Garbage trucks kill more pedestrians than any other type of vehicle. The main cause of these fatal accidents are improperly trained and overworked drivers rushing from stop to stop to complete their trash routes. Further, because many of these garbage trucks weigh over 60,000 pounds or 30 tons, when these large vehicles strike a pedestrian, the pedestrian is usually killed or seriously injured. For a free evaluation of a Texas fatal garbage truck driver accident lawsuit or other truck wreck lawsuit by a Texas Fatal Garbage Truck Driver Accident Lawyer, please feel free to contact Texas Fatal Garbage Truck Driver Accident Lawyer, Jason S. Coomer or use our submission form. Please include the date of the accident, location of accident, your name, injuries suffered, and a brief description of the accident.
The Texas Commercial Motor Vehicle Driver's Handbook is very clear that pedestrian's have the right of way on Texas roads. It warns commercial drivers to avoid turning their vehicles into a deadly weapon and to always be aware of any pedestrians. There are also numerous safety techniques and rules that commercial drivers are required to follow. There are also warnings that failure to follow these safety techniques can cause a fatal accident.
Families that have lost a loved one to a negligent garbage truck driver should be aware of several potential causes of action that they have against the parties that are responsible for the fatal accident. These families should also make sure to have a thorough investigation done of the fatal or catastrophic injury accident. For more information on Truck Wreck Investigations and Texas Fatal Accident Causes of Action, please go to the following web pages: The Truck Collision and 18-Wheeler Information and Investigation Center and Texas Wrongful Death and Survival Actions.
In thoroughly investigating the death of a loved one, it is important to understand the potential different types of compensation that can be obtained through the Texas legal system and insurance policies. Under Texas law there are two main types of death actions, there is the wrongful death claim that is available to the spouse, parents, and children of a person that has been wrongfully killed by the negligent actions of another. There is also a survival action that passes through the decedent's estate and allows the heirs or beneficiaries of a decedent to seek compensation.
The Texas Wrongful Death Claim seeks money
compensation for the parents, spouse and children of the decedent based
on a variety of factors including:
- Loss of love, companionship, comfort, assistance, protection, affection or care
- Loss of financial support
- Lost benefits, such as insurance, from the death
- Loss of inheritance from an untimely death
Texas Wrongful Death Claims are created by Texas law for the intentional or negligent killing of a person. These claims are usually sought through filing a Texas Wrongful Death Lawsuit.
Texas survival actions or Texas Estate claims are claims for what the decedent would have recovered had the person survived the accident. These claims travel through the decedent's estate and either go to their heirs or beneficiaries depending if the person had done any estate planning. These damages include:
- Expenses associated with the death including
- Medical expenses prior to the death
- Pain and suffering associated with the untimely death
To obtain survival accident damages, it is typically necessary to file a probate lawsuit to establish an estate administrator or executor and to determine who a person's lawful heirs or beneficiaries were at the time they were wrongfully killed.
According to the National Center for Statistics and Analysis, thousands of motorists are killed each year by commercial vehicles. Commercial vehicles are too often driven by under trained, inexperienced, and over worked drivers that are under pressure to drive fast as well as keep maintenance costs down. These factors combined with road construction, cell phones, GPS devices, and other potential driver distractions can cause fatal automobile accidents.
Whether a driver is driving a large commercial vehicle such as a garbage truck, it is important that the driver be trained to operate the commercial vehicle and have their driving record reviewed for accidents as well as drunk driving convictions. For more information on serious injury and fatal accident investigations, please also feel free to go to the following web site: Truck Accident Information and Investigation Center.
For a free evaluation of your commercial truck or commercial vehicle accident lawsuit by a Texas Garbage Truck lawyer, please feel free to contact Texas Garbage Truck Wreck Lawyer, Jason S. Coomer. Please include the date of the accident, location of accident, your name, injuries suffered, and a brief description of the accident. Jason Coomer works with other Fatal Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers throughout the United States on large fatal garbage truck accident lawsuits. He works with Dallas Garbage Truck Wreck Lawyers, Houston Garbage Truck Attorneys, San Antonio Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers, El Paso Garbage Truck Accident Lawyers, and other Texas Truck Accident Lawyers.