A car or even a large SUV can seem small when compared to the biggest trucks on the road. Drivers can try to keep their distance from these big rigs, but unfortunately, a careless truck driver can force any other vehicles on the road into dangerous situations.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found that in 2017 there were 4,761 deaths in accidents involving large trucks across the country. 72% of those victims were occupants in the other, usually smaller vehicles.
The weight and the way semi-trucks and tractor-trailers are constructed can turn even the slightest contact with a smaller vehicle into a devastating accident.
Louisville Deadly Accident on Chamberlain Lane
A collision between a car and a semi-truck on Tuesday Morning left one person dead. WAVE3 News reported the deadly crash happened on Chamberlain Lane on August 11, 2020.
Louisville Police say the accident was reported around 8:20 am. Their investigation showed a southbound semi was making a left turn into the Ford Kentucky Truck Plant when it struck the car.
The driver of the car was pronounced dead at the scene. There were no other injuries reported in the accident.
Compensation for the Family in a Deadly Accident
In tragic truck and car collisions, the family can get the news they’ve lost a loved one and far too soon afterward be facing medical bills and funeral costs. Family members left behind may get little time to grieve as financial responsibilities from the accident pile-up. These expenses come when the family is without the financial support the victim would have provided through his or her job.
Fortunately, Kentucky state law protects families in these situations. A family member or representative is allowed to file a Wrongful Death Claim against the at-fault driver and the insurance company involved. Each member of the family that was living with or dependent on the deceased can be part of the lawsuit.
In cases when a truck driver is responsible for the tragedy, it’s possible to hold the company the driver worked for liable for the damages as well. Some of the hardships the family has experienced can be claimed as damages. Some of the costs that can be recovered are things like any medical bills that arose before the death, funeral expenses, any lost wages the victim would have provided in the future, mental anguish, and a loss of emotional support for a spouse and children.
In Kentucky, the family of a victim has one year from the date of the victim’s death to file a claim against the at-fault driver, his or her insurance, and the company the driver worked for.
Contact a Louisville Wrongful Death Attorney Today
The attorneys at The Kaufman & Stigger Lawfirm don’t recommend waiting for the full year to file a claim. The more time that passes after an accident the harder it will be to gather evidence, locate any witnesses, and collect documents to build a strong case. A local attorney can help a family prepare their case and make sure they get the maximum compensation in the aftermath of a tragic accident.
Talk to a Louisville Wrongful Death Attorney you can trust to be on your side and get you what is yours under the law. The attorneys at Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC, have that knowledge and a combined 100 years’ experience in helping clients get the compensation the family will need to protect their future. To discuss your case, call Kaufman & Stigger, PLLC today, at (800) 937-8443, or click here to contact them online.