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Filing a wrongful death claim after a fatal truck accident

The unexpected death of a loved one can bring with it many difficult complications, including medical bills and other end-of-life expenses. While there is no amount of money that can bring back your loved one after a fatal truck accident, you may be able to seek compensation to cover your financial losses.

In New Mexico, grieving families have the right to file a claim with the civil court, and a lawyer can determine if the circumstances of your situation merit this legal action. If you lost a loved one due to the negligent or reckless behavior of a truck driver, your lawyer can identify all liable parties before you file a wrongful death claim.

Why do fatal truck accidents happen?

While not all fatal truck accidents are caused by negligence or other preventable factors, it is possible that your loved one lost his or her life due to one of the following factors:

  • Fatigued driving
  • Improperly loaded cargo
  • Negligent maintenance
  • Speeding or dangerous driving
  • Distracted driving

Whether you believe that there is evidence of any of the above types of negligence or not, it is worthwhile to seek a complete evaluation of your case in order to fully understand the options available to you. Drivers, trucking companies and other parties that played a role in the fatal accident are accountable for your financial and emotional losses.

Not only are you grieving the death of a loved one, you are grappling with the loss of that person's income, funeral expenses, end-of-life care and emergency medical bills. The monetary impact of a fatal truck accident can last for years, which is why it its critical to work with a lawyer who can determine how much you are owed and fight for the maximum amount compensation for your family.

The next steps for a grieving family

The aftermath of a fatal accident can be daunting, but what you do next could have an impact on your potential civil claim. As important evidence and documentation can be lost or destroyed over time, the sooner you seek the support of a lawyer with specific and extensive experience in fatal truck accidents, the better it will be for your case.

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