The nation’s highways, including those in Texas, are busy thoroughfares where hundreds of thousands come and go each day. While most motorists typically operate their vehicles according to the utmost level of caution and safety regulations, there are some whose negligence leads to accidents, resulting in injury to themselves or others. In a worst-case situation, what begins as an uneventful traverse from point A to point B suddenly turns to tragedy when a fatal accident occurs and lives are forever changed.

Anyone who has suffered the untimely death of a loved one in a car accident understands that grief and sorrow abound in its aftermath. Many times, family members are looking for answers as to how or why a collision occurred that has left them mourning their spouse’s, parent’s or child’s death. Such an event carries immediate and long-lasting suffering for those who are left to lay their loved one to rest.

While there is no replacement for a human life lost, it might comfort a grieving family to know that, in cases where an accident is deemed to have been caused by the negligence of another party, they have recourse through the legal system to seek compensation for damages on behalf of their deceased family member. In a recent case, it appears that a 32-year-old man fell asleep while driving a pickup truck, resulting in an accident that a passenger in the vehicle did not survive. Under similar circumstances, an immediate family member might choose to file a wrongful death claim in a civil court. In a successfully litigated case, a compensatory award could be used to help offset funeral costs, any medical care that might have been rendered before a victim succumbed to his or her injuries, or other expenses associated with the accident.

Those considering filing a claim after a fatal accident, or those who have survived their injuries who wish to act on their own behalves in court, might first want to consult with an experienced legal professional before proceeding. Doing so would allow a legal advocate to investigate the details of a crash so as to provide information about what types of damages may be claimed, as well as the maximum possible compensation that may be sought. In Texas and all other states, this type of legal help is available for those facing such circumstances.

Source: kiiitv.com, “DPS Investigates Fatal Accident Outside Woodsboro”, Oct. 6, 2015