You ask an important question because there is only a short amount of time to file a wrongful death case in Kentucky before the statute of limitations expires. While some exceptions may apply, a wrongful death case must typically be filed within one year of a person’s death. This means that you will need to take action even as you mourn the sudden and tragic loss of your loved one in a truck vs pedestrian crash.
Who to Talk to After a Fatal Truck Crash
It can be hard to know who to trust after a truck accident takes the life of your loved one. As you move forward during this difficult time, it is important that you:
- Don’t talk to the trucker, trucking company, or insurance company. Anyone you talk to may sound sympathetic and may seem like they genuinely want to compensate you for your loss. However, their job is to minimize your payment so that they maximize their profits. You can avoid this risk by directing anyone involved with the truck accident and any insurance adjuster to your lawyer.
- Do talk to the personal representative of your loved one’s estate. In Kentucky, the personal representative of a decedent’s estate has the right to file a wrongful death lawsuit. It is important to make sure that the personal representative knows you want a case filed and why you want to pursue justice.
- Do talk to a wrongful death lawyer. An attorney can review everything with you and help you make informed decisions about what to do next.
A wrongful death case may be important to your family. The trucker or trucking company may be held responsible for your loved one’s death and your loved one’s estate may be compensated for things like funeral costs, medical costs incurred because of the accident, lost income, pain, suffering, loss of consortium, and the loss of surviving family members.
To learn more about protecting your rights, please contact our truck accident lawyers today for a free, no-obligation, confidential consultation. You can reach us anytime by phone or via this website to schedule your meeting and to get the important information you need during this difficult time.