While few think about it, getting into a motor vehicle is statistically one of the most dangerous things most people do on a daily basis. Just under 4,000 people lost their lives in fatal auto collisions in Texas last year, and nearly a quarter-million were injured. News stories about fatal accidents are, sadly, commonplace in Texas and throughout the United States.
However, few collisions lead to as many deaths as a van accident that occurred on the afternoon of August 4, 2021. Details of the accident are still being discovered, but at this point, ten individuals have been pronounced dead.
Van Carrying Up to 30 Passengers Collided with Utility Pole
The van involved in the crash was carrying an estimated 30 passengers when it veered off the road and struck a utility pole, leading to catastrophic consequences. The accident is unique not only because of the high number of fatalities but also because it was a single-vehicle collision. Some reports indicate that the van may have been carrying undocumented immigrants from Mexico; however, the complete story is still unknown.
Legal Options for Families of Those Killed in Auto Collisions
Some of the leading causes of fatal car accidents in Texas include speeding, driving while intoxicated, driver inattention, failure to stop at a stop signal, unsafe lane changes, and swerving to avoid an animal on the road. Defective tires are another contributor to many fatal crashes.
If your loved one was killed in a fatal accident in Texas, you should know that you may be able to take legal action on his or her behalf. A wrongful death claim is similar to a personal injury claim and allows surviving family members to pursue financial compensation after a fatal accident. Even more importantly, a wrongful death claim may allow a grieving family to hold the party who caused the accident responsible for their tragic loss. Damages in a wrongful death claim often include:
- Loss of the deceased person’s services such as caring for children or maintaining the household
- Lost inheritance experienced by children of the deceased
- The deceased person’s lost earning capacity
- Loss of the deceased person’s love and companionship
- Mental anguish and suffering
Contact a New Braunfels, Texas Car Wreck Lawyer
If your loved one passed away in a fatal auto collision, contact the New Braunfels wrongful death attorneys at the Bettersworth Law Firm. Whether the crash was caused by an inattentive driver, tire defect, negligent trucking company, or other factors, we can help you find the liable party and hold that party accountable. Call 830-443-9193 for a free consultation today.