Fatal Truck Accidents
An experienced attorney can advocate for your family
The accidental death of a loved one is always difficult under any circumstances. Suddenly, your family’s world changes forever without warning. Unfortunately, far too many truck accidents in Texas result in such tragic situations.
When fatal truck accidents occur, money is often the last thing on your mind. Coby L. Wooten, Attorney At Law P.C. of Fort Worth understands this. When our truck accident lawyers represent grieving families, our primary goal is to pursue justice on your family’s behalf. Obtaining the financial compensation your family deserves is only part of that process.
Understanding wrongful death claims in Texas
After a fatal truck accident, you have the right to file a wrongful death claim in civil court against the negligent party responsible for the death, which is usually the trucking company. This is distinct from any criminal charges, such as vehicular homicide or manslaughter, that may be brought by the State of Texas against the truck driver.
Under Texas law, the surviving spouse, children and parents of the person who died have the right to file a wrongful death claim. In some instances, the personal representative of the estate can also file a claim. A successful claim may include financial compensation for:
- Medical expenses
- Burial expenses
- Loss of future earnings
- Loss of care, maintenance and other services provided by the deceased person
- Loss of companionship, comfort, love and society
If the conduct that led to your loved one’s death was especially egregious, we may also be able to pursue “exemplary damages” – called “punitive damages” in some other states – which are intended to punish the trucking company for their willful or grossly negligent actions.
Calling an attorney can be an important step
At some point, you will want answers: what happened, why it happened, etc. No amount of financial compensation can ever truly make up for the loss of a loved one. But for many families, seeking this compensation is an important step forward. Recovering money from the trucking company may allow you to stay home and take care of your children after the loss of their primary caregiver, while maintaining the same quality of life you had before your loved one’s passing. Moreover, recovering damages provides a measure of justice and accountability that many families find helps them move forward with their lives.
Our legal team investigates your loved one’s accident to get the facts. We know where to look for evidence that a trucker was speeding or failed to yield the right of way. A trucking company may have failed to properly maintain a semi-truck. Or an 18-wheeler needed repairs that were never made.
Trucking companies and their insurance companies often fight wrongful death claims aggressively. They know there’s a lot of money at stake and they will go to great lengths to reduce the amount of compensation they must pay.
We believe they should pay the amount of compensation you deserve for the loss of your loved one. Our attorneys are dedicated to getting the best possible outcome, whether that comes from a negotiated settlement or a jury verdict.
An experienced law firm with a record of results
Under Texas law, the statute of limitations for taking legal action after a fatal truck accident is two years. That sounds like plenty of time. But we encourage you to get legal advice as soon as possible. It can take several months to gather the evidence needed to build a strong case. As time goes by, valuable evidence can be lost or destroyed and witnesses can forget important details.
When you are represented by our firm, you can expect compassionate and determined representation from an experienced truck accident lawyer. You can expect us to guide you through the legal process every step of the way and keep you informed about any progress. And you can expect us to promptly return your phone calls if you ever have questions.
There are no case managers here. A lawyer will personally handle your case.
Our firm works on a contingency fee basis. That means you owe us nothing unless we recover compensation for you. We pay all the expenses to move your case through the justice system. We don’t get paid until we win.
The last thing you want to do after a fatal truck accident is deal with an insurance company. Let Coby Wooten take care of your legal claim so you can focus on mourning your loved one’s passing and being there for your family. We offer more than 30 years of legal experience. Your initial consultation is absolutely free and confidential, and there is no obligation. We just want to help you understand your legal rights and options. Contact us online or call 866-408-0940.