Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP Can Help
Losing a loved one in a motorcycle accident can be devastating. Families of deceased motorcycle accident victims not only deal with the overwhelming grief of the tragedy, but also with the financial strain relating to sudden expenses such as funeral and burial costs, and the loss of income and benefits.
If your loved one’s fatal motorcycle crash was caused by someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing, you may be entitled to receive monetary compensation for your significant losses. The experienced Dallas wrongful death lawyers at Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP can help you better understand your legal rights and options. Call us to find out how we can help you.
What Constitutes Wrongful Death in Dallas?
All deaths are tragic to the family and friends of a deceased victim, but not all deaths qualify for wrongful death claims. “Wrongful death,” in a fatal motorcycle accident means the crash happened because of another’s negligence or wrongdoing. Here are a few examples of motorcycle accidents that could result in a wrongful death claim:
- A motorist hitting a motorcyclist while driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.
- A driver causes a fatal motorcycle accident while driving distracted or fatigued.
- A driver makes a dangerous left turn or illegal U-turn at a street intersection.
- A driver makes an unsafe lane change and hits a motorcyclist.
- A driver collides with a motorcyclist while speeding, running a red light or stop sign, or breaking other rules of the road.
Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim in Texas?
A wrongful death claim is a lawsuit filed in a civil court. These claims may be filed regardless of whether criminal charges are filed against the driver involved in the fatal motorcycle crash. In a criminal case, the at-fault driver could be punished with jail time, probation or fines. But, criminal decisions DO NOT provide monetary compensation for struggling families.
A wrongful death case can be filed by an immediate family member of the victim, such as a spouse, child, parent or partner. Anyone who was financially dependent on the victim may also file a claim. Anyone filing a claim must be able to prove that they have suffered financial and emotional damages because of your family member’s death and that the actions of the person or company you are suing directly caused your loved one’s death.
Wrongful Death Damages in Dallas
Damages in a motorcycle accident wrongful death claim may include financial losses including: the loss of the decedent’s income, earning capacity and the value of care, maintenance, services, and support the victim would have provided their family members. In addition, the victim’s family may also seek support for pain and suffering, mental anguish, the loss of benefits and inheritance, and income the victim would have earned had they lived a normal lifetime. Damages may be sought in a wrongful death claim when the victim’s death was caused by the defendant’s willful act or gross negligence.
The experienced Dallas motorcycle accident lawyers at Crowe Arnold & Majors, LLP work hard to secure maximum compensation for families that have tragically lost loved ones because of someone else’s negligence or wrongdoing. Contact us at (214) 231-0555 for a free consultation and comprehensive case evaluation.