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 we 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.
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. 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.