In 2015, the Idaho Transportation Department listed thirty deaths that were the result of being involved in an accident with a large truck. Because these crashes tend to be so violent and cause catastrophic damage, they sometimes result in fatalities. When they do, the victim’s loved ones face a tremendous loss emotionally, mentally, physically, and financially.

The loss of a loved one is hard enough to bear, but when that loss involves medical expenses, funeral expenses, and loss of income, it can be too much to handle alone. The wisdom and guidance of a Boise truck accident wrongful death lawyer from Craig Swapp & Associates can be invaluable at these times.


Understanding Wrongful Death

Wrongful death in Idaho refers to a death that did not have to happen, was not from natural causes, and was not intentional. In other words, the death was not the result of malice, and it could have been the result of either an action or a failure to act.

For example, if a truck driver failed to avoid the victim’s vehicle because the trucker was driving distracted—even if the car should not have been there—it’s possible that the truck driver could be ruled at fault for the death.


Truck Accidents and Wrongful Death

Truck accidents tend to end in wrongful death more frequently than car accidents simply because there is much greater force and momentum behind the truck, especially if that truck has a loaded trailer attached to it.

The force of the impact alone is enough to cause immediate death in some cases. When negligence results in a wrongful death, it means that someone needs to take responsibility in some way. This doesn’t always mean the truck driver, either.


Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Idaho?

One of your first questions is probably whether you can sue for wrongful death. In Idaho, the following individuals can file a wrongful death lawsuit:

  • Personal representative of the deceased’s estate
  • Heirs of the deceased
  • Spouse, children, parents, stepchildren, or blood relatives who are dependent on the deceased

The people who can sue for wrongful death vary, and it’s not always clear who qualifies. If you aren’t sure, it’s best to let an experienced attorney from our firm look over the details.


Consult a Compassionate Idaho Truck Accident Lawyer

Attempting to litigate a wrongful death case alone can result in an overwhelming amount of information and requirements. The accident that cost you your loved one has cost you enough; let us deal with the legal hassles for you.

At Craig Swapp and Associates, we have the experience and knowledge necessary to help you seek justice for your loved one. Your family shouldn’t be at risking for losing what you’ve worked for, and we’ll help you seek a settlement that will allow you to maintain your lifestyle. Schedule your free case evaluation by calling 1-800-404-9000 or completing the contact form at the bottom of this page.

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