According to the Texas Department of Transportation, approximately 10 people die every day in motor vehicle accidents across the state. Experiencing the death of a loved one in a car accident is an indescribably difficult event. In Texas, the law recognizes the devastating impacts this can have on family members and provides avenues for seeking compensation. While no amount of money can bring back your loved one, financial relief can help ease the burdens associated with your loss.
This compensation, often referred to as damages, comes in various forms. Each type aims to address different aspects of the loss you have suffered.
The first category of damages you may receive is for economic losses. These are specific, measurable monetary losses resulting from your loved one’s death. They can include funeral and burial expenses, medical costs incurred before death and loss of your loved one’s expected income.
Non-economic losses, while less tangible, can have just as profound an impact on your life. This category includes things like pain and suffering, emotional distress and loss of companionship. Texas law recognizes these losses and provides compensation for them.
Sometimes, the driver’s actions that led to the fatal accident were not just negligent, but reckless or grossly negligent. In these cases, Texas law allows you to seek punitive damages. These serve as a form of punishment for the driver and a deterrent for others.
Lastly, you may receive compensation from insurance policies. This can include the deceased’s life insurance policy, or an auto insurance policy if the other driver was at fault. It is important to thoroughly explore all insurance avenues to ensure you receive the maximum compensation available to you.
The loss of a loved one in a car accident is a devastating event. Texas law offers a way for you to receive compensation to help with the financial and emotional burdens this loss may bring. Remember that every case is unique, and the types of compensation available to you will depend on the specific circumstances of your situation.