When a tractor-trailer loses control, it usually wreaks havoc on the traffic around it. Victims in passenger cars and other smaller vehicles are at a high risk of being seriously injured or killed if they are involved in a truck accident.
Because of how dangerous commercial trucks are, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration (FMCSA) has established strict safety regulations that drivers and their companies are obligated to meet. Unfortunately, in the name of competition, many trucking companies cut corners on safety in order to meet strict delivery deadlines. When their negligence results in the death of your loved one, they can and should be held responsible through a wrongful death claim.
Common Types of Fatal Truck Accidents
Any type of truck accident can lead to a wrongful death, but there are certain situations where a fatality is more likely, such as:
- Rollover truck accidents
- Accidents caused by truck driver fatigue
- Override or underride accidents
- Jackknife accidents
According to recent studies, as many as half of all fatal truck accidents are caused by override or underride incidents. Override accidents occur when the tractor-trailer runs over a smaller vehicle; underride accidents occur when a passenger vehicle crashes into the rear of the truck and gets stuck beneath its end.
Filing a Wrongful Death Lawsuit
Over the years, our Bakersfield truck accident attorneys at the Law Offices of Mickey Fine have handled many wrongful death cases involving commercial trucks. We are dedicated to helping the surviving family members protect their rights and interests in the aftermath of such a senseless tragedy.
We understand that absolutely nothing can replace your loved one. However, for many families, filing a wrongful death case is an important way to obtain:
- Justice on behalf of your loved one
- Relief from the financial burden of your loved one’s death (lost wages, funeral expenses, medical bills, etc)
- Closure by uncovering the facts behind the accident
If your loved one has died in a fatal truck accident in the Bakersfield area, let us help. Please contact The Law Offices of Mickey Fine today or call (661) 333-3333 to schedule a free case evaluation with our Bakersfield truck accident attorney.