Since the implementation of “stay at home” orders, and the closing of schools, and other businesses, essential workers made up the majority of traffic. Despite fewer people on the road, this hasn’t lead to fewer accidents as one might expect. Most Southern States have seen anywhere from 6% to over 23% increase in deadly car crashes. In Shelby County, Tennesee, there have been over 80 traffic fatalities alone, compared to only 49 during the same time last year. However, the entire U.S has seen a slight increase in fatal crashes.
The one factor contributing the most to these accidents is speeding and reckless driving. Because fewer cars are on the road, this makes it easier for other drivers to speed and drive recklessly. Those who already drive too fast on crowded roads are likely to drive even faster on empty ones. Insurance claims involving fatal car accidents are known as wrongful death claims. In these cases, the surviving family of the deceased must prove liability against the at-fault driver. Damages for wrongful death can include medical bills, pain and suffering, and even future earnings.
Spouses of the deceased may even claim loss of consortium damages. This includes the loss of companionship, affection, and other benefits married couples enjoy. In Texas, a wrongful death suit can be filed within two years from the date of death. It’s important to keep in mind that these suits are civil. They can be filed regardless of whether a person was pressed with criminal charges. Just because someone didn’t act criminally, doesn’t mean they weren’t negligent. You and your family deserve closure and compensation for the economic and non-economic damages you had to face as a result of your loved one’s death.
Wrongful Death in Texas
If you decide to file a wrongful death suit, its important to know there are requirements. In order to be eligible, you must be a surviving spouse, parent, or child of the deceased party. If you fall into those categories, you may be compensated for long-term survivors’ losses, like lost earning capacity, loss of household income, inheritance, and more. It’s best to consult with an attorney to see what would be appropriate for your case.
Contact The Law Giant Today for your wrongful death case
A Texas wrongful death case is a complex task. Allow the Begum Law Group to take care of this while you focus on recovering. We will fight for you to be compensated fairly for this damage, as well as other types of harm you have suffered as the result of someone else’s negligence. Contact us today at (866) 243-8068 to schedule a free, initial consultation of your case.