Fatal Car Accidents in Texas
A shocking 79,000 innocent people have died in Texas car accidents since 2000, according to the Texas Department of Transportation. To put that into perspective, approximately 10 people per day have passed away in car wrecks across Texas over the past several years. And that dangerous trend continues across the country. In fact, a new report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration revealed that fatalities on roads in the first quarter of 2022 increased 20% since 2020, and have jumped 42% since 2011. That is scary to think about.
When a loved one passes away because of a car accident that could have been prevented, that is called wrongful death. If you have lost a spouse, parent, or child in car accident, call our compassionate and knowledgeable attorneys at The Button Law Firm at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form. You can let your mind rest knowing that we will handle your case with all the sympathy and understanding it deserves so that your loved one did not die in vain.
Common Causes of Fatal Car Wrecks
Driver behavior is among the top causes for serious car accidents and automobile-related fatalities in Texas in 2021, according to a recent report from the Texas Department of Transportation. This is simply unacceptable, because bad behavior while driving is easily preventable. The most common causes of fatal car wrecks include:
- Drunk driving or driving under the influence
- Distracted driving such as using a mobile phone or social media while behind the wheel
- Fatigue among 18-wheeler truck drivers
- Reckless driving, including running red lights and disregarding traffic signs
- Driving a vehicle that isn’t properly maintained
- Unqualified driver
In addition to drivers making poor decisions while driving, fatal accidents can be caused by unsafe road conditions. One example is when construction zones are not properly marked to give drivers adequate warnings so they can safely react or veer from road hazards.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?
The time following a tragic accident can feel overwhelming for survivors who are processing emotions, handling funeral arrangements, and trying to figure out life with a missing loved one. While filing a wrongful death claim may be the last thing on your mind, it is a necessary step to get justice and hold the responsible person or company accountable for taking a loved one’s life too soon. A claim can also help cover mounting expenses that result from the fatal accident.
In Texas, the deceased person’s survivors, such as a spouse, parents, or adult children, have a right to file a claim to seek compensation, also known as damages, and hold the negligent party accountable. Following a fatal car accident, survivors may be eligible for compensation to cover:
- Funeral expenses
- Medical expenses incurred prior to passing away
- Loss of consortium for family members, including a spouse, parent, and child (or Filal consortium)
- Loss of income
- Emotional damages such as pain and suffering
- Other unexpected costly fees
How The Button Law Firm Can Help Your Family After a Fatal Car Accident in Texas
While we cannot imagine what your family is experiencing after losing a loved one in a fatal car accident, our expert wrongful death attorneys will be your partner every step of the way. We will listen to you, answer your questions, and keep you updated on your case. And, we will even deal with the insurance companies so you don’t have to. All of our attorneys at The Button Law Firm are recognized on the prestigious Texas Super Lawyers list, and we will fight for you so that you can focus on your family during a difficult time. We have teams in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, so give us a call at 214-699-4409 or submit a contact form here for a free consultation on a wrongful death car accident claim.
Results and Success Stories
We are passionate about helping families in Texas, like yours, get justice after a fatal car accident. Here are just a few real-life ways we have helped our clients and their families move forward after losing a loved one in a car wreck on Texas roadways:
- Helping a Mourning Family After a Catastrophic Wreck
- Getting Justice After Losing Four Family Members in a Head-on Collision Caused by Sleepy Truck Driver
- The Button Law Firm Helps Family Get Justice After Teen Killed by Unqualified and Unsafe Truck Driver
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Frequently Asked Questions About Helping You After a Fatal Car Accident
Is there a time limit to file a claim?
People who have unexpectedly lost a loved one in a fatal car accident have two years to file a claim. There are some exceptions to this time limit, so contact our team of experts today at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form, and we can determine how the legal statutes impact your case.
How much does it cost to file a claim?
At The Button Law Firm, we don’t charge you or collect any upfront fees to get started on your case. We work on contingency. This way, you can focus on tending to your family following a tragic situation while we focus on advocating and fighting for you. Call us at 214-699-4409 or fill out a contact form to get started.
Who do you represent?
We advocate for adults and children in Texas who have been hurt in serious car accidents, as well as the family members of a loved one who has passed away from an accident. With attorneys in Dallas, Houston, and Midland, we are ready to help you and your family anywhere in the Lone Star State.
How can I file a claim?
Why should I work with The Button Law Firm?
We are dedicated to defending adults and children harmed in a serious accident. Our team is ready to listen to you, advocate for you, and help you hold negligent parties accountable. See what our past clients say about working with us to handle their legal matters.