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What to do if a family member is killed in a truck accident

On Behalf of | Jan 12, 2021 | Motor Vehicle Accidents, Truck Accidents, WrongfulDeath |

Dealing with the loss of a spouse or close family member is difficult. It becomes even harder to process if your loved one died suddenly, in tragic circumstances. Unfortunately, truck accidents take the lives of more than 4,000 people each year, 67% of those drivers or passengers in passenger vehicles involved in a truck crash.

Your family may be struggling if you lost your spouse or family member in a truck accident and now don’t have their income. You also may have paid thousands for your loved one’s funeral and burial. You now could be raising children on your own or you decided to care your sister’s children when she died in the crash. You are suffering dealing with the reality your loved one won’t be there to see their children grow up or be your companion as you age.

What to know about filing a wrongful death lawsuit

You should consider filing a wrongful death lawsuit if a negligent truck driver caused the deadly accident. With a wrongful death lawsuit, your family can recover the following compensation:

  • For potential earnings your family member would have earned over their lifetime
  • For funeral and burial costs
  • For any pain and suffering your loved one endured before they died
  • For the value of services your loved one would have provided during their lifetime
  • For any inheritance your deceased loved one could have inherited
  • For losing the care, guidance and nurturing your deceased love one would have given you or your children
  • For losing your loved one’s companionship and love

Who is eligible to file a wrongful death suit in Georgia?

In Georgia, you can file a wrongful death suit for a loved one if that person was:

  • Your spouse
  • Your parent (and the deceased wasn’t married)
  • Your child (and the deceased didn’t have a spouse or adult children)

You also can file a wrongful death suit if you are the deceased’s estate administer and your loved one didn’t have a spouse, children or living parents.

It may be hard to think about filing a wrongful death lawsuit for your loved one’s tragic passing. However, you can recover damages that will make it easier to provide for your children or family. You can hold the negligent driver responsible for their carelessness. You can get the financial security you really need to move forward with your life.