The death of a relative due to an auto accident is a tragedy for all who loved and cared for the deceased individual. What’s more in many cases the surviving spouse and children are not able to financially bear the burden of having lost a bread winner of the family. In such cases it may be advisable to file a wrongful death lawsuit against negligent parties who’s actions or inactions lead to a loved ones death.
Deaths from Truck Accidents
Due to their massive weight disparity a large number of highway accidents involving big rig vehicles results in roadway fatalities. According to published data from the NHTSA, National Highway Traffic Safety Administration there are an estimate 5,000 large trucks involving fatal crashes. More so about 13% of all traffic deaths resulted from large truck accidents. California experiences that second largest amount of truck accident deaths, behind only to the state of Texas. Nearly 7.5% of all truck accidents leading to fatalities took place in our state. Common truck accidents leading to fatalities include:
- Rear end truck accidents – trucks striking the back of passenger vehicles
- Sideswipe accidents
- Head on Truck Collisions
- Trucks backing into passenger cars
- Truck Rollover Accidents
- Truck Jackknifing Accidents
- Multiple Vehicle Truck Accident – Also known as highway pileup accidents
California Wrongful death laws – relatives and families filing Personal Injury Lawsuits for the death of a loved one
California CODE OF CIVIL PROCEDURE SECTION 377.60-377.62
This Code states: “A cause of action for the death of a person caused by the wrongful act or neglect of another may be asserted by any of the following persons or by the decedent’s personal representative on their behalf: (a) The decedent’s surviving spouse, domestic partner, children, and issue of deceased children, or, if there is no surviving issue of the decedent, the persons, including the surviving spouse or domestic partner, who would be entitled to the property of the decedent by intestate succession.
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