Compensation May Be Available When an Accident Causes a Death

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When an accident causes a death, relatives and family members have to deal with the financial consequences of the loss, as well as the devastating emotional and personal losses. In situations where the death was caused by the neglect or carelessness or someone else, we may be able to help. Our lawyers have years of experience investigating and pursuing claims for wrongful death in a variety of situations, ranging from deaths in the workplace to deaths on the highway.  See Trucking Wrecks.

Each state has different laws as to when and how a wrongful death claim can be pursued, and as to who can bring the claim, and each state has different provisions as to the damages that can be recovered.  Generally, however, someone other than the deceased must have been at fault for causing the death.  Although deaths on the job are generally covered under Workers Compensation, and therefore the employer usually cannot be sued, a third party may bear some responsibility and the circumstances should be thoroughly investigated.  For instance, if a defective machine caused the death, the manufacturer of the machine could be sued. See Construction & Industrial Injury.

Do not hesitate to call in the event of the death of a loved one under such circumstances, so that all aspects of the incident can be investigated and those responsible held accountable.

Bisected by the Tennessee River, bordering Georgia and Alabama, at the junction of three interstate highways, including the heavily traveled I-75 corridor, Chattanooga, Tennessee is both a historic railroad town and a modern transportation hub.  I-24 begins in Chattanooga running northwest toward Nashville, TN.  I-59 also begins just outside Chattanooga and runs south toward Birmingham, AL.  To the south, toward Atlanta along I-75, lies Dalton, GA a world center for the carpet and flooring industry. Chattanooga’s diversified economy includes the Volkswagen North American assembly plant, as well as insurance giants Blue Cross Blue Shield and Unum.  Chattanooga is also a major tourist destination attracting millions of visitors each year.  As a result, The Hamilton Firm LLC focus much of its work on representation of persons injured in trucking and transportation related cases as well as serious workplace injury cases.

Chattanooga is the headquarters for two of the nation’s major trucking companies, U.S. Xpress and Covenant Transport. And as crossroads city, Chattanooga ranks first in the nation among all metropolitan cities for the volume of freight moving through the city by truck (according to a recent freight study by Cambridge Systematics and reported in the Chattanooga Times Free Press). Problem areas include the interchanges as well as the entire section of I-24 from I-59 to I-75, and I-75 north to Cleveland, TN. Tractor trailers, while essential to a thriving economy, also present great risks to the traveling public if not operated safely by well trained professional drivers with well maintained equipment.

Chattanooga is also a rail hub for Norfolk Southern and CSX railroads.  Travel, transport and commerce by water, rail and road are essential to our lives and economy, but all the economic activity also brings traffic and congestion, which can lead to more wrecks, accidents and injuries.  This can be a volatile mix when combined with the high freight volume on tractor trailers traveling through or originating in the area.