Dallas Fatal Car Accident Lawyer
Car wrecks claim the lives of thousands of innocent drivers every year, leaving families emotionally devastated and facing unforeseen financial challenges.
The wrongful death lawyers at Guajardo & Marks are dedicated to helping families through this difficult time. Our lawyers have helped numerous families from the Dallas and Fort Worth areas pursue the financial security they need in the aftermath of a fatal auto accident.
Below are some of the most common types of fatal car accidents.
Motor Vehicle Defects
Although some form of driver negligence—such as drunk driving or distracted driving—is often to blame for fatal car accidents, motor vehicle defects and faulty components can also contribute to deadly car wrecks. In turn, some types of motor vehicle flaws, like defective tires that blow out while the car is in use, can result in rollover accidents in which the risk of catastrophic injury or death is heightened.
These serious and often fatal car accidents happen when one car slams into the one in front of it. A rear-end crash can be caused by the sudden braking of the car in front, or by the car behind accelerating faster than the car in front. Injuries to occupants in the front vehicle are often the worst and can be fatal. Even a rear-end crash at a low spend under 20 mph can cause serious injuries. The driver in the rear is usually to blame for not stopping in time. Following too closely and distracted driving are common causes. Rear-end crashes constitute five percent of all crash deaths each year.
A side-impact crash is also known as a T-bone collision. It occurs when the side of the car is hit by the front or rear of another vehicle. Serious vehicle damage and serious or fatal injury is common for the car being struck. This is because the side of the vehicle does not have as much impact-absorbing material as the front and back of the car.
These accidents happen when the sides of two parallel cars touch each other when going in either the same or opposite directions. While these accidents may not cause serious injury in and of themselves, one or both of the drivers may lose control, run off the road and flip or hit an immovable object, leading to a fatal accident.
A vehicle rollover happens when the car flips onto the side or roof. Rollovers often happen at high speed on a curve or turn. All vehicles can roll over, but SUVs and trucks with a higher center of gravity are especially vulnerable. Vehicle rollovers often lead to fatal injuries, especially if vehicle occupants are not wearing seatbelts and are thrown through the window or windshield. The roof also may collapse and lead to a very serious or fatal injury.
Rollovers are considered the worst in terms of serious injuries, according to federal statistics. NHTSA data states that in 2004 rollovers, 12% of vehicle occupants suffered a serious injury.
This serious car accident is rare but is the deadliest due to the high speeds involved. If both vehicles are traveling at 30 mph in the opposite direction and hit head on, the speed of impact is an often-lethal 60 mph.
Fatal Car Accident Legal Options in Dallas
If you lose a loved one in a fatal car accident due to the negligence of another driver, you may be able to do one or more of the following:
- File a claim with the insurance company of the at-fault driver
- File a wrongful death claim against the at-fault driver
- File a wrongful death claim against the insurance company of the at-fault driver
- File a wrongful death claim against the manufacturer of the vehicle of either the at-fault driver or that of your loved one
We Can Help
Our lawyers have extensive experience in auto accident cases, and we know that insurance company settlement offers may be inadequate for your needs. We have the knowledge, resources and tenacity to fight for you in court when settlement offers are unfair.
If you believe a family member’s death was caused by the negligence of another, please contact Guajardo & Marks online or give us a call to schedule your free consultation. We are here to help you with your case and ensure that you get the compensation you deserve.