You never thought that you’d be a person who lost a loved one unexpectedly. Everyone in your family works a relatively safe job, and no one does anything particularly risky.

You can’t predict serious traffic crashes, though, and that’s what ended up taking your parents’ lives. You’ll never forget hearing about what happened. The driver of the other vehicle sped through an intersection, colliding with your parents’ vehicle. The truck driver had been asleep, so they didn’t see the crash happen. You were at a loss. How could someone make such a serious mistake like falling asleep behind the wheel?

Truck crashes like this are not uncommon. In fact, there are multiple reasons why truck accidents happen. Things like:

  • Drowsy driving
  • Driving while intoxicated
  • Medical emergencies
  • Distractions
  • Equipment failure
  • Driver error
  • Poor vehicle maintenance
  • And other factors can end up leading to a serious crash

Unfortunately, these vehicles are extremely heavy, weighing up to 80,000 pounds. Compared to a passenger vehicle, which usually weighs around 4,000 pounds, it’s easy to see how someone could suffer from serious, life-threatening injuries. Catastrophic injuries aren’t uncommon when trucks and passenger vehicles collide.

Losing someone in a crash because of the other driver’s negligent actions or mistakes is heartbreaking. Fortunately, you do have options. You may be able to pursue a wrongful death claim against the truck driver or their employer, if they have one.

There is no excuse for driving dangerously or not taking care of a large vehicle’s maintenance needs. If you have been impacted by the loss of a loved one, it’s fair to hold the other party accountable for their actions.