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My husband got hit by a tractor trailer and passed away. All the trucker got was a ticket for running a red light. Now I’m a widow with small children. Do I have any legal rights to hold the trucker accountable and get financial help?

Yes. You have a claim against the trucker and possibly his employer. This is how tort law works—it fills in the gaps left by criminal law to help victims. A $400 fine paid to the state will never help make up for a departed spouse's lost income or pay medical bills from the crash.

A Wrongful Death Claim My Help Your Family Receive the Aid They Deserve

Wrongful death is a legal term for the claim made when an accident causes the victim’s death. South Carolina law allows certain relatives of the victim, usually the spouse, children, and/or parents, to be compensated for:

  • The emotional trauma caused by the death,
  • Loss of the victim’s companionship,
  • Funeral expenses, and
  • The victim’s lost earnings that would have contributed to supporting the family.

The victim’s estate may also have a survival claim to recover for the victim’s:

  • Medical bills and
  • Conscious pain, suffering, and mental distress caused by the accident.

Both claims can include punitive damages for the trucker who caused the crash by breaking the law. If you’ve lost a loved one in a deadly Spartanburg crash—especially one who provided financial and family support, you owe it to yourself and your family to meet with a lawyer experienced in these claims. At Holland & Usry, our Spartanburg car accident lawyers look after folks like you. For our free book on auto accident cases that includes a chapter on tractor trailer crashes, click HERE. Call us today at 864.582.0416 or toll free at 888.230.1841 to schedule a free meeting to see what we can do to help enforce your rights.

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