In some circumstances, what may seem like an unfortunate everyday occurrence, a Texas car accident, can result in the loss of a loved one. It is important for surviving family members of victims of fatal car accidents to be familiar with the legal resources and protections available to them when they have suffered the wrongful loss of a loved one in a car accident.
A wrongful death claim for damages is a type of claim that is brought on by the estate of the loved one killed in the car accident for the benefit of surviving family members. In the wake of a fatal car accident, surviving family members may unexpectedly find themselves facing emotional and financial challenges they never dreamed they would have to face. All at once, their lives can change in an instant and a wrongful death claim for damages may be able to help them with their financial and emotional damages.
Following a fatal accident, a wrongful death claim for damages can be brought against a negligent driver responsible for causing the fatal car accident. Surviving family members may be able to recover compensation for their damages, including loss of support and services; loss of consortium; lost prospect of inheritance; and other damages as well, including medical and funeral expenses. Damages that may be available in a wrongful death situation depend on the circumstances and characteristics of the victim.
Each loss is unique and unexpectedly losing a loved one in a car accident can be devastating for family members. As a result, they should be familiar with the legal remedies available to them and how they may be able to help, at least somewhat, with the difficulties they are facing.