Houston Fatal Car Accident Attorneys
There are few experiences as difficult and life changing as losing a loved one in a fatal car accident. In addition to grieving a sudden monumental loss, the victim’s family faces a host of other challenges, including potentially devastating financial consequences.
If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, first accept our sincerest condolences. From our experience representing the victims of fatal car accidents, we understand the hardship and challenges you face. This same knowledge and experience equip us to fight for the victims of fatal car accidents, to hold the responsible parties accountable and to obtain economic compensation for the victims’ losses.
While no amount of money will ever replace your loved one, holding the wrongdoer accountable does two important things: (1) it provides you with some monetary compensation that can help you with the financial challenges that come with the death of your loved one, and (2) it discourages others from engaging in similar acts of negligence, thereby helping to make a safer, better society.
Car Accident Statistics
Texas has 313,000 miles of public roads, the most of any state in the United States. Unfortunately, this means that Texas has a high number of traffic accidents. In fact, Texas leads the nation in the number of fatal traffic accidents per year with around 3,500 killed.
Texas also has the highest number of alcohol-related collisions and tractor trailer accidents. Accidents involving large commercial vehicles are more dangerous than those involving passenger vehicles because of the increased weight and size of these trucks combined with their decreased maneuverability. Truck accidents are much more likely to be fatal, especially for the occupants of any smaller cars that are involved.
Negligence and Fatal Accidents
Many factors contribute to a fatal traffic accident. These include alcohol, weather, road conditions, maintenance or structural issues, driver fatigue, and, in the case of commercial truck drivers, lack of proper training.
Negligence on the road takes many forms:
- Distracted driving, such as texting, using social media, talking on the phone or taking photos or videos while driving;
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol, including marijuana, sleep medications and prescription, or over the counter medications that may affect driving;
- Aggressive driving and road rage;
- Reckless driving, such as speeding, running stop signs and lights, unsafe passing and more; and,
- Drowsy driving and falling asleep at the wheel.
Fatal car accidents are investigated first by law enforcement agencies. The investigating officer will examine the scene, take statements from the persons involved and witnesses, if any, and form a conclusion as to fault for the collision. This information, together with photographs and videos (including officer body-cam footage) and the testimony of the parties can then be evaluated by accident reconstruction and biomechanical experts.
In cases involving an accident with a commercial or company vehicle, the responsibility can lie with or be shared by someone other than the driver, such as the company or individual that owns, schedules, loads, maintains or repairs the commercial vehicle. This is why a full investigation into the cause of the accident is crucial to support a wrongful death claim after a fatal traffic accident.
Potential Damages in Wrongful Death Cases
In Texas, there are generally two kinds of causes of action that can be brought when a person dies as a result of negligence. One is a wrongful death claim, which is brought by the spouse, parent, or child of the deceased. The money awarded to the family members in a wrongful death case after a fatal car accident comes in the form of actual damages and, in the case of gross negligence, punitive or exemplary damages. Typical actual damages in a wrongful death claim include loss of consortium, loss of services, and loss of companionship and society.
The other kind of cause of action that can be brought when a person dies as a result of negligence is a “survival” action. It is named this way because it is a claim that belongs to the deceased and “survives” their death. In other words, the estate of the deceased itself, through a proper representative, sues for compensation for damage elements such as the medical expenses, physical pain, physical impairment and mental anguish that the deceased suffered as a result of the negligence but before death. The estate may also sue for funeral expenses.
It is important to consult an attorney with experience in fatal car accident cases before accepting any offer or signing any document from an insurance company. The family is often entitled to more than insurance companies will initially offer.
Contact The de la Garza Law Group to Speak With a Fatal Car Accident Attorney
Fatal car accidents happen every day, tragically ending lives and forever damaging the lives of the surviving family. At The de la Garza Law Group, we represent clients who have lost loved ones in catastrophic car accidents. Our team of attorneys provides clients with personalized representation. At The de la Garza Law Group, every case is personal. We take the time to get to know each client and how the accident has impacted their life.
Our team of committed Houston personal injury lawyers is dedicated to helping clients obtain compensation for their injuries. We aggressively pursue compensation for your injuries in both settlement negotiations and at trial. If you have lost a loved one in a fatal vehicle collision, contact The de la Garza Law Group today. We offer all clients a free, no-obligation consultation in which we will provide an honest and thorough assessment of your case. To learn more, call 713-784-1010, or call toll-free at 844-784-1010.
We proudly represent clients throughout Texas, including all major metropolitan areas. We represent many clients throughout the greater Houston area, including Harris County, Fort Bend County, Galveston County, Brazoria County, Jefferson County, Chambers County, Waller County, and Montgomery County, including The Woodlands, Pearland, Pasadena, Baytown, Clear Lake, Galveston, Conroe and Sugar Land. We represent clients from all major metropolitan areas in Texas, including Dallas, San Antonio, Austin, El Paso and the Rio Grande Valley.
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