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Wrongful death lawsuit filed in fatal California truck accident

It can be difficult for family members to make the decision to file a wrongful death lawsuit in the wake of a fatal California accident. However, sometimes it is the right decision to make in order to seek an additional level of justice for a loved one whose life has been cut short. A wrongful death lawsuit can also help cover the final expenses of someone who has been killed in a fatal truck accident and can help provide financially for dependents that have been left behind.

One California family recently filed a wrongful death lawsuit after an off-duty police officer perished in a fatal truck accident. The slain officer left behind a wife and an infant daughter whose interests are being represented in the civil action. The suit is requesting reimbursement to cover the funeral and burial expenses along with the financial damages that are expected as a result of the loss of income from the man's untimely death. In addition, the lawsuit is asking for punitive damages to be awarded in the case.

The fatal accident occurred after the police officer stopped in a construction zone due to the presence of a Caltrans worker. While the man was stopped, a tractor-trailer plowed into the rear of the vehicle that he was driving. The lawsuit lists as defendants the truck driver and his employer along with the California Department of Transportation and companies that are related to both.

The wrongful death lawsuit also claims that the truck accident occurred because the tractor-trailer was being operated in a reckless and negligent manner. It alleges that the man was driving while distracted, fatigued or impaired in some other manner and also states that the trailer had not been properly loaded. While this lawsuit will not bring back the man who has lost his life, it could provide some financial comfort for the family as they mourn the loss.

Source: The Modesto Bee, "Family files lawsuit in crash that killed off-duty Oakdale police officer," Erin Tracy, Feb. 21, 2013

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