You may be in disbelief after your loved one passes after a car accident. Your first thoughts may be assessing others’ driving, your loved one’s driving, if anything was on the road, or if the weather played a role. However, a car component could be the reason or the cause of an accident.
If a loved one has died in an accident due to a defective car component, a deadly defective vehicles lawyer from our personal injury team can evaluate your case and provide steps to act against the responsible party.
We Can Help If a Defective Vehicle Caused Your Loved One’s Passing
Losing a loved one can be devastating, regardless of how it happened, but feeling like you lost a loved one due to a defective vehicle can leave you feeling angry. Grieving your lost one is a lot to handle, and trying to figure out how to legally handle this situation can be overwhelming.
Hiring a car accident lawyer can provide legal guidance and support while you focus on grieving your loved one. Additionally, we protect your interests and work to ensure you receive the justice you deserve.
What We Can Do for You
A defective vehicle accident can be complex, but a wrongful death lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins can help you hold the car company responsible for your loved one’s death. During a free consultation, we can determine your legal options and how to move forward. We will promptly begin building a solid case for you if you hire us. Some ways we serve you include but are not limited to:
- Investigating the car accident. There are times an auto defect might not be determined as the cause of an accident during an initial police investigation by the police. We will gather evidence, witness accounts, and any pertinent documentation to prove your case.
- Prove your loved one’s death was the result of the defective vehicle. We will use our resources to collaborate with experts to analyze the accident to prove the defect was unreasonably dangerous and caused the death of your loved one.
- Identify liable parties. Liable parties can range from the supply chain to the parts maker, the distributor, and the auto manufacturer. We have the resources to take on big companies and ensure they are held responsible.
- Determine the value of your losses. We can determine which wrongful death damages you may be eligible to recover.
- Negotiate on your behalf. We are dedicated to ensuring we advocate for you to receive a settlement amount that will help take care of your total losses.
- Support you throughout the case. If we cannot settle your case outside of court, we can represent you at trial. We prepare each case as if we will go to trial.
We understand the trauma and hardships you are experiencing. This is why we are dedicated to your case, ensuring you receive the settlement you deserve because your case matters to us.
Who Can Recover Wrongful Death Compensation?
In Texas, the deceased person’s surviving spouse, children, and parents can recover wrongful death compensation. However, if those relatives do not file a wrongful death claim within 90 days (three months) of the death, an executor or administrator of the deceased person’s estate must file the claim instead.
When we meet, we can discuss if your relationship with the deceased qualifies you to pursue legal action for compensation.
Once we establish the liable party, we will focus on gathering documentation to show the losses you are experiencing that stem from the death. Some possible areas of compensation are:
- Mental pain and suffering you are experiencing
- Lost income or other financial support your loved one provided
- Value of any lost household services the deceased would have provided
- Lost companionship, support, comfort, and love
- Value of any lost savings or inheritance
When we review your case, we will also determine if you can fight for exemplary damages or punitive damages against the liable party.
How Long Do I Have to File a Lawsuit?
It is important you talk with a wrongful death lawyer as soon after the accident as possible. According to Texas Civil Practice and Remedies Code § 16.003, you generally have two years to file a lawsuit from the accident date. When you are dealing with trauma, you can lose track of time, and two years can go by quicker than you think. If you miss the statute of limitations timeline, you could lose your opportunity to receive compensation.
If someone you love suffered fatal injuries after riding in a defective vehicle, you should not have to pay for the damages. We are committed to helping you recover the compensation you need.
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Common Types of Vehicle Defects
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) states a safety defect is a problem that exists in a motor vehicle or item of motor vehicle equipment that poses an unreasonable risk to motor vehicle safety.
Some examples of defects that are safety-related include:
- Steering components break abruptly, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle
- Problems with fuel system components result in leaking fuel and may cause vehicle fires during a collision
- Accelerator controls that break or stick, or defective breaks
- Tire issues that lead to losing control of the vehicle
- Seats, seat backs, or seat belts that fail unexpectedly during normal use
- Electrical wiring system issues that can cause a fire or loss of lighting
- Airbags that deploy when not intended or do not deploy when needed
When an auto manufacturer discovers a safety defect, the manufacturer must notify the NHTSA, auto dealers, and vehicle owners. However, sometimes defective vehicle components are not recalled until they affect multiple victims.
Contact Our Team Today to Fight for Justice
Deadly defective vehicle accidents can be complex, involving laborious legal issues. Therefore, utilizing our resources to provide effective evidence to support your case is vital. A Texas deadly defective vehicles lawyer from Loncar Lyon Jenkins will help you fight for justice for your loved one. Contact us today to schedule your free consultation.