A fatal accident just west of Worcester recently claimed the life of a tow truck driver. The 22-year-old tow truck driver was assisting a motorist in the breakdown lane when he was struck by a box truck. According to authorities, the 45-year-old box truck driver was travelling in the right-hand lane when he hit the tow truck driver. According to the owner of the tow truck company, the tow truck driver was loading a disabled vehicle onto his flatbed tow truck when he was struck and killed.
The fatal accident remains under investigation by collision and reconstruction experts, as well as commercial vehicle and crime scene investigation experts. While no charges were immediately filed, the box truck was taken away and impounded by police. A fatal truck accident can cause unexpected trauma and challenges for family members of the victim.
Because of the serious impact of a fatal accident, options for bringing a wrongful death claim for damages may be available to surviving loved ones facing funeral and medical expenses and other damages. Surviving family members of a lost loved one may be able to recover damages for the loss of support and services, as well as pain and suffering damages.
Because damages following a claim for wrongful death are based on the unique circumstances of the situation and the characteristics of the victim, it is important to fully understand the legal options available to the family. The legal process seeks to help the family in every way possible, so it is important to be familiar with the rights and remedies the family may have depending on the circumstances.
Source: Telegram.com, “‘Tow truck driver from Southbridge is killed on Mass. Pike in Auburn,” Craig S. Semon, Feb. 11, 2015