Quincy Fatal Truck Accidents
Lawyers to Recover Damages After Fatal Quincy Truck Accident
Truck drivers must often travel interstate highways and U.S. routes in order to make deliveries. For instance, when making a delivery from Boston to Quincy, a truck driver might need to drive on I-93 or U.S. Route 1. Other important roads that many trucks may need to travel include Route 3A, Route 53, Route 28, Route 3, Southern Artery, Hancock Street, Quincy Shore Drive, and Newport Avenue. If your loved one died in a truck collision, you should call the seasoned Quincy fatal truck accident attorneys of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca who have more than 60 years of experience fighting for full compensation for accident victims. Our firm also handles workers’ compensation and SSDI claims.
Fatal Truck Accidents in Quincy
Due to their weight and size, truck accidents frequently have devastating consequences, including death to those in smaller vehicles. Sometimes multiple people are injured or die in these crashes, and the insurance coverage for the driver’s negligence in connection with the accident is exhausted. It is crucial to consult a lawyer who will look at all potential causes of a fatal truck accident, and who works with credible experts that can be retained to testify on complicated questions of causation when necessary. Often an accident reconstruction expert needs to go to the scene fairly quickly after the accident in order to take photographs of property damage and debris and other evidence about what happened.
If a loved one was killed in a Quincy truck accident, you may be able to pursue damages in a wrongful death lawsuit. Our lawyers may need to establish the liability of multiple parties. Parties whose conduct should be investigated as a potential contributing cause include the truck driver, the trucking company, a third party loading company, a mechanic, the truck manufacturer, and other drivers.
A trucking company that employs a negligent truck driver may be held responsible under a theory of vicarious liability, a form of indirect liability. However, a trucking company can also be held directly liable for the death of a truck accident victim under theories of negligent hiring or negligent supervision of their truck drivers.
Attorneys to Bring Wrongful Death Lawsuits
If your family member died because of negligence or other misconduct, you and other surviving family members may be able to recover damages in a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party or parties for monetary damages. A wrongful death lawsuit can be filed only when the decedent would have been able to sue for personal injuries had those injuries not been fatal. Under M.G.L. ch. 229 section 2, a wrongful death is one caused by negligence, a reckless, wanton or willful act, or a breach of warranty.
In many cases, wrongful death lawsuits arising out of fatal truck accidents are predicated on the defendant’s negligence in acting such that the victim died. The decedent’s estate’s executor will need to file the claim on behalf of the family members; you can’t personally file the claim unless you are the executor or administrator. Generally, this person is named in the decedent’s will or appointed by the court.
Damages in a Fatal Truck Accident Lawsuit
Damages may be awarded if our lawyers can establish liability. Damages may include:
- lost income,
- services and protection that the decedent would have given to survivors had he or she lived,
- reasonable funeral and burial expenses,
- care and comfort and guidance that the decedent would have provided to survivors had he or she lived,
- and the decedent’s conscious suffering as a result of injuries sustained in the truck accident.
You may be able to recover punitive damages when a fatal truck accident is the result of gross negligence or malicious, willful, wanton or reckless conduct.
Consult a Seasoned Quincy Fatal Truck Accident Attorney
If a loved one died as a result of a crash, you should call the seasoned Quincy fatal truck accident lawyers of Katz, Friedman, Eisenstein, Johnson, Bareck & Bertuca. Our firm has fought for full and fair compensation for truck accident victims for more than 60 years. We also handle SSDI benefits and workers’ compensation claims. Call us at 312-724-5846 or complete our online form.