Recently an individual was killed as a result of a big rig truck crash on the 5 Freeway in Anaheim. KTLA News reports that just before 3 a.m. the semi-truck was involved in a crash with a Toyota Camry. The big rig semi-truck overturned on the freeway which resulted in the closure of all southbound lanes of the 5 for several hours.
Officers immediately responded to the scene. At this point, no specific details of the fatality have been released, and authorities are still trying to determine the cause of the accident. If the investigation reveals that the car driver was killed due to the fault of the big rig driver, the family of the victim will be able to bring an Anaheim wrongful death claim on behalf of the victim.
When a big rig semi-truck is involved in an accident that results in a death, the subsequent investigation is very important because it can determine which party or parties will be liable for wrongful death damages. It will be important to sort out the case facts to determine if the truck driver caused the accident by driving negligently—driving while drowsy, driving under the influence, driving while distracted—or if the accident was perhaps caused by a problem with the truck, such as a mechanical problem or a failure by the truck company to properly maintain the truck. In a big rig accident both the driver and the company that owns the truck are potential responsible parties and depending on the facts may be responsible for wrongful death damages if someone is killed as a result. Truck companies often carry large insurance policies to cover these types of incidents.
Because the trucking company will have insurance agents and attorneys investigating any big rig wrongful death accident, it is important to contact your own Anaheim wrongful death attorney if you have lost a loved one in this type of accident. The investigation can get complicated and the insurance company may try to blame the accident on your lost loved one. However, an experienced truck accident wrongful death attorney will know how to conduct a proper investigation and protect your rights. With a skilled attorney by your side, you can make sure the truck driver and company are held accountable if they are the cause of the wrongful death of your loved one. Wrongful death damages awarded to the family in this type of case will help cover the costs of unexpectedly losing someone they care about—this includes hospital bills, funeral and burial expenses, lost wages or earning ability, etc.
The attorneys at Walch Law are experienced truck accident attorneys. We have over thirty years of experience representing personal injury and wrongful death claims associated with large big rig accidents. We can help you in every step of your case from a detailed investigation to helping you determine your claim and identifying the responsible party. To arrange a free consultation for your case, contact us today at 866-465-8792. We are ready and willing to zealously advocate on your behalf so that you get the compensation you deserve.