Victims of truck accidents may suffer significant harm which is why legal resources are available to help victims recover damages for harm.

A 54-year old cab driver was recently killed in a fiery truck crash in Massachusetts. The 54-year old woman was driving her passenger-vehicle cab over a Boston-area bridge near Worcester when she was hit from behind by a tractor trailer. The woman was stopped in the right lane at the time of truck accident. The produce truck is owned by a company in a nearby state and the driver of the truck was taken to the hospital with minor injuries. The accident remains under investigation by accident reconstruction experts. As of recently, charges have not been filed.

When a family member is killed in a truck accident, surviving family members may be able to recover damages associated with the loss of the loved one. Damages may include funeral expenses, medical expenses, loss of support and services, pain and suffering damages and los-prospect of inheritance in some circumstances. A wrongful death claim for damages may be brought when a truck driver has negligently caused the death of a loved one.

There are a variety of ways a truck driver can be negligent and cause a semi-truck accident. A drunk truck driver, an unqualified truck driver, an inattentive truck driver or a truck driver who is speeding or experiencing truck driver fatigue can all cause an 18-wheeler accident. In some cases, the trucking company may also be liable for the truck driver’s negligence and be required to compensate the victim’s family for damages.

Truck accidents can cause extensive harm to victims and families. Because of this, the legal system is available to protect victims and help them when harmed.

Source: CBS Boston, “Fiery Zakim Bridge Truck, Car Crash Kills Chelsea Cab Driver,” April 21, 2014