Wrongful Death Claim against Truck Driver and Company

If your loved one was killed in an accident caused by a commercial truck driver, your family can sue for wrongful death and hold accountable the driver, the trucking company and others.

Lawyer Free ConsultationOur accident attorneys have helped many families like yours. Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman recently won $6 million for a family in a case where the vehicle that caused the accident experienced an equipment failure. Contact Fred and Eric to find out how they can help you and your family. You will not have to pay our law firm anything unless we win your case.

How Our Lawyers Can Help if Your Loved One was Killed by a Semi Truck

Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman

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We hold trucking companies and drivers accountable by taking every measure to win as much money as possible for the family. In many of these cases, the family uses the money to honor the memory of the loved one who died.

If you hire a truck accident lawyer at our law firm to represent you, we will immediately do our own investigation of the accident to gather evidence needed to win your case:

  • Send a spoliation letter. This is a letter to the trucking company requesting that the company preserve evidence related to the accident.
  • Inspect the tractor and trailer. Every case involving someone killed by a semitrailer requires an inspection of the truck, including the tractor and trailer.
  • Inspect other vehicles involved in the accident. Our lawyers also inspect any other vehicle involved in the accident.  For example, if your loved one was driving a car when he or she was hit and killed by a big rig, our lawyers would inspect the wrecked car, taking pictures and analyzing the wreckage.  Again, we hire engineers and others who are accident reconstruction experts to help us.
  • Obtain documents from the trucking firm. We make the trucking company and anyone else responsible for the wrongful death hand over all relevant documents.  We pour over them looking for evidence of regulation violations, including driving too many hours, inadequate drug testing, etc.  We also look at corporate relationships to determine what companies can be sued.
  • Interview witnesses. Our tractor-trailer accident lawyers do interviews of witnesses, trucking company employees and others in the presence of a court reporter.  The resulting transcript can be used as evidence at trial.  This interview process is called a deposition. It is an expensive process, but depositions are important evidence and can lead to more evidence.
  • Hire accident reconstruction specialists. We hire forensic engineers and other experts in the field of accident reconstruction. Below is an animation we created for a case.

For many of our clients, the money is secondary. What they want is to know the truth and to hold all responsible parties accountable for the death of their loved one.  Our law firm has the experience, skill and money to do that.

Semi Trailer Truck Inspection Lawyers

Attorneys Fred Pritzker and Eric Hageman inspect a semi-trailer after a crash.

What is a Wrongful Death Claim?

When your loved one is killed by a commercial vehicle, you have wrongful death claims against all parties legally responsible (“liable”) for the accident. This can include the trucker, his or her employer, the owner of the cab and trailer, the owner of the freight, a maintenance company, a manufacturer of a defective vehicle part, a bar that served alcohol to a truck driver, and others.

These claims involve specific laws that outline the procedures a family must go through to file the claims and recover on them. In most states, a trustee (or the equivalent) is appointed by the court. This trustee acts on behalf of the family. Our lawyers work with the trustee and family members to win the case.

When we take a case, we take the time to get to know who the person who died was, what that person meant to the family (both financially and emotionally), what the person’s job was and what future prospects the person may have had, and what the person’s hobbies and other community activities were. We try to get as full a picture as possible of the person’s life because we have to persuasively present evidence as to the value of that life. The process is difficult for the family, but we understand and try to make it part of the healing process and not an additional burden.

In most states, the laws allow the next of kin to recover on a wrongful death claim. “Next of kin” as defined in most states includes a spouse, parents, children, grandparents, siblings, nieces, nephews, aunts and uncles.

Honoring the Memory of the Loved One

There is no amount of money that can ever undo the tragedy of a fatal accident. Nonetheless, in these case, we are trying to achieve some measure of justice and hold someone or some entity accountable for what happened.

What we often see in these cases is that the settlement or verdict we are able to obtain does some good in honoring the memory of the loved one who died. We recently saw this in a case involving a collision between a tractor-trailer and a snowmobile. We represented the family of a 16-year-old boy who was driving his snowmobile on a trail designated for that purpose when he crashed into the side of the trailer, which was illegally parked across the snowmobile trail. The young man was tragically killed due to the negligence of the tractor-trailer driver.

After we achieved the settlement, the family set up a foundation that awarded scholarships in the name of their son who died. The scholarship fund awarded scholarships to high school age children who were pursuing a course of study their son would have pursued. In that way, the family was able to see that good came out of something that was so tragic.

You can click here now to contact our lawyers for your free consultation. Our attorneys have been interviewed by The Associated Press, The New York Times, The Wall Street Journal, CNN, Lawyers USA and others.

Accident News

Fatal Semi-Car Crash in Rice County, MN

A Pontiac Grand Am was traveling southbound on Highway 21, turning eastbound onto Highway 21 at Highway 99. A big rig was traveling westbound on Highway 21/99. The vehicles collided. Tragically, the driver of the Pontiac did not survive.

Osmond Man Killed in Crash North of Lincoln, Nebraska

A young man from Osmond, Nebraska, is dead after a rock hauler broadsided the grain truck he was driving. The driver of the rock hauler had been traveling westbound on Waverly road. It stopped at the intersection of Highway 77 and Waverly, and then attempted to cross all 4 lanes of 77 to continue on Waverly, witnesses told the Nebraska State Patrol (NSP). While he was crossing Highway 77, he crashed into a grain truck that was traveling southbound on the highway, killing the driver.

Tragic Accident in Goodhue County Takes Life of Faribault, Minnesota Woman

An accident in Goodhue County, Minnesota, took the life of a Faribault, MN woman and seriously injured a teenager. The teenager was driving a Ford Windstar minivan on County Road 11. She stopped at the stop sign and then proceeded into the intersection, where she was hit by a big rig.

Semi Truck Head-On Collision on I-90 in MN Results in Wrongful Death

A fatal head-on collision in Winona County between two semitrailers killed both drivers. A Kenworth semi traveling eastbound on I-90 collided head-on with a Freightliner, causing the wrongful death of Abdulhafiz Hussein, a 37-year-old man from Roseville, Minnesota.

Rear-End Collision by Semi-Trailer Kills Motorcyclist

A semi-trailer rear ended a motorcyclist on U.S. Highway 95, sending the cyclist to the hospital, where he died from his injuries. Fog may have been a factor, but the trucker should have been driving for the conditions, even it that meant pulling over until the fog lifted.

Fatal Crash With Farm Tractor Near Rexburg Idaho

On Wednesday, a tractor trailer clipped a farm tractor on highway 20 near Rexburg Idaho. According to investigators, the 18-wheeler had started to break as it approached the the tractor.

2015 Legal Seminar

Attorney Eric Hageman was the chairman of a legal seminar on wrongful death litigation. His presentation at the seminar, “The Trucking Wrongful Death Case”, taught lawyers some of the basics about litigating a wrongful death claim.

Semi-Trailer Driver Charged for Illegal U-Turn, Fatal Crash

A semi-trailer driver illegally turned his big rig around on Route 419 in Pennsylvania. He had missed his turn, and instead of turning around safely, he tried to make a u-turn. His decision ended a life.

Lawsuit Filed against FedEx

In April of 2014, a tragic accident allegedly caused by a FedEx driver in California killed 10 people and severely injured many more. The 18-wheeler crossed California Interstate 5 (Golden State Freeway) and hit a charter bus that was transporting students. The vehicles burst into flames, which resulted in several students being severely burned.

Woman Killed When Truck Driver Falls Asleep, Rear-Ends Car

A big rig rear ended a car, and ran right over it. Tragically, a 49-year-old woman from Rochester was killed. She was on her way to work.

School Bus Driver Dies in Crash Caused by Dump Truck

A school bus driver was tragically killed in a crash with a garbage dump vehicle in Waxhaw, North Carolina. The driver has been charged with misdemeanor death by vehicle. A GoFundMe account has been set up to help the family.

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