Atlanta drivers likely know that one of the greatest dangers of driving on the Interstate is the hazard of an accident due to high speeds, variable road conditions and high traffic volume. And while the shipping of goods by tractor-trailers is vital to the American economy, a smaller vehicle sharing the Interstate with an 18-wheeler may also be at risk for getting involved in a semi truck accident.
In a recent tragic truck crash, a 29-year-old Georgia mother and her 3-year-old daughter were killed when a semi truck struck their SUV as they were traveling along Interstate 75. The impact of the collision caused the SUV to hit a guardrail and catch fire. Law enforcement authorities are currently searching for the semi truck driver who left the scene of the accident.
Of course, one of the most difficult parts for families to endure in an accident like this one is the uncertainty — who was responsible for the accident and why did it happen? When these questions go unanswered, a victim’s loved ones cannot find emotional closure and they do not know who to turn to for financial compensation.
But once a driver is identified, the family of a person killed in a semi truck accident is entitled to file a civil suit for wrongful death against the at-fault party and perhaps their employer as well. An experienced personal injury attorney can help a victim’s relatives determine which losses may be compensable. Under most circumstances, these include medical expenses, funeral costs, lost wages, property damage, pain and suffering and loss of companionship. While monetary awards cannot return a victim to their loved ones, it can at least ease the financial burden caused by the negligence of another person.
Source: WSBTV.com, “Family wants answers in hit-and-run death,” Shae Rozzi, Jan. 16, 2013