There is no worse feeling than losing someone you love suddenly due to another person’s negligence. Unfortunately, many trucking collisions are a result of drivers who are pushing to complete jobs when they’re in a rush or too tired to drive safely.
After a loved one’s wrongful death, you may be able to seek compensation for what they went through as well as the impact this death has had on your family. You may be able to make a claim against the truck driver, the owner of the truck, the company that hired the truck driver or the manufacturer of a part that was defective, for example.
Depending on your case, you may be able to seek out many kinds of benefits and compensation.
What benefits can you get after losing a loved one in a trucking crash?
The benefits that you and your family will receive depend on the circumstances surrounding the crash. However, some of the common benefits include:
- Pain and suffering
- Medical costs
- Property damage
- Lost income
For instance, the insurance company for the driver may cover the expenses from the individual’s hospital stay, any surgeries that occurred and other treatments. You may also want to seek out death benefits, such as compensation for a funeral or burial.
Families should not overlook the option to seek compensation for the individual’s lost income. For example, if your loved one was the breadwinner in your household, then those at fault for the collision may need to compensate you for your family member’s lost wages and potential earnings in the future.
Compensation won’t bring your loved one back, but it can help while you grieve
Although this compensation can’t ameliorate the irreparable pain of losing someone you love, it can go a distance in helping you live a stable life with good financial support. The last thing any family should have to deal with is debt and financial trouble because of another person’s negligence or reckless behavior.
Get to know your rights before you make a claim or accept a settlement. You should file a claim against all responsible parties and be ready to seek all of the compensation you deserve.