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Truck accidents resulting in death could spawn lawsuits

Patricia M. Jarzobski

The amount of any money judgment awarded in a wrongful death lawsuit filed after a fatal Colorado traffic accident typically depends on the specifics of the accident and the extent of the damages documented. Truck accidents are often fatal, simply because of the greater mass of the vehicle when compared to others on the roads. Drivers believed responsible for fatal truck accidents, as well as their employers, find themselves defending against civil claims for both economic and non-economic losses.

Police reports state that an 84-year-old woman was killed recently when a truck hit her as she was attempting to walk across the street. She was in a crosswalk as the truck was making a left-hand turn. Emergency responders took her to a local hospital. She died there the next day.

The 30-year-old truck driver was uninjured and remained at the scene of the accident. While he has not yet been cited or charged, police and prosecutors are scheduled to meet to discuss whether the circumstances warrant criminal charges. There were no reports of drugs or alcohol as factors in the tragedy, though the investigation appears to be ongoing.

When truck accidents result in death, the family of the deceased may have legal grounds for filing a civil lawsuit. A monetary award, if granted by the court, can be used to pay medical costs, funeral expenses and other documented losses. Colorado residents who have endured the loss of a loved one at the hands of another party typically seek counsel from someone who is familiar with the legal aspects of handling this type of case.

Source: dailycamera.com, "Boulder police to meet with DA to discuss possible charges in fatal crash", Mitchell Byars, April 25, 2016

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