New York Fatal Truck Accident
Our New York Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC states that a wrongful death case is a civil claim against a person, entity or corporation, who is liable for the death of another individual. The claim is usually initiated by a close relative or by the estate of the deceased. Each New York Wrongful Death Lawyer in our office has experience in handling cases which include a wrongful death from a car accident, ATV accident, scaffold accident, subway accident, truck accident, SUV accident or medical malpractice.
Generally, a wrongful death case is caused by the carelessness, lack of action or by the negligence of another individual or company. In a truck accident case, the family may be able to hold the careless truck driver and the truck driver’s employer liable for the family member’s death.
Even with an unintentional death, it is still the responsibility of the negligent party to provide compensation to the deceased’s family and survivors. On behalf of the deceased, a wrongful death claim can possible include compensation for the decedent’s medical, funeral and burial expenses, loss of wages and benefits, loss of inheritance, loss of support and companionship and money for pain and suffering and mental anguish. If the accident was caused by malicious intent, the lawsuit may seek an award of punitive damages. This is an award of monies used to punish the negligent party for their action and to serve as a deterrent to other parties.
According to our New York Fatal Truck Accident Lawyer staff at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, the wrongful death may be the result of the following common truck accident causes:
- Lack of truck driver education and training,
- Truck companies that are rushing the truck driver to meet unrealistic delivery schedules,
- Fatigued or tired drivers,
- Distracted truck drivers and
- Truck drivers who are driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of a truck driver, contact our New York Truck Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to discuss how to proceed with the fatal truck accident claim. Our team will help you gather the appropriate evidence, understand New York’s legal statutes regarding wrongful death claims, help fill out the necessary paperwork and if necessary, proceed with a wrongful death lawsuit. Under New York law, family members have a limited time to file a wrongful death claim. Therefore, it is imperative that you speak to our New York Truck Accident Lawyer staff as soon as possible.
Contact our New York Truck Accident Lawyer group at Stephen Bilkis & Associates, PLLC to schedule a free consultation to discuss the fatal truck accident and the potential wrongful death claim. Please call us at 800.696.9529, online or contact one of our New York City offices in Manhattan, Staten Island, Queens, the Bronx or Brooklyn, our New York office in Westchester County, Rockland County or one of our Long Island offices in Nassau County or Suffolk County.