Burlington, VT- There are close to 5.5 million commercial trucks, including semis, tankers and logging trucks, operating in the U.S. In the wrong hands, that’s 5.5 possibilities for a fatal truck accidents and plenty of opportunities for Vermonters to be involved in a devastating crash. Fortunately, truck accidents are far less common than car accidents are, but accidents involving massive trucks are often devastating and deadly. Those who have lost a loved one in a truck accident know that all too well, and have the right to pursue the party or parties responsible.
Under Vermont law (14 V.S.A. § 1492), accident victims, who have lost loved one because of the negligent or reckless actions of a truck driver or trucking company, are allowed to pursue compensation for their emotional and economic losses. This is done through a wrongful death suit and can be filed by the deceased’s closest relatives.
Victims of fatal truck accidents in Vermont are allowed to pursue compensation for their economic losses which include medical and funeral expenses, costs for repair of their properties, loss of wages and the present and future financial hardships they face because their loved one was killed.
Vermont law requires that a representative of the deceased’s estate files the claim. This representative must be a close relative who has be designated beforehand by the deceased, or can be determined by a court as needed. Close relatives can include parents, children, siblings, spouses, adoptive parents and children.
As with a personal injury claim, having a successful wrongful death suit hinges on the filer’s ability to prove negligence on behalf of the defendants. Title 14 of Vermont’s personal injury statues require the victim’s death was the result of a “wrongful act, neglect, or default of another.” Doing this can be very difficult without legal acumen, so USAttorneys strongly recommends victims retain a truck accident lawyer in Vermont to build and present a successful claim on their behalf.
Our team of attorneys are well-versed in truck accident investigations and know how to accurately interpret any and all evidence that will bolster your claims. They will closely examine the cause of a fatal truck collision and determine whether it was driver error, mechanical failure or any of the other and egregious actions that led to a deadly collision. They will also work hard to identify the each and every party responsible for your loved one’s death and ensure you get the compensation you rightly deserve for your loved one’s death.
Our team of truck accident lawyers in Vermont understand the chaos, grief and uncertainty that plagues a family in the wake of their loss. They understand that your pain and anguish and know that for some victims it can only be relieved by making certain the responsible party is fully accountable for their recklessness. If you have lost a loved one in a Vermont truck accident, contact one of our highly skilled attorneys to assist you with your wrongful death claim.