That’s a scary statistic, one that should worry all of us. Yet, at the end of the day, it’s a number on a page. What that statistic doesn’t quite capture is that each one of the deceased individuals was somebody’s son, daughter, brother, parent or spouse. For every one of those deaths, there are family members, friends and coworkers whose lives are dramatically affected.
These crashes typically have two things in common. They are usually unintentional, meaning they are not done on purpose. They are also almost always the result of human error, meaning that they are caused by a driver’s mistake, carelessness or negligence.
In the legal field, deaths caused by negligence are referred to as wrongful death cases. A wrongful death claim is often filed by the survivors of a victim to seek compensation for the incredible losses they have suffered. At Guajardo & Marks, we have handled several of these cases, and we can tell you that while nothing will ever replace the loss suffered by family members, these claims can offer survivors some form of justice and provide significant assistance for the devastating financial and emotional burdens that so often occur in the wake of a fatal vehicle accident.
Causes of Fatal Vehicle Crashes
Negligent drivers come in many forms. Sometimes, a driver is intoxicated and makes a fateful decision to get behind the wheel after a few too many drinks. In some cases, it is a simple glance at a cell phone that leads to a deadly auto accident. Here are a just a few examples of the common causes of deaths in vehicle accidents:
- Drunk driving
- Distracted driving
- Reckless driving (including speeding, failure to yield at a traffic light, improper changing of lanes, etc.)
- Failure to adjust driving to the conditions of the road (such as heavy traffic or hazardous weather)
- Defective vehicle parts.
Where Fatal Crashes Happen
Some of the deadliest crashes occur on congested roads, many of which have higher speed limits. These roads include I-635, Highway 366, I-75, and I-35 E. These major roads and the many intersections, entrance ramps and exit ramps that connect them can all be dangerous for drivers. But fatal crashes can also happen on rural roads and small city streets.
The Impact of Vehicle Fatalities on Families and Loved Ones
When a vehicle crash or collision causes a death, it can affect so many people in immeasurable ways. Family members, friends, coworkers, neighbors – everyone can feel the loss and grieve in their own unique ways. Unfortunately, in addition to the pain, suffering, depression and anxiety that comes with the loss of a loved one, there are also major financial setbacks, including outstanding medical bills, property damage, loss of income, loss of support for children, funeral bills, burial costs and other end-of-life costs. The financial burden carried after the loss of a family member hits people when they are at their most vulnerable and in the greatest need of help.
How Guajardo & Marks Can Help
After years of handling wrongful death cases, we understand that our role is more than just representing clients in a legal procedure. It is our job to find out just how deeply a loss affects friends and family members. We spend time with our clients and provide them assistance in every possible area to help them cope with their loss. The value of a human life is impossible to quantify in terms of dollars and cents. Our firm seeks to gain a deeper understanding of how a person impacted those around them and what their absence means for everyone their life has touched.
If you have lost a loved one because of a negligent driver, call Guajardo & Marks. We fight for our clients to make sure they are treated fairly and that they receive compensation that reflects the incredible losses they have suffered. We offer free consultations and earn no fee unless we win your case.