Recently, the Courant reported that the family of a Department of Transportation worker killed in a truck accident was awarded $7.29 million in damages following a trial in Hartford. The DOT employee was working on Route 8 in Waterbury when he was struck and killed by a tractor-trailer. At the time of the collision, the worker was observed wearing personal protective equipment and following OSHA safety guidelines. The driver’s truck was seen veering off of the pavement and onto the shoulder at the time the worker was hit. A jury deliberated for less than an hour before finding both the truck driver and employer negligent and thus responsible for the losses of the worker and his family.
Compensating a Family for a Deceased Love One
Many victims of truck collisions, unfortunately, suffer a similar fate. The sheer size and weight of trucks, semis, and tractor-trailers make it highly likely that any collision with another car will result in catastrophic injuries to the driver and passengers of the car. A collision with a pedestrian, motorcyclist, or bicyclist will almost certainly be fatal.
While no amount of money can ever make a deceased love one come back, surviving family members may be comforted to know that compensation is available to help address the financial concerns that such a tragedy produces. For instance, the surviving family members can recover payment for:
- Funeral and burial expenses;
- Medical expenses incurred prior to death;
- Loss of past and future wages;
- Loss of the company and presence of the decedent;
- Pain and suffering; and
- The decedent’s loss of enjoyment of life.
Truck Collision Victims Deserve Vigorous Representation
After a truck collision, the lawyers and insurance companies employed by the trucking company spring into action. Their job is to minimize the loss that they and the company must pay because of the negligence of its driver. It is common for them to attempt to settle the matter for a specific sum of money. They may also attempt to quickly clean up the accident scene before you or your attorney have an opportunity to properly document all evidence and witnesses.
Victims of trucking collisions and their families truly need aggressive and competent legal counsel in those first hours and days after a truck crash. Your attorney can help ensure that important evidence such as driver’s logs and data from the truck’s on-board computer are properly preserved for later use. Not only this, but your attorney can collect evidence regarding your expenses and costs and the extent of your injuries. Finally, your attorney will handle negotiations and discussions with the trucking company and its representatives, leaving you free to focus on recovering from the incident.
Contact a Hartford Truck Accident Attorney Today
If you or a loved one has been injured or killed in a truck collision, contact Woolf Law Firm, LLC at [[phone1]] or [[phone2]] right away for a consultation. The quicker you retain counsel, the quicker we can go to work for you. Do not try to take on trucking companies by yourself; victims who use the services of an experienced Hartford, Connecticut truck accident lawyer are more likely to receive full and fair compensation for their losses.