The attorneys with Sand Law have a great deal of experience representing clients involved in truck accidents. Many of them suffered severe injuries, while others tragically lost loved ones. When they get in touch with us, they typically have many questions, which is understandable. Here are some answers to frequently asked questions about death caused by a truck accident.
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How common are fatal injuries in motor vehicle crashes?
Motor vehicle accidents occur far too often – and with tragic results. There were 488 fatalities in our state in 2021, along with 1,723 severe injuries. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, crashes led to 42,915 deaths across the country that same year, the highest total since 2005.
Are deaths caused by a truck crash common?
There were 4,120 crashes involving commercial trucks in Minnesota in 2021, resulting in 72 fatalities and 1,248 injuries. Motorists and their passengers made up the vast majority of the deaths and injuries due to the immense size difference between trucks and passenger vehicles.
What are the most common reasons for fatal trucking accidents?
These are just some of the more common reasons truck accidents took place in our state in 2021:
Road surface conditions (the cause of 908 accidents)
Poor road conditions, such as potholes and slippery surfaces, can increase the likelihood of a truck accident. These conditions can cause a loss of control over the vehicle, reduced braking ability, and tire blowouts. Additionally, road construction or traffic congestion can increase the risk of collisions with other vehicles.
The truck driver failed to stay in their proper lane (340)
A truck crossing into another lane can collide with other vehicles, causing severe injuries or fatalities. It can also result in jackknife or rollover accidents, especially when taking curves or turns.
The truck driver failed to yield the right-of-way (262)
Failing to yield the right-of-way can occur when a truck driver fails to slow down or stop at intersections, merge lanes improperly, or ignore traffic signs and signals.
The truck driver followed too closely (255)
If the truck driver is following too closely to the vehicle in front, there is a high risk of a rear-end collision if the front vehicle stops suddenly. This can cause severe injuries or fatalities to occupants of both vehicles and even cause a chain reaction with other cars.
The truck driver made an improper turn (215) This can happen when a truck driver takes a turn too wide, crosses over the center line, or fails to signal a turn. Improper turns can cause collisions with other vehicles, pedestrians, or fixed objects, leading to severe injuries or fatalities.
Who can be held liable for a truck accident?
Liability for a truck accident can be complex and may involve multiple parties. The truck driver, trucking company, maintenance provider, and cargo loader may be held liable for a truck accident, depending on the circumstances.
Manufacturers of faulty truck parts such as brakes or tires may also face liability if the defective part contributed to the accident. Investigations of the accident scene, eyewitness accounts, and black box data can help determine liability and assist with any legal claims.
Who can file a wrongful death claim in Minnesota for fatal truck accident injuries?
In Minnesota, the surviving family members of a person who died due to someone else’s negligence can file a wrongful death claim. Those potentially eligible to take legal action include the deceased person’s spouse, children, parents, or siblings. If the deceased had no surviving spouse or children, their parents or siblings could file the claim. A wrongful death claim seeks compensation for the survivors’ damages, such as medical expenses, funeral costs, loss of income, and emotional suffering.
How much compensation can I receive for a death caused by a truck accident?
The compensation amount for wrongful death due to a trucking accident can vary based on many factors, including the victim’s earning capacity, as well as the circumstances of the accident. Typically, damages can cover funeral expenses, medical bills, loss of income, and loss of companionship. Minnesota law also allows for punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or intentional harm. An attorney experienced in wrongful death cases can discuss the potential compensation in your specific case.
How much does it cost to hire a Minnesota truck accident attorney for a wrongful death case?
Sand Law attorneys work on a contingency fee basis. A contingency basis means we’ll only receive a payment if you obtain compensation through a settlement or a jury award. If your case isn’t successful, you won’t pay anything. Contingency fees can make legal representation accessible to people who can’t afford upfront fees or hourly rates.
How do I find the best wrongful death attorney in Minnesota?
Keep the following in mind when looking for a wrongful death attorney:
- Do some research and ask for referrals.
- Consider the attorney’s experience and track record of success in wrongful death cases.
- Look for reviews and testimonials from previous clients.
- Meet with the attorney for an initial consultation to assess their communication skills and willingness to answer questions.
- Make sure the law firm has the resources to thoroughly investigate the accident.
- Trust your instincts and choose an attorney you feel comfortable working with.
Why should I hire Sand Law?
Sand Law is a law firm with extensive experience handling wrongful death cases, with a track record of achieving significant compensation for our clients. Our team of skilled and compassionate attorneys provides personalized attention and guidance throughout the legal process. Our firm also has access to critical resources, including expert witnesses and investigators, to build a strong case.