Although the victims were all young women who had their whole lives ahead of them, they have now become part of a tragic statistic. According to Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics for 2013, nearly 1,100 people were killed in motor vehicle traffic crashes which involved alcohol. This number accounts for almost one-third of the overall number of motor vehicle traffic deaths.
As with the accident that claimed the lives of these three young women, more alcohol-related crashes were reported between 2:00 am and 2:59 am than any other hour of the day during 2013, the most recent year for which statistics are available.
Although the overall number of Texas motor vehicle traffic fatalities fell by about 1% between 2012 and 2013, there are still far too many fatal and serious injury accidents on the highways. Even though a financial settlement cannot bring a loved one back, the law does provide for legal actions that can help those left behind pay medical and funeral bills and help replace lost income that the deceased person would have used to provide for his or her family.
Remedies Available in Fatal Accident Cases
Regardless of whether a traffic death is caused by a simple act of negligence or a criminal activity such as driving while under the influence of drugs or alcohol, Texas law allows the deceased person's family to bring two types of lawsuits. First, there is a survival action aimed at pursuing the compensation that would have been due to the deceased person had he or she survived the accident, including medical bills, pain and suffering, and lost wages. By statute, certain family members may also sue in their own right for the wrongful death of their loved one. In cases involving particularly egregious conduct, such as drunk driving, the family may be entitled to pursue punitive damages too.
Hiring an Attorney for Wrongful Death Accidents
If you have lost a family member in a car accident, truck accident, or motorcycle accident caused by the negligence of another person, you should contact an attorney as soon as possible after the accident to discuss your rights. Since so much is at stake in these cases, you can bet that the insurance company will have someone out investigating the scene and interviewing witnesses as soon as possible. The family of the deceased person should have their own representative looking out for their interests early on as well.
An assertive auto accident attorney will be able to take photographs of the scene and interview witnesses as part of the investigative process. This is very important because scenes can change and memories can fade over time.
If you have lost a family member as a result of a car accident, you may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit. Call the attorneys of Godsey Martin to discuss the details of your loved one's tragic accident.
A compassionate, dedicated attorney will set up an initial consultation appointment at no charge to you. In many cases, we are paid on a contingency fee basis, meaning you don't owe us any legal fees until your case is settled.
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