Katy Fatal Car Accident Attorney
If you lost a loved one in a fatal car crash, we understand your pain. We have helped many clients get through this trying time in an effort to create a more stable financial future for parents, children, and spouses who have lost someone they love. Here at The West Law Office, our Katy fatal car accident attorneys will hold the at-fault party responsible for what they have done.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Lawsuit in Texas?
The following people can file a wrongful death claim in Texas:
- Parents of the victim;
- Children of the victim; and
- Spouse of the victim.
More than one party can file a wrongful death lawsuit. For example, if you are a spouse, you can file in addition to your deceased spouse’s parents. Often, multiple parties bring a lawsuit together, or a single party will file on behalf of the others.
However, children who were adopted cannot file a claim on behalf of their biological parent’s death, while adopted children can file on behalf of their adopted parents.
Damages in a Katy Fatal Car Accident Claim
Damages in a wrongful death lawsuit can include the following:
- Medical expenses;
- Pain and suffering of the victim;
- Property damage;
- Lost lifetime income of the victim;
- Loss of consortium—support, companionship, and advice that the victim would have provided; and
- Emotional distress / mental anguish of the plaintiff.
Proving Fault in a Katy Fatal Car Accident
As with any personal injury or wrongful death claim, you must be able to prove that the negligent party in question was, indeed, at fault. This may be simple in some cases. The police may have already completed an official accident report, stating your loved one’s innocence and the negligent party’s fault. If the report has not yet been completed, or it is inconclusive or casts doubt about who caused the crash, an attorney may prove essential by conducting further investigation, then holding the at-fault party’s insurance company accountable. Make no mistake, the other party and their insurer will do whatever it takes to devalue your claim or even bend the truth in an attempt to decrease liability.
Most Dangerous Types of Kat Car Crashes
A fatality can happen in any type of collision. Even slow-speed rear-enders can cause a death, particularly when the victim’s vehicle is small, and the negligent driver’s vehicle is much larger. However, the following types of crashes tend to cause the most fatalities:
- High speed crashes caused by drunk drivers;
- Rollover collisions;
- High speed T-bone crashes;
- Wrong way collisions, in which the negligent driver hits the victim head-on;
- Hit and run crashes in which the negligent driver flees the scene and does not contact emergency services to help save the victim;
- Collisions in which one vehicle is much larger or taller than the other.
Contact a Katy Fatal Car Accident Attorney Today
While there is no amount of money capable of bringing your loved one back, you can take measures to protect yourself financially, and in doing so create some small semblance of justice; sadly, the criminal justice system does little to penalize homicides caused by negligent drivers. Call the Katy fatal car accident attorneys at The West Law Office today at 283-347-3247 to schedule a free consultation.