Negligence in a Fatal Rhode Island Truck Accident

To file a wrongful death claim, there must be evidence that the responsible party was negligent in their actions, and their actions caused the death of your loved one. For example, the truck driver may have been driving under the influence or driving too fast. Or the truck was not properly maintained. Proving negligence involves four elements.

Proving Truck Driver Negligence

  • The truck driver breached their duty of care to other drivers on the road.
  • The truck driver breached that duty.
  • Victims suffered injuries, losses, and/or damages.
  • Victims suffered losses due to the breach of duty.

Liability in a Fatal RI Truck Accident

Truck accidents are not the same as accidents between passenger cars. Unless there are other cars and drivers involved in a vehicle crash, there is usually one liable party. With commercial trucks, there can be many parties responsible for the accident.

Possible Liable Parties

  • The truck driver
  • The trucking company
  • The truck manufacturer
  • The company that loaded cargo on the truck
  • The person or company responsible for service and maintenance of the truck

How a Lawyer Can Help

After a loved one dies in a truck accident, contacting a wrongful death lawyer as soon as possible can help with your claim. Because you may not know who’s responsible for the accident, a lawyer can help make this determination and communicate with the insurance companies while you’re grieving.

Benefits of Hiring an Attorney

  • An attorney can investigate the accident and gather evidence.
  • An attorney can determine the party or parties responsible for your loved one’s death.
  • An attorney can calculate the value of your claim.
  • An attorney can handle negotiations with insurance companies on your behalf. A lawyer may advise you to avoid talking to insurance companies since the company may want you to quickly settle the claim for the least amount of money.
  • An attorney can make sure that the claim is filed within three years from the date of the accident to be within Rhode Island’s statute of limitations. If a claim is not filed before the deadline, it may be dismissed, and you will not be able to pursue damages for your loss.
  • An attorney can protect your legal rights and represent you in court if the case goes to trial.  

Compensation in a Fatal RI Truck Accident

In Rhode Island, there is a minimum of $250,000 in recovery for a wrongful death claim. Compensation can be awarded over that amount and may include damages for a variety of expenses.

Possible Compensation

  • Medical expenses
  • Funeral and burial expenses
  • Lost income, taking into consideration the amount of money the deceased would have made during their lifetime
  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship, protection, and care
Christopher L. Russo
Helping Rhode Island personal injury victims for nearly three decades to get the compensation they deserve.
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