A bicyclist is defenseless against a large dump truck. Especially when driving in a city, a dump truck driver must be vigilant at all times to avoid hitting and killing bicyclists or pedestrians.
When someone dies due to the negligence of another, the law allows the family and next of kin of the decedent a claim or lawsuit for money damages. When a lawsuit is brought against a trucking company (in this case the dump truck company) for a wrongful death, negotiations occur between your lawyer and the trucking company’s legal team and its insurer. The trucking company’s insurance company is involved because they ultimately pay the dump truck accident victim’s family. In many cases, more than one insurance company is involved because more than one party is liable. Liable parties may include:
- the dump truck driver
- the owner of the truck
- the trucking company (if different than the owner of the dump truck)
- a maintenance company
Don’t Talk to the Trucking Company or Insurance Representative
If a loved one was killed in a dump truck accident, you may have already been contacted by an insurance company representing one of the potentially liable parties. You should not talk to the insurance company representative. Anything you say may be used to reduce the amount of your wrongful death claim.
Our law firm has negotiated several settlements of over $2 million dollars with trucking and insurance companies, including an April 14, 2011 jury verdict for $2,469,339 in damages in a bicycle vs. semi accident case. In the bicycle vs. semi accident case, the bicyclist was run over by the rear wheels of the trailer of a right-turning semi truck at a busy intersection. The jury found 70% fault on the truck driver and 30% fault on the bicyclist.
In wrongful death cases, Pritzker Olsen lawyers take the time to get to know about the person who died, what that person meant to the family financially and emotionally, what the person’s job was and what future prospects the person may have had, as well as what the person’s hobbies and other community activities were. This is necessary in order to persuasively present evidence as to the value of that life.
Our goals are to get justice for families, to make sure they do not needlessly suffer financially and to honor the memory of the loved one. Call us today for a free consultation at 612-338-0202 or 1-888-377-8900 (toll free) or submit our contact form. We will help you carry the burden.