The sudden loss of a loved one after a truck accident can be difficult. The loved ones and family members are flooded with grief and other emotions while also trying to sort out the legal and financial ramifications of the tragedy. Without time to process the news of the sudden loss, you are forced to begin making decisions that can have a lasting impact on your family and financial stability. From selecting a funeral home to hiring a lawyer, you feel ill-prepared to make these crucial decisions. But you have no choice. These arrangements and steps must be taken long before you have had time to process the fact that your loved one is gone.
Unfortunately, the most challenging task you might ever undertake is planning the funeral, memorial service, or celebration of life for a family member who passed suddenly due to a truck accident. And in your despair and time of grief, it is easy to overspend and be left facing tens of thousands of dollars in debt simply to bury your loved one in a manner you felt to be respectful and appropriate. Fortunately, the staff at DTLA Law Group is here to offer expert assistance when making legal decisions after losing a loved one in a truck accident. We are here 24/7 to ensure you have a reliable legal resource at any hour of the day or night.
Our team is deeply sorry for your loss, and we would like to offer our expertise to help you navigate this challenging time. From understanding your right to sue the driver or the vehicle that caused the accident to securing the money needed to pay for your loved one’s final expenses, we offer guidance and a shoulder to lean on when you need it the most. Please get in touch with the DTLA Law Group today for answers to your immediate questions and to schedule a free consultation with a wrongful death lawyer to discuss the potential of a lawsuit to cover the cost of your loved one’s funeral and other expenses.
Truck Accidents Involving Wrongful Death
All vehicle accidents are traumatic. However, the carnage is typically much more severe when the accident involves a truck. The added weight of a truck can significantly increase the violence of the impact and the devastation to your loved one’s vehicle. Few cars can withstand direct impact from a massive truck, and the car’s occupants rarely survive their catastrophic injuries. And when these accidents occur, the family members of the deceased need to understand their rights and the rights of their lost loved one.
Someone is always responsible for any vehicle accident. It could be another driver, the manufacturer of one of the vehicles involved in the accident, or even the city that was supposed to maintain the roadway. When an accident results in a loss of life, it is vital to determine who was at fault and is responsible for the cost of the damage and losses. Some of the examples of negligence that could have caused your loved one’s truck accident could include the following:
- Another driver who was driving recklessly, too fast, or under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Poorly maintained or lighted roads that created unsafe driving conditions
- A mechanical failure of the truck involved in the accident due to poor maintenance or repairs
- A defect in the truck involved in the accident created a catastrophic failure resulting in the accident
These issues are examples of negligence on the part of various parties. And until the actual cause of the accident is determined, you and your loved ones will not be able to move forward to secure the compensation that is owed to you and your deceased loved one. The team at DTLA Law Group is here to assist you in sorting out all of the legal complexities of your loved one’s truck accident and advising you on how to file a lawsuit to receive the compensation you need for expenses, including your loved one’s funeral service.
Establishing Negligence To Seek Compensation
When you meet with a wrongful death lawyer at DTLA Law Group for your free consultation, there will be specific information that our team will need to gather to determine if you have grounds for a lawsuit. The details we need will help determine negligence and who is responsible for losing your loved one. Four critical components are required to establish negligence for the court and secure the financial responsibility for your loved one’s death. These components are:
- Duty Of Care
- Breach Of Duty
When the team at DTLA Law Group determines who failed to act responsibly and caused the truck accident that killed your loved one, we will advise you that you have grounds for a wrongful death lawsuit and how to move forward,
The Shocking Cost Of Your Loved One’s Final Arrangements
It could feel very offensive to worry about the cost of a funeral after losing a loved one in a truck accident. However, it is crucial to understand that these are not insignificant dollar amounts. And without seeking compensation from the person responsible for your loved one’s wrongful death, you could be left with tens of thousands of dollars in debt. Some of the typical costs involved in a funeral include:
- The casket and vault to bury your loved one
- The cost of cremation services and an urn if you opt for no burial
- The cost of a burial plot or mausoleum
- The fees for transporting the body to the funeral home
- Payment for the preparation of the body and use of the facility for viewing or a funeral service
- Use of the hearse to transport the casket to the cemetery
- The cost of the headstone, delivery, and installation fees
- The cost of flowers
- Writing and publishing the obituary
- Any remembrance items
- The cost of an officiant at the service
It is shocking to learn that the most basic California funeral will typically cost around $10,000. And when including all of the items listed above, the cost could be double that amount or more. The experts at DTLA Law Group understand that in your time of grief, it can be hard to focus on the dollar amount of funeral items and services. However, when time passes and you are still faced with bills and expenses, seeking reimbursement for the funeral, and other items from the person responsible for your loved one’s death will seem much more important. And our staff is here to ensure justice is served for you and your loved ones.
The Time Needed For A Wrongful Death Case
There is no way to estimate the time needed to complete your lawsuit. However, the case must be filed with the court system no more than two years after your loved one’s passing. If you wait longer than two years, you will have lost your legal right to seek damages.
The Value Of A Wrongful Death Lawsuit
The value of any lawsuit is based on actual expenses incurred as a result of someone’s negligence. For example, in the case of your lost loved one, you could seek:
- The dollar amount of any medical bills before the victim passed
- The amount of the funeral expenses
- The value of any lost property, such as the vehicle in the accident
It is also possible to seek additional money for the loss of support of minors financially dependent on the victim. The staff at DTLA Kaw Group will help you evaluate your expenses related to the loss of your loved one and what can be included in your wrongful death lawsuit.
Why Contact The DTLA Law Group
In your time of loss, it is easy to become overwhelmed with decisions and grief. At DTLAS Law Group, we are here to assist you in making wise choices that will meet your immediate needs and those in the future. Our staff understands that you face emotional and financial challenges that will impact your future. We want to offer you a possible solution in the form of a wrongful death lawsuit to cover the expenses you should not have to pay. The legal system is ready to hold the negligent party accountable for the damage they cause, and we are here to ensure that you get the justice you deserve.
Finally, we never want to add to your stress at this painful time. So we ask for no upfront fees or payments to represent you and your family in this wrongful death lawsuit. Instead, we are happy to wait to be paid until we have secured the compensation that is owed to you for the loss of your loved one. So don’t hesitate to get in touch with the DTLA Law Group today to learn more about our expertise, services, and the solutions we can offer you and your loved ones. The consultation is free, and so are our services until the job is done and you have gotten the payment you deserve and need to move forward after this tragic loss.