Because of their sheer size and weight, accidents involving trucks often result in severe injuries or death. If your loved one was killed in a crash with a negligent truck driver, you are likely to be traumatized and overwhelmed.

However, you have legal options and might benefit from reaching out to a compassionate lawyer who is familiar with Michigan fatal truck accident claims during this difficult time. By filing a claim with the help of a skilled attorney, you could pursue compensation to ease your financial strain and allow you to focus on spending time with your family.

Legal Recourse for Surviving Family Members

As per Michigan Compiled Laws § 600.2922, a death caused by a wrongful act, neglect, or the fault of another party—such as a fatal collision caused by a reckless truck driver—could give rise to a civil lawsuit. During a claim, the surviving family members of the decedent might be able to request numerous damages. These might include:

  • Hospital, medical, funeral, and burial costs
  • Lost income—including the value of wages and income the deceased person would likely have earned if they had lived a normal life expectancy
  • Pain and suffering—on behalf of the deceased person prior to their death, as well as what was endured by family members as a result of their passing
  • Intangible benefits family members enjoyed from the deceased party—such as care, advice, and companionship

Establishing Fault for a Deadly Collision

In a fatal truck crash claim, a decedent’s family must establish that the defendant was at fault for the accident. Essentially, this involves proving that the defendant owed the decedent a duty of care, that this duty was breached, and that the resulting accident killed the decedent.

However, depending on the circumstances of a collision, multiple defendants might be named. These may include:

  • The company or employees who loaded the truck
  • The truck driver
  • The company who owns the truck
  • The company who employees the truck driver, if applicable
  • The manufacturer or the bus or its parts
  • The last mechanics to work on the bus

No matter how many defendants are named, however, these types of cases could quickly become complex, requiring legal knowledge and experience to navigate the claims process. A Michigan fatal truck accident lawyer could work tirelessly to gather evidence and present a persuasive claim for compensation or negotiate a settlement.

Help from a Lawyer After a Fatal Truck Accident in Michigan

If your loved one died in a Michigan fatal truck accident due to the careless, reckless, or otherwise negligent truck driver, the idea of seeking legal compensation might be daunting and overwhelming. However, by enlisting a tenacious lawyer, the attorney could pursue recovery for your losses and perhaps allow you to reach a sense of closure during this difficult time.

A skilled attorney with our firm could help to gather pertinent information, assess the circumstances of a crash, and tirelessly pursue the compensation that you and your family deserve. To begin working on a claim, call Buckfire & Buckfire, P.C. as soon as you are ready.

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