The Leading Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents

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Truck accidents are much more deadly than accidents involving only passenger vehicles. Due to the size and weight differential between semi-trucks and passenger vehicles like cars, SUVs, and pickup trucks, the fatalities in these accidents are almost always the drivers or passengers of the smaller vehicles. If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, it is a good idea to consult with an attorney who can explain your rights and help you choose the best path forward.

For a free consultation with Chattanooga wrongful death lawyer Herbert Thornbury, please call 423-752-0544 today. 

Causes of Truck Accidents

Some of the leading causes of fatal truck accidents are:

  • Driver error
  • Erratic or aggressive driving
  • Intoxicated driving
  • Driver fatigue
  • Distracted driving
  • Vehicle failure
  • Unmaintained roads

While some of these things, like driver error, intoxication, distraction, and fatigue may seem to point clearly to single-party liability, in most truck accident cases, several parties are held to account for their actions. This is just one reason it makes sense to work with an experienced attorney when preparing to seek compensation following the loss of a loved one in a truck accident. Going it alone puts you at the mercy of a powerful industry, its insurers, and its attorneys. Having a lawyer on your side can help ensure you are treated fairly and not coerced into accepting less than your loss is worth.

Damages in a Wrongful Death Claim

Following the loss of a loved one in a truck accident, you may be able to seek damages for economic losses such as projected future income, loss of retirement benefits like 401k, and similar damages. You may also be entitled to seek noneconomic damages such as loss of companionship and emotional suffering through a wrongful death lawsuit.

If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, please call Herbert Thornbury, Attorney at Law at 423-752-0544 to schedule a complimentary case review. Located in Chattanooga, Mr. Thornbury serves all surrounding areas of Tennessee and Georgia.