What To Do Immediately After Losing A Loved One In A Car Accident

Last updated on: September 17, 2022

If you have lost a loved one in a car accident, call (800) 863 5312 to speak with Texas wrongful death lawyers at zinda law group for free

If you have lost a loved one after a car accident, then you unfortunately are aware of just how painful this situation is. The loss of a loved one in any circumstance is enough to send family members reeling, and it can be even more impactful if it comes suddenly, like when the family member dies after being injured in a car accident in Texas. However, one thing that can at least help ease some of the burden on your shoulders is hiring the right Texas injury attorney to represent your interests.

If you have lost a loved one due to a motor vehicle accident, contact Zinda Law Group today at (800) 863 5312 for your 100% free consultation. You do not pay us anything unless we are successful in winning your case.

How To Cope With Losing A Loved One To A Car Accident

Unfortunately, the loss of a family member may be one of life’s most difficult events. You may be left feeling hurt, confused, or even angry. The right attorney at Zinda Law Group can help you through the entire grieving process while also providing you with necessary legal advice.

Work Through Your Pain

Dealing with the death of a loved one can be a long-term process. It is important for you to take your time when healing, embrace your new life, and adjust to your new routines. Further, you should pay attention to your own wellbeing, as grief may disrupt your physical health.

Understand Everyone Grieves Differently

It is also important to understand that everyone grieves differently. For instance, while a family member may choose to speak out about their grief, you may prefer to stay silent. You will face certain challenges with those close to you, so understanding their unique form of grieving may help you to work together.

Zinda Law Group attorneys are here for you and your family through this difficult time. If you have lost a family member and have questions regarding how to cope with their death, call Zinda Law Group today.

What To Do Immediately After The Accident

Immediately after you have lost a loved one in a car accident, you will likely be working through a lot of emotions and other related stressors; however, the time immediately following an accident is critical for any potential legal claims that you might have. Thus, it can be helpful to have an idea of what your practical next steps should be following the accident.

1.   Contact a Fatal Car Crash Attorney

As soon as you can, contact a Texas injury lawyer. A Texas car accident attorney can help you by, first and foremost, giving you an idea of whether you have a compensable claim. They may also be able to give you an idea of what a claim could be worth.

It is also advisable that you speak with a Texas car accident lawyer after the accident because wrongful death cases are often very complicated. Wrongful death cases often require mountains of evidence and can become very intricate. A wrongful death lawyer who has the experience to know what they’re doing with these sorts of cases can conduct an effective investigation and sift through the evidence, which will lighten the weight of the massive burden you are carrying on your shoulders.

2.   Document the Accident

When you file a wrongful death claim, the burden is on you to prove that you deserve to be compensated by one of the other parties involved. To do this, you will need to present evidence. At the preliminary stages of a potential wrongful death claim, it is always better to have too much evidence as opposed to too little, so being as thorough as possible while documenting an accident is critical. Crucial pieces of evidence include photos of the accident scene, contact information for the other drivers involved and for any potential witnesses, and medical records or any other documentation that might have been generated over the course of the case.

3.   Notify the Insurance Company

Regardless of how the accident happened, or who is actually at fault, it is important that you contact your insurance company after the accident. Once you have notified the insurance company, however, do not give a detailed report of the accident before speaking with an attorney, as these details could possibly be used by the insurance company against you and your family to minimize the amount that they are legally obligated to pay out. Depending on the specifics of the insurance policy, you may also be required to notify them within a certain amount of time before they are required to pay damages.

Filing A Wrongful Death Claim

To receive compensation for the death of a loved one, you must file a wrongful death claim. This specific type of claim cannot be filed by just anyone, however. Below are two commonly asked questions regarding wrongful death cases:

What is a Wrongful Death Case?

Most personal injury cases involve the victim of a given accident filing a claim for their damages. However, if you lost a loved one after a car accident, then they are obviously no longer able to advocate for themselves; this is where wrongful death lawsuits can come into play. In Texas, certain surviving family members can essentially step into the shoes of the deceased and sue on their behalf for damages.

To prevail on a wrongful death lawsuit, the surviving family member must prove the same things that the deceased would have had to prove if they had survived the accident. For example, if the deceased died as a result of someone allegedly driving while under the influence of alcohol, then the claimant will need to be able to show that the driver was acting negligently, and that that negligent action was the cause of their loved one’s death in the same way that a typical drunk driving accident victim would need to prove those components in order to recover for their injuries.

Who Can File a Wrongful Death Claim?

One important step when you have lost a loved one after a car accident is determining whether you are eligible to file a wrongful death claim. By statute, the state of Texas restricts which family members can file on behalf of the deceased, and those family members include the deceased’s spouse, parents, and children, which includes adoptive parents and children. Adopted children are not allowed to file a claim on the behalf of their deceased biological parents, however. Speaking with a wrongful death attorney in Texas is the best way to determine what your legal standing is and whether you are an eligible family member to be able to bring a claim on behalf of your loved one.

If you have any other questions regarding wrongful death claims in Texas, or wish to begin your claim, contact Zinda Law Group today.

Need Help? Contact Zinda Law Group Today

Losing a loved one in a car accident is heart-breaking and difficult. Although nothing can bring that person back, the right attorney can help guide you through the entire process and can provide you with advice to protect your legal rights.

As difficult as it is to lose a loved one in a car accident, the wrongful death attorneys at Zinda Law Group are standing by to make sure that you do not go through it alone. Therefore, you should call our team at (800) 863 5312 to set up your free initial consultation. What’s more, you won’t pay us anything until we win your case for you. That’s our No Win, No Fee Guarantee.

Meetings with attorneys are available by appointment only.