A fatal truck accident in Northridge resulted in a wrongful death recently when a car attempting to pass struck a commercial vehicle which was parked in the median. The accident with the truck resulted in the death of the driver of the smaller vehicle and serious injuries to the passenger. This case will be legally quite complex. The accident happened before 6:30 in the morning as the car attempted to pass another vehicle using the center median lane. The question is whether the actions of the driver of the small car contributed to the accident and whether the commercial big rig parked in the median should have been there in the first place.
Truck companies and their vehicles are usually heavily insured, and the insurance companies are represented by legal firms with extensive expertise and unlimited resources. They will dispute that the fatal truck accident in Northridge resulted in a wrongful death and blame the driver of the smaller car for using the center median lane to pass. These cases require a proven trial attorney with extensive experience, expertise and legal skill. My name is Rivers Morrell and after 40 years of experience in these cases, the first 20+ of which were defending insurance companies, I can tell you what strategies the insurance company’s attorneys will employ and the challenge the family of the victim faces.
The family of the victim has the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the trucking company and the owner of the truck parked in the median. California law defines a death caused by the negligence of another as a “wrongful death.” In these cases it is important to thoroughly examine the evidence and obtain witness statements quickly. It may be necessary to do an accident reconstruction video to communicate the genuine facts to a jury in order to obtain a successful verdict. If you have lost a family member in a fatal truck accident I invite you to contact me personally for a free and private consultation at (949) 305-1400. There is no cost to you or your family out of pocket as I work on a contingency fee basis.