What damages could be recovered after a fatal truck crash?

Whenever a huge truck is involved in a crash, there is a risk that one or more people could be killed in the accident. Trucks are enormous and weigh tens of thousands of pounds, which means that even seemingly minor collisions or brief losses of control can prove to be catastrophic.

Under these circumstances, it can be crucial to identify any negligent or reckless parties and file a legal claim seeking damages. While nothing can truly compensate families for a loss like this, a wrongful death claim can be effective at acknowledging both financial and non-financial damages. 

Financial damages that may be available

Fatal truck crashes take a financial toll on loved ones. These events can lead to:

  • Massive medical bills
  • Lost wages and loss of future financial contributions from the victim
  • Funeral expenses
  • Property damage repair costs

Non-economic damages that may be available

Non-economic damages are more difficult to calculate than financial damages are. However, they can be just as significant as financial losses, if not more so. Non-economic damages include:

  • Pain and suffering
  • Loss of companionship
  • Loss of protection
  • Loss of affection
  • Loss of guidance

In some cases, additional damages may be available in situations where the liable party acted recklessly. These are punitive damages that the courts might award specifically to punish the at-fault party.

Filing a wrongful death claim in New Mexico

Of course, money will not undo an accident. However, compensation can make it a little easier for loved ones to cope with the loss, especially when damages are considerable. Legal action can also provide family members with a sense of closure and accountability, which can be a valuable piece of the recovery process.

If you have lost a loved one in a truck accident, do not overlook your legal options and your right to pursue compensation. You can discuss your case with an attorney who is experienced in pursuing wrongful death claims following truck crashes and can provide critical guidance and support.

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