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After a Wrongful Death Caused by a Truck Accident | Illinois Lawyer

If you are one of the many Illinois families who has lost a loved one in a trucking accident, it goes without saying that the loss of your loved one is incalculable. While nothing can ever make up for your loss, your family may be eligible to seek financial compensation for damages with the help of an Illinois wrongful death lawyer.

The offices of Illinois attorney Jesse Guerra have compiled a general guide for families grieving the loss of a loved one in a truck accident wrongful death. However, as usual, it is always best to act on the direct advice of a wrongful death attorney. Contact our offices today to determine the best course of action for your wrongful death claim.

18-Wheeler Wrongful Deaths

While all 18-wheeler collisions are accidents, if the accident was caused by the willful negligence or wrongful act of the truck driver, any injuries resulting in fatality can be considered a wrongful death. There are many factors to consider in determining liability for a truck accident wrongful death. In the accident that resulted in your loved one’s death:

  • Was the truck driver incapacitated while driving (drunk, intoxicated, or drowsy)?
  • Did the driver fail to abide by traffic laws?
  • Did the truck driver fail to receive proper training or certification by their employer?
  • Did the truck driver’s employer fail to abide by OSHA and federal regulations, which regulate the amount of time drivers spend on the road?

If the answer to any of the above is yes, your loved one’s death qualifies for a wrongful death suit.

What Should I Do After Losing a Loved One in a Truck Accident?

It can be difficult to determine what to do after a wrongful death caused by a truck accident. It is important the close family members of wrongful death victims take the following actions:

  • Report the accident to the appropriate authorities.
  • Obtain a copy of the accident report for your records.
  • Keep a careful record of financial damages (i.e. medical bills, funeral costs, loss of loved one’s wages or job benefits, etc.).
  • Do not admit fault to any party.
  • Do not speak to any insurance representatives without the counsel of a lawyer.
  • In the state of Illinois, family members must file a wrongful death suit within a year of the date of your loved one’s death. Contact a qualified wrongful death attorney as soon as possible.

Once you’ve hired legal counsel, your attorney will help:

  • Compile a comprehensive claim that encompasses all damages, both economic and non-economic.
  • Interview witnesses of the accident to help establish potential negligence.
  • Analyze maintenance logs and driver records from the trucking company.
  • Seek financial compensation for your damages.

A loved one’s passing is a traumatic event in a person’s life; considering filing a legal suit can feel like an impossible task in the face of so much pain. However, with the help of an experienced wrongful death attorney, you can rest assured that your legal interests are protected so you can focus on healing.

Illinois Attorney Jesse Guerra | Free, No-Obligation Consultation

If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident caused by the negligence of others, contact Illinois wrongful death lawyer Jesse Guerra to seek compensation for your loss. Call toll-free today at 1-800-555-0101 to schedule your no-cost, no-obligation initial consultation.

As a Carabin Shaw attorney, Jesse Guerra can offer the families of truck accident victims the confidence of knowing a qualified wrongful death lawyer is representing them at every step of the financial settlement process. If you would like to learn more about Mr. Guerra’s specialty practice areas and availability, visit his page on Carabin Shaw’s website.

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