Early Friday morning, a driver and passenger died when the driver slammed the car into a bridge support on Interstate 20. The accident destroyed the car and left family members shocked, saddened, and deeply upset.
Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author
Friday’s accident underscores two important legal concepts: wrongful death and negligence. When a passenger dies as a result of the driver’s reckless conduct, the passenger’s family may have a valid legal claim against the driver’s estate.
Usually, a party only has legal standing to make a claim if he or she has actually suffered harm. Of course, in the event of a death, the person who would customarily have standing to bring the claim is unable as a result of their demise. To counteract this reality, the state of Texas provides next-of-kin with the legal standing to sue on the decedent’s behalf.
If the next-of-kin wants to file a claim, what would he or she allege? In many instances, the answer is simple: that the person who caused the victim’s injury acted negligently. Negligence – the legal concept that refers to a tortfeasor’s failure to act responsibly – is an important legal notion that helps protect accident victims.
Has your loved one been injured or killed as a result of another party’s negligence? Do valid legal claims exist? These questions are important, and the best way to answer them is to talk to the personal injury experts at Fears | Nachawati as soon as possible. Contact our professionals today to answer your most pressing legal questions.
About the Author
Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at: