Losing someone you love is always difficult. Losing a loved one because of another person’s negligence can make the loss much more difficult to endure. If your family lost one of its members in a local car accident, our McKinney fatal car accident lawyer will build a case for financial recovery.
At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC®, your family has our condolences and our commitment to pursue damages for your family. We can help identify the at-fault driver and handle all communications and negotiations with their insurance company. We work hard to ensure your family’s case receives the attention it deserves, an accurate monetary value, and the best possible outcome.
Car Accident Fatalities in Texas
According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TXDOT), in the year of 2021, there were 4,489 car accident fatalities in the sState in 2021. These fatal accidents had an economic impact of $51,400,000,000. Three of these crashes happened in McKinney.
Vehicles involved in these fatal accidents include passenger sedans, SUVs, and small and large trucks. Understanding local and statewide statistics can help monitor accidents and aid in research that helps prevent future collisions. When your family suffers a loss in a fatal car accident, we work hard to build your case while you focus on honoring your loved one’s memory.
Causes of Fatal Collisions in Texas
The TXDOT identified the types of car accidents that lead to fatalities. Their recent research indicates the following causes:
- Distracted driving
- Unsafe lane changes
- Vehicle defects
- Faulty vehicle brakes
- Disobeying traffic rules
- Failure to yield
- Improper passing
- Road rage
- Intoxicated driving
- Wrong way collisions
We investigate the cause of the accident that cost your family so dearly to prove the at-fault driver disobeyed the rules of the road or otherwise acted in a reckless or careless manner in causing the collision. Uncovering the accident’s cause allows us to identify the negligent driver and fight for your family’s rights.
Our Law Firm Conducts a Comprehensive Investigation of Fatal Car Accidents
Recovering damages for you means understanding the cause of the accident. To build your case file, our personal injury lawyers will:
- Locate and interview witnesses
- Consult an accident reconstructionist
- Search for photos and videos
- Read and review your police report
Texas’ rules of the road are designed to keep all drivers safe and secure. When a driver disregards these rules, accidents can happen, some of which can lead to fatalities. When our law firm handles your case, we start with a free case review so we can start understanding what happened and determine the best way to help your family.
How Texas Defines Wrongful Death
Texas law defines wrongful death as one that results from another party’s negligence. To prove they were negligent, we can help collect the following evidence to support your case:
- Your official car accident report will document the accident’s causes and contributing factors;
- Your loved one’s medical records and death certificate will note their injuries and cause of death; and
- Statements from lay witnesses about their recollections and from expert witnesses about the accident.
We do more than collect evidence that backs up your family’s right to recovery. We also organize and submit your evidence to the at-fault party. We take this responsibility seriously because we understand how the weight of the evidence can impact your case and lead it toward a settlement versus a lengthy and uncertain trial.
Financial Damages Your Family Can Seek After a McKinney Fatal Car Accident
The unexpected loss of a loved one will leave your family with immediate and long-term financial expenses and losses. At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC®, we work hard to recover the following types of wrongful death damages for you:
- Costs of your loved one’s final arrangements
- Loss of the decedent’s anticipated earnings
- Survivors’ pain and suffering
- Loss of parental guidance and support
- Loss of consortium and companionship
- Punitive damages, though rarely awarded
You do not have to assess your damages on your own. Our fatal car accident lawyer serving families in McKinney will assess them for you and ensure their accuracy prior to the start of settlement talks.
Your Family Has a Limited Time to Pursue the At-Fault Driver
It can take time for your family to recover from the devastation of your loss. You deserve time to cope with your loss and to navigate the grief process. While you do, our McKinney fatal car accident attorney will start preparing your case.
We act quickly on your behalf because Texas law limits the time you have to file a lawsuit in the event your case cannot be settled without one. Accordingly, you generally have up to two years from the date of your loved one’s demise to file your lawsuit.
If your case is not filed on time, you could be prohibited from filing it at all, and your family will have no legal recourse that compels the at-fault driver to compensate you. When you trust us with your case, we will not let that happen. Our legal team will ensure your potential lawsuit is filed within the allotted time.
Who Is Legally Entitled to Recover Damages
The loss of a loved one is felt by every family member, friend, and loved one. The Sstate only allows specific family members to file a wrongful death action. According to Texas law, the following family members generally qualify to pursue financial recovery:
- The decedent’s spouse
- The decedent’s parents
- The decedent’s children
Many factors can determine who can pursue damages, including the decedent’s marital status. We will explain how the Sstate determines hierarchy in fatal car accident cases and clarify who should take action on behalf of your family.
Our McKinney Fatal Car Accident Attorneys Can Fight for Your Family
If your family lost a loved one in a car accident in McKinney, our fatal car accident lawyer will work hard to prove your right to recover damages. At D. Miller & Associates, PLLC®, we evaluate your case at no cost.
Your family is a priority for our team, and we never stop fighting for you. Start by getting your free case evaluation by contacting one of our team members today.