Fatal car crashes claim the lives of thousands of people in Texas every year. These deaths leave families emotionally devastated, and facing a number of unforeseen financial challenges. We can help. The Austin wrongful death lawyers at FVF are here to get counsel family members who have lost a loved one because of the carelessness of another, and help them secure the financial recovery they need to help them put their lives back together.
To maximize your recovery following a fatal accident, it is your responsibility to prove who was legally responsible for the accident, and the full extent of the harms and losses you have suffered and will continue to suffer because of your loss in the fatal accident. While losing a loved one in a fatal accident seems like proof enough to maximize your recovery, it usually is not. Instead, there is generally a tremendous amount of work, time, and money that must be invested in the fatal accident case before your recovery will be maximized. With this investment, your fatal accident lawyer will investigate how the accident happened, identify any and all parties who caused or contributed to the accident, find the sources of recovery that will pay for your compensation, and help you formally prove the full extent of your loss. Doing this the right way can take more than a year.
The Austin fatal accident lawyers at FVF have more than 70 years’ combined experience with cases involving fatalities. We will make sure you are well-informed about your rights and options, and will work with you to customize a strategy that will ensure your questions are always answered and your goals always met.
If you have lost a loved one in a fatal car accident, you might wonder whether it is worth filing a legal claim for compensation. That is up to you, but it is important to at least understand what the law allows you to recover in the event you assert a wrongful death claim. If you have legal standing to assert a wrongful death claim as the surviving spouse, child, or parent, you can seek compensation for:
Fully developing and proving these wrongful death losses can be very complicated. It often involves gathering significant financial records and interviewing friends in family. The only way to maximize your recovery in a wrongful death case is to fully explore and prove these losses. The Austin fatal accident lawyers at FVF have the resources and experience to do this the right way.
Texas law limits the people who have “legal standing,” or the right to assert a claim, in a wrongful death case. Only the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the person killed can seek compensation for the emotional and financial losses. Unfortunately, close friends and other family members, such as siblings or partners, cannot assert a wrongful death claim.
In addition to a wrongful death claim, the estate of the person killed in the fatal accident can assert a “survival” claim, which provides an opportunity to seek compensation for the losses sustained by the person who was killed for what they went through after the accident occurred, but before they died. In order to bring a survival claim, usually an estate needs to be created. FVF can help make this happen.
Even though the Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) reported a decline in traffic fatalities in 2018, there were still 3,567 deaths on Texas roads. The number of car accident deaths has increased tremendously – about 25 percent – from the number of fatal accidents in 2010. To put things in perspective, this means there were 9.7 traffic deaths every single day in 2018 in Texas alone. TxDOT also notes that the last day the state of Texas saw no traffic deaths was November 7, 2000.
This means thousands of Texans lose their family members to wrongful death car accidents each year. Beyond the emotional trauma a sudden, unexpected traffic fatality can have on a family, many of these fatal accidents cause the family to lose a source of income, which can cause substantial and immediate financial hardship.
While criminal cases against the party who caused the accident may bring some measure of justice, the results don’t do much to fulfill the needs of the family of the person who was killed. Instead, the family must assert their claims in a civil case, known as a wrongful death case, in order to seek compensation for the financial and emotional losses caused by the fatal accident. FVF knows how to investigate and develop a case to make sure this compensation is maximized, while the needs of the family are met.
There are many common causes for fatal car accidents that lead to wrongful death. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, the most common causes include:
The wrongful death lawyers at FVF have more than 70 years’ combined experience helping victims of fatal accidents understand their rights and options, and recover compensation to help them start putting the pieces back together after a tragedy. We understand how to identify all parties who contributed to the wrongful death, uncover all available sources of recovery, prove the extent of the emotional and financial loss, counsel the family members through the difficult legal process and, ultimately, maximize their recovery for their wrongful death claim.
We are committed to assisting Austin families through one of the most difficult experiences they will ever endure. There is no good reason to go through this alone, and consulting with an expert to learn your rights and options is absolutely in your best interest. Our Austin fatal accident lawyers are well-regarded for our skill as counselors, advocates, and trial attorneys, and our clients acknowledge our firm for the compassionate and caring way we represent the families who have suffered a devastating loss.
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