Commercial vehicles include delivery trucks, taxis, tractor trailers, and any other vehicle not intended for personal or recreational use. These vehicles are just as likely to get into road accidents as their non-commercial counterparts.
Unfortunately, commercial vehicle accidents often occur in the same places civilians drive while going about their day to day lives, from the highways in Salem, MA to the parking lots of Boston, and the side streets of Manchester, NH. They are caused by the same factors that cause everyday accidents—human error, drug and alcohol impairment, mechanical defects, and carelessness—and in the worst situations they can kill innocent people.
If a loved one is killed as the result of a commercial vehicle accident, it can leave you angry, confused, and distressed over their wrongful death and what to do next. Determining who or what is at fault for commercial vehicle accidents often involves an investigation of human factors, engineering issues, and scene examination to determine the party or parties who are most likely at fault for the trauma and hold them accountable. It can be overwhelming for any grieving family member, friend, or spouse to deal with in the aftermath of a wrongful death.
Any number of factors can be responsible for a commercial car accident. A Massachusetts or New Hampshire wrongful death attorney may be able to secure compensation for you in a commercial vehicle wrongful death case for:
Mechanical Defects: Whether due to ordinary wear and tear, poor repairs, or neglected maintenance, commercial vehicles can break down at inopportune and dangerous times. Defective electrical systems, wheels, and brake systems can all cause deadly crashes.
Human Error: Commercial drivers are constantly on the road, often far more than other professions. They are required to operate their vehicles with 100% of their abilities at all times. However, demanding schedules and common human failings can prevent drivers from giving their full attention to the road. Sleep deprivation and intoxication can often result in commercial vehicle collisions. Sometimes, the drivers may not be adequately trained to handle their vehicles in unusual or dangerous situations, leading to wrongful deaths.
Environmental Hazards: Rain, hail, ice, or sleet can all derail a commercial vehicle and cause a fatal crash. Commercial vehicles are also vulnerable to poor road upkeep or design. Potholes, uneven pavement, or dangerous intersections can all be factors in an accident and a wrongful death.
If you lost a loved one in a wrongful death from a commercial vehicle accident in Massachusetts or New Hampshire, a wrongful death attorney may be able to help you secure compensation for:
Medical Bills: Commercial car accidents can cause devastating injuries, such as broken bones, internal organ damage, and traumatic brain injuries. Each of these can be a devastating blow to an individual’s or a family’s finances. In fact, medical bills are among the most common causes of personal bankruptcy in the United States. The damages may also cover necessary physical therapy for your injuries and other future medical costs. In cases of those lost in a wrongful death, you may receive a hefty bill for the medical services or therapy provided prior to their death.
Lost Wages and Future Wages: You may be eligible for the wages lost from a personal injury as a result of a commercial vehicle collision; recovery can take a long time and can be debilitating. You may also be eligible to receive compensation for the lost future wages of a loved one who was killed in a commercial car crash.
Loss of Consortium: For when a commercial vehicle accident wrongly claims the life of a close loved one such as a parent or a spouse, you may be entitled to compensation for loss of consortium. This is meant as compensation for the loss of companionship, love, guidance, and support from that person, often calculated by estimate rather than precise guidelines.
Pain and Suffering: After a commercial vehicle accident, you may receive damages for the pain and suffering you experienced or continue to experience as a result of the crash. This can be from a direct injury or trauma or from the loss of a loved one in a commercial car collision.
If you have been hurt, or a loved one has been hurt or killed in a commercial vehicle accident—whether as a driver, a passenger or a pedestrian/cyclist on the sidewalk—you may be eligible to recover your damages from multiple parties liable for your trauma.
The Law Offices of Mazow | McCullough, P.C. are knowledgeable and experienced in commercial vehicle accident and wrongful death cases. We know how difficult dealing with both the loss of a loved one and a wrongful death suit can be, and we can help you every step of the way as you file a case and bring it to court. We’re compassionate and ready to hear you. Contact us today for a free consultation.