negligence or malfeasance of a truck driver or other party, we believe they should be held accountable for their conduct. One reason for the wrongful death claim is that it provides support for those persons who were dependent on the deceased victim. Attorney Paul Vanderwerken has settled more than 2000 cases and has taken over 125 to court. You can schedule your complimentary case review by calling The Law Office of Paul VanDerwerken at 702-385-5050. Attorney VanDerwerken represents clients in Las Vegas, Henderson, North Las Vegas, Boulder City, Pahrump, Overton and elsewhere throughout the state.

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