Accidents involving semi-trucks often result in serious, life-threatening injuries or death. If you have recently lost a loved one as a result of a truck accident, recovering from the loss of your family member is one of the most difficult challenges you will encounter.
At Goodman Acker, P.C., we understand you may be going through a difficult time and are not only suffering grief, but also facing the weight of new responsibilities that may have fallen on your shoulder as a result. Our Michigan truck accident attorneys have been helping families fight for justice and the damages they deserve for over 30 years. We are ready to help you next.
Drivers and passengers involved in a truck accident are often killed or suffer serious injuries such as a brain or spinal cord injury. In fact, according to an article posted in The New York Times, “The Trucks Are Killing Us,” more people will be killed in traffic accidents involving large trucks this year than have died in all of the domestic commercial airline crashes over the past 45 years if past trends continue to hold true.”
It is more common for such fatal injuries to result in this type of crash because commercial vehicles, such as semi-trucks and tractor-trailers, are significantly larger and heavier than other automobiles on Michigan roads and highways. For example, the gross weight of an automobile roughly the size of an SUV will range from 2 tons to about 6 tons – 6 tons being the largest of full-size trucks and SUVs. The gross weight of tractor-trailers does differentiate as every state has their own weight restrictions, however in general they are MUCH heavier than a vehicle. Currently in Michigan, the gross cargo weight of a tractor-trailer combination cannot legally exceed 80,000 pounds, which is equal to 40 tons.
According to The New York Times:
Statistics from the Michigan Traffic Crash Facts from 2011 include:
Many believe the fault lies with the federal regulators responsible for enforcing trucking regulations. According to The New York Times, Congress has pursued a number of steps that roll back safety improvements ordered by federal regulators despite deadly statistics. Some of these steps include increasing the number of hours a truck driver can work in a week and discouraging the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration from investing in wireless technology designed to improve the monitoring of drivers and their vehicles.
Filing a wrongful death lawsuit for a truck accident can be complicated and challenging. That is why it is so important to have a Detroit wrongful death attorney experienced with truck accident claims on your side. Not only are you going up against a large trucking company, but it can be difficult to determine the value of your damages without the help of a professional.
Damages vary, but typically surviving family members are entitled to file two types of claims. The first claim is referred to as survivor’s loss benefits. This claim is filed with your own insurance company and includes damages for your economic losses such as funeral costs, medical costs, lost income, and more. The second type of claim is a joint lawsuit that can be filed against the trucking company / driver for your non-economic losses (aka pain and suffering damages). Non-economic damages include loss of companionship, emotional pain and suffering, and more.
Call our trusted attorneys today at (248) 793-2010 if you believe you have a wrongful death claim for the loss of your loved one in a truck accident. Our Detroit truck accident lawyers can answer any questions you have, explain your legal rights, and help you determine the value of your damages. There is no cost or obligation to call and have a conversation with us. If you ultimately need representation, our lawyers will represent you under our trusted no-win, no-fee promise. Call now to get the advice and help you need.
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