When families come to us after losing a loved one in a truck accident, we know that they’re experiencing one of the hardest, most painful times in their lives. Fatal truck accidents are tragic, and we take our responsibility to survivors seriously.
Tarrant County, Texas experienced 2,198 commercial motor vehicle crashes in 2017, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. Of these crashes, 17 were fatal. Throughout the state, 512 CMV accidents were deadly and resulted in 601 fatalities. Commercial motor vehicle crashes involve all types of commercial vehicles, including semi-trucks, tankers, dump trucks, flatbeds, and other large and heavy trucks.
At Anderson Injury Lawyers, our Fort Worth truck accident lawyers have handled many fatal crashes involving these types of vehicles. With decades of experience and millions of dollars recovered for our clients, we know what it takes to fight and win justice for grieving families. If you recently lost a loved one in a truck wreck, do not hesitate to contact our fatal truck accident lawyers by calling 817-294-1900 or submitting your information online.
We offer free consultations so that you can determine your legal options before making any decisions. There are also no upfront costs to you, and if you don’t recover compensation, you won’t owe us anything.
Common Types of Fatal Truck Accidents
Our fatal truck accident lawyers in Fort Worth, TX handle claims involving:
- Head-On Truck Crashes
- Rear-End Truck Crashes
- Opposite-Direction Sideswipe Accidents
- Same-Direction Sideswipe Accidents
- Rollover Truck Accidents
- Jackknife Truck Accidents
- Left-Turn Truck Accidents
- Wide-Turn Truck Accidents
- Side Collision “T-Bone” Truck Accidents
- Underride/Override Accidents
- Runaway Truck Accidents
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Causes of Fatal Truck Accidents
Fatal truck accidents in Fort Worth occur for many reasons. Some of the most common causes of these deadly crashes include:
- Inadequate truck maintenance
- Truck defects
- Mechanical failure
- Brake failure
- Inadequately secured or unsecured cargo
- Distracted driving
- Impaired driving
- Drowsy driving/hours of service violations
- Failure to stay in the proper lane
- Illegal and risky truck driving maneuvers
- Road defects and hazards
- Work Zones
- Wrong-way driving
When your loved one was killed in a truck accident, you may not know how the accident occurred. If no one else was in the vehicle, or the other occupants of the vehicle also passed away, you may have very little information regarding what led up to the crash. Under these or similar circumstances, you would benefit from working with an attorney who has investigated and litigated fatal truck accidents before.
Our fatal truck accident lawyers are prepared to look into why the trucking accident happened to determine who is liable for compensating you for your loss. We will gather as much evidence as possible through an independent investigation and during the discovery process to determine what went wrong and who is at fault.
Who is Responsible For a Fatal Truck Accident?
When you lose a loved one to a fatal accident with a semi-truck or other commercial vehicle, you may assume the other driver is at fault. If your loved one was the trucker, you may assume a vehicle driver was responsible. When your loved one was in their personal vehicle, you might assume the trucker was negligent behind the wheel. Our lawyers avoid making assumptions. Instead, we rely on an independent and in-depth investigation into the crash.
We have handled all manner of claims for wrongful death in truck accident cases and have pursued wrongful death claims against:
- Personal drivers
- Truck drivers
- Trucking companies/motor carriers
- Vendors and service providers to trucking companies
- Vehicle and part manufacturers
- Cargo owners and loaders
By working with a fatal truck accident lawyer, you can be confident that we will find out what happened, identify the liable party, and aggressively pursue compensation for you and your family.
Truck Accidents Differ From Personal Car Crashes
If your loved one was involved in a fatal accident with a truck and not another personal vehicle, you should work with our fatal truck accident attorneys as soon as possible. You should not work with a personal injury or wrongful death lawyer who focuses on car accidents and has little-to-no experience with commercial truck wrecks. There are too many important differences that require specific legal experience to improve your chance of bringing a successful claim.
To begin with, evidence preservation is a common issue following truck accidents. Much of the physical evidence, electronic data, and records needed to investigate the crash are under the trucking company’s control. That’s why we take steps, including a preservation letter, to ensure any potentially relevant evidence is maintained throughout the claim.
Commercial trucks are heavily regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA). Truck drivers require a special commercial driver’s license, and for some vehicles, they need additional endorsements.
Truck drivers must follow many federal regulations while they work, including when and how they inspect their vehicles and how long they can drive in a certain period (hours of service regulations). Following a truck crash, you need a lawyer who understands how to investigate for potential federal regulation violations.
Possible Liable Parties
The at-fault party in a personal car crash is almost always one of the drivers. In truck wrecks, the at-fault party may not be readily identifiable immediately following the crash. If the accident was the result of a defect or improper maintenance, the liable party may be a manufacturer, retailer, or vendor. Our experienced fatal truck accident lawyers understand to look further and deeper to identify what went wrong and who is responsible.
Pursuing a Wrongful Death Claim After a Fatal Truck Accident
Under Texas wrongful death law, you and your family may have the right to pursue compensation after a fatal truck accident if the crash was the result of another party’s wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or failure to act. Also, had your loved one lived after the crash, they would have had the right to pursue compensation through a personal injury lawsuit.
Not just anyone can file a wrongful death lawsuit. Texas law allows a surviving spouse, child, and/or parent to file this type of claim. One of these family members or several can file the lawsuit together. However, if none of these surviving relatives choose to move forward with the claim, the administrator of your loved one’s estate may be able to do so.
To determine whether a valid wrongful death claim arose from your loved one’s fatal truck wreck and whether you can file a wrongful death lawsuit, talk with us at Anderson Injury Lawyers as soon as you can.
Wrongful Death Truck Accident Compensation
Whether we negotiate for a settlement or fight for compensation in court, we will pursue the maximum amount possible for the:
- Loss of your relative’s income
- Loss of potential inheritance
- Loss of relative’s household services
- Loss of parental guidance and services
- Loss of spousal services
- Loss of your relative’s care, support, companionship, and love
- Funeral and burial expenses (if a family member paid them)
- You and your family members’ emotional distress and mental anguish
- You and your family members’ mental health care costs
Let Our Fort Worth, TX Fatal Truck Accident Lawyers Help You
We understand that if you’ve lost a loved one in an accident, you are going through a heartbreaking situation. No one expects to learn that their parent, spouse, child, or other close relative was killed in a truck accident. Unfortunately, these situations arise all too often, and families are left wondering what they can do.
Our fatal truck accident lawyers are here to fight for you. When you hire our firm, we will immediately dive into an investigation, file a wrongful death lawsuit, and do what we can to pursue full and fair wrongful death compensation for you and your family.