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Family files wrongful death suit in fatal Texas truck wreck

Losing a loved one unexpectedly can be devastating to the family members left behind and even more tragic when the loved one is a child. When another driver's bad decisions on the roadway result in a fatal accident, a wrongful death claim may be able to be filed against that driver and the driver's insurer. If the driver was the employee of a commercial operation at the time, the hiring company may be liable.

Such is the case for the family of a 24-year-old man who was killed this past spring in a fatal truck accident when the driver of a tractor-trailer allegedly failed to yield the right of way, causing a collision. In a wrongful death lawsuit filed in Lufkin, Texas, on Dec. 10, the parents of the man accuses the driver for failing to look out for the safety of their son and for stopping his truck in a live traffic lane, among other charges.

The family is seeking compensation and survival damages for termination of the parent-child relationship, mental anguish, loss of consortium, loss of financial support and others.

Although monetary compensation cannot begin to make up for the loss of a loved one, the act of collecting damages can sometimes provide a certain level of closure to the family and help alleviate the financial difficulties caused by the sudden loss. Families should seek out information as soon as possible following this kind of event to defend their rights and better understand the remedies available to them following fatal accidents.

Source: The Southeast Texas Record, "Wrongful death suit filed over fatal truck accident on US 59 in Polk County," Michelle Keahey, Dec. 17, 2012.

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