4 FAQs About Filing a Wrongful Death Claim After a Truck Accident

Most fatalities in large truck crashes are passenger-vehicle occupants.  According to the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety, an 18-wheeler can weigh 30 times as much as a car, which explains why impacts between the two are almost always catastrophic for the occupants of the smaller vehicle. If you lost a loved one in a truck wreck, there’s no amount of compensation that can undo the emotional trauma you have endured, but if your wrongful death claim is successful, it may ease some of the burden on your family. A truck accident attorneys at Gump & Faiella can evaluate your case for free to determine if your claim has merit.4 FAQs About Filing a Wrongful Death Claim After a Truck Accident

Our legal team has recovered more than $250 million for clients in successful settlements and verdicts. Call 800-264-3455 to schedule a free case evaluation with a wrongful death lawyer in Missouri.

Read on for the answers to four FAQs about wrongful death claims arising from truck accidents:

  1. Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Missouri?

 In the state of Missouri, only one action can be brought for the wrongful death of a loved one, and only certain family members are eligible to bring it. Possible plaintiffs include:

  • The surviving spouse;
  • Any surviving children;
  • Any surviving parents;
  • Any surviving siblings; or
  • Someone who has been appointed by the court. 
  1. How Long Do Eligible Parties Have to File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit?

 The statute of limitations governing wrongful death lawsuits in Missouri is three years. Since there are certain exceptions to this deadline, though, it is wise to discuss your family’s case with a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible. If, for example, a government entity was liable for your loved one’s death due to failure to maintain the roads, you must file a formal claim against the entity within just 90 days.   

  1. What Kinds of Damages Can You Recover by Filing a Successful Wrongful Death Claim? 

The following types of damages may be included in wrongful death claims arising from truck accidents in Missouri:

  • Hospital bills prior to the death;
  • Funeral and burial expenses;
  • Lost income and benefits;
  • Lost inheritances;
  • Pain and suffering; and
  • Loss of consortium and companionship. 
  1. When Should You Call a Truck Accident Attorney? 

It goes without saying that there’s a lot to do after losing a family member in an unanticipated accident. As tempting as it might be to put off your claim, doing so could prove costly since important evidence may be time sensitive. An attorney can perform an immediate investigation, handle correspondence with insurance adjusters and the defendant’s legal team, and help you avoid crucial mistakes. 

Call 800-264-3455 to Discuss Your Case with a Missouri Wrongful Death Attorney

The wrongful death attorneys at Gump & Faiella assist clients in Moberly, Columbia, and the rest of Missouri. We can come to you if you cannot come to us. Call 800-264-3455 or fill out our Contact Form to schedule a free consultation with a truck accident lawyer.

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