Truck accidents cause some of the most catastrophic injuries each year, leaving hundreds of men and women with permanent disabilities. One form of truck accidents is particularly prone to causing brain damage, decapitation and death: underride truck accidents.
Underride collisions happen when a smaller vehicle, typically a car, collides into the side of a commercial semi-truck or tractor-trailer. The force of the impact wedges the car underneath the truck, causing severe head trauma, decapitation or death to the driver and passengers. Underride truck accidents could be prevented by mandatory side-guards, but the Department of Transportation has been debating this legislation since the 1960s.
If you’ve lost a loved one in an underride collision or any form of truck accident, you can file a wrongful death lawsuit to find justice for your family member. Truck accidents can happen for many reasons, and the cause of your loved one’s accident will dictate who should be held accountable for their wrongful death. For example:
- The driver of the truck
- The trucking company
- The loading company
- The truck or parts manufacturer
- The training facility of the driver
Additionally, you could recover damages through a wrongful death claim for:
- Funeral expenses.
- Medical costs for treatment prior to your loved one’s passing.
- Loss of income.
- Loss of companionship or parental guidance.
- Pain and suffering.
No amount of compensation can bring your loved one back, but our lawyer can help you hold the responsible parties accountable for the untimely death caused by the underride collision.
Schedule a free consultation with our truck accident lawyer in Chicago today at (800) LAW-0300. The Sklare Law Group serves clients in Chicago and throughout Northern Illinois.