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Less Traffic in Houston Didn’t Stop Fatal Crashes

Silver linings during the COVID-19 pandemic are few and far between, but less traffic did have an effect on pollution levels. Along with cleaner air, you might think fewer cars on the road would also mean less fatal car crashes. But for Texas, there was little change.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation (TDOT), the same timeframe in 2020 saw about half as many miles driven when compared to January through March 2019. But fatal crashes only dropped by 21 %. In Harris County alone, 32 people died in March 2020 car crashes, the TDOT reported. This is just five less than a year ago.

While nothing can bring back your family member, if a fatal car accident was caused by someone’s negligence, the survivors may be entitled to compensation. The car accident attorneys at The Krist Law Firm, P.C., understand what grieving families are facing. Let us explain your rights in a Texas wrongful death action, from handling the insurance claim to calculating the damages you deserve.

Contact us at (281) 283-8500 for a free, no-risk consultation. There is no cost unless we recover compensation.

Why Fatal Car Car Crashes in TX Remain High

Harris County authorities cite several factors for keeping the number of fatal car crashes high despite less driving. These reasons include:

  • Unsafe driving – speeding, recklessness, aggression, and distractions
  • Increased pedestrians and bicycles
  • Failure to stop or yield at intersections

Speeding, particularly, was mentioned by police as a factor in most vehicle crashes and fatalities. Because during lockdown, there are less cars and not the normal “stop and go” of regular commuting. As a result, too many motorists are driving faster.

Wrongful Death in Car Accidents

Texas law allows survivors or a person’s estate to file a wrongful death claim if the person died because of another person’s careless, reckless, or intentional bad conduct. Certain family members are entitled to recover damages if a wrongful death claim is proven.

Generally, families are not thinking about compensation after a tragic loss, but it’s important to keep in mind a wrongful death claim must be brought within the two-year statute of limitations. Failure to file may result in losing your ability to be made whole again after a fatal car crash.

That’s why consulting a wrongful death accident attorneys as soon as possible is so important. This lets you get a clear picture of what to expect and how to move forward. An experienced lawyer can protect your rights and handle the process, while you focus on your family.

Fatal Car Accident Compensation

Compensation for wrongful death is only available for the surviving spouse, children, and parents of the deceased. The possible compensation for these family members include medical expenses, funeral/burial costs, loss of financial contribution, loss of companionship, loss of inheritance, and physical pain and mental anguish.

Proof of the other party’s fault sometimes is straight-forward, such as when drugs or alcohol are involved, or it is a rear-end collision. Other times, it may require accident reconstruction experts and collecting evidence through what’s called the “discovery” process. In either circumstance, you need experienced counsel so that you receive everything you deserve.

Our Houston Car Accident Lawyers Can Help

When you’ve suffered the unimaginable, your first instinct may be to just put it all behind you as quickly as possible. Insurance companies are betting on that reaction and try to capitalize on it by offering a quick settlement that is typically under what you deserve.

Let our Houston car accident lawyers handle your claim so that you can focus on what must be done in the aftermath of a loved one’s death in a fatal crash.

We know the Houston-Woodlands-Sugar Land metropolitan area well and how to aggressively fight for the compensation you deserve. Call The Krist Law Firm, P.C. today at (281) 283-8500 to discuss your case for free. There’s no risk because you owe nothing until we recover for you.