The family of an East Dubuque, Illinois woman who was killed in a three-vehicle pileup on Halloween has filed a wrongful-death lawsuit. Tabitha Carroll, her husband and son were stopped in traffic when their Ford truck was hit from behind by a semi-truck and pushed forward into a dump truck. A subsequent investigation determined that the driver of the semi-truck was under the influence of marijuana at the time of the truck accident. The investigation also revealed that half of the truck’s brakes were deemed faulty.
Had this tragic truck accident occurred in Alabama the proper party to bring a wrongful death lawsuit would be the personal representative of the estate. Alabama’s wrongful death law is unlike any other, in that it only permits recovery for punitive damages and denies any recovery for compensatory damages. Thus, Alabama’s wrongful death statute is setup to punish the wrongdoer, not to compensate the family for economic losses.
Wrongful death cases can arise in a variety of circumstances, including car accidents, truck accidents, defective products (products liability), as well as other situations where an individual dies as the result of someone else’s negligent and/or wanton conduct.
To speak with an experienced and dedicated Alabama Wrongful Death Attorney, call the lawyers at Martinson and Beason, P.C. for a free wrongful death consult. Call 1-800-255-6534.