Obtaining Compensation After Fatal Truck Accidents In Iowa
Truck drivers in Des Moines often walk away from accidents. The same is not true for the victims, who may suffer catastrophic or fatal injuries. In these accidents, police officers often hear one version of what happened: the version told by the truck driver. That version may be inaccurate or fabricated to protect the trucking company from liability.
The personal injury attorneys at Hixson & Brown, P.C. represent the family members of the victims. We are skilled trial lawyers with the investigative resources needed to uncover evidence of wrongdoing by truck drivers and trucking companies. We understand the regulations that apply to the trucking industry. We also know how to uncover violations of those regulations.
Holding Truck Drivers And Their Employers Accountable
Trucking companies are required to carry substantial insurance policies to pay for the losses they cause through negligent operation. However, insurance companies often look for ways to either minimize the amount they have to pay or avoid paying anything. It usually takes an attorney’s help to collect and preserve the evidence you need to establish liability on the part of the driver or trucking company.
Examples of wrongdoing that can be used to establish liability in a truck accident case include:
- Driver fatigue
- Inaccurate logbooks
- Overloaded or improperly loaded trucks
- Truck speeding
- Improper maintenance
- A history of driving violations
- Drug use
While money can never bring your family member back after an auto wreck, it can help you deal with financial issues caused by the death. In addition to economic losses such as medical costs, funeral expenses and lost financial support, your family may be entitled to compensation for damages such as loss of consortium, loss of parental guidance and loss of household services.