Compassionate advocates help families obtain rightful compensation.
For nearly 30 years, we have represented families who’ve lost loved ones in fatal car accidents. Any automobile accident can pose a threat to the lives of the drivers and passengers involved. While some crashes are unavoidable, others result from driver negligence and could have been avoided with responsible driving. When a fatal car crash takes your family member’s life, and the accident was preventable or resulted from negligence or recklessness, it makes the loss even more tragic. In these cases, our law firm can help you and your family file a wrongful death lawsuit to obtain compensation for the financial losses and emotional damages you suffer due to the fatality.
When driver negligence leads to a fatality
Car accidents and other motor vehicle collisions kill tens of thousands of Americans every year. In fact, according to the National Safety Council, in 2018, an estimated 40,000 people lost their lives to car crashes – a 1% decline from 2017 (40,231 deaths) and 2016 (40,327 deaths). About 4.5 million people were seriously injured in crashes last year – also a 1% decrease over 2017. In the same year, in Texas alone, 3,567 individuals were killed in fatal crashes.
There are countless examples of driver negligence that could lead to the death of your loved one in a fatal car accident. The most common include the following:
Driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs
Texting while driving
Using other electronics, such as tablets, cellphones or GPS devices
Disregard for traffic lights and signs
Other reckless behavior
Why pursue compensation?
Of course, no amount of money can truly replace what you lose in a fatal auto accident. So why seek compensation at all? With help from a trusted attorney, you can hold negligent parties accountable for their actions and obtain compensation for the very real financial effects of losing a loved one in a deadly crash. Your settlement or award in a wrongful death case takes into account the following:
Funeral and burial costs
Loss of future family income
Loss of companionship, care, services, protection and assistance
Repair or replacement of damaged property
Punitive damages in cases of gross negligence or criminal recklessness