The victim was pronounced dead after being airlifted. The driver of the 18-wheeler is reported to have escaped uninjured. According to a local report, the cause of this crash and details surrounding it remain under investigation.
While workers toil to reconstruct the accident and determine what happened, the family of the 20-year-old is likely struggling to put the pieces of their life back together. While at this point there is no way of indicating liability or negligence in this case, if it is determined that the 18-wheeler was negligent and cause this accident, the family of the deceased motorcyclist could pursue a wrongful death claim.
While a successful claim would mean that the family would have funeral and burial expenses covered, it could also mean that they are compensated for their pain and suffering. While nothing will bring back their family member or fill in the hold in their hearts, compensation could offer some condolence by way of closure.
Source: AL.com, "20-year-old man killed in fatal car crash in Opelika on Tuesday," Amber Acker, Aug. 29, 2012
Our firm handles cases similar in nature to that detailed above. If the family of a fatal car accident victim would like more information, please visit our Alabama wrongful death page