San Antonio Wrongful Death Attorneys
Wrongful deaths happen when someone’s negligence or wrongdoing causes someone else’s death. The deceased individual’s family members (usually children, spouses, or parents) can file a wrongful death lawsuit against the negligent individual requesting compensation for pain and suffering and monetary losses that result from their loved one’s untimely death.
If someone you loved died in a tragic accident that someone else caused, you may be entitled to compensation. You do not have to go through these difficult times alone, contact Patino Injury and Accident Attorneys’ San Antonio wrongful death lawyers. We have years of experience providing compassionate legal assistance for people just like you.
Too Many People Die Unnecessarily in San Antonio
In just one year, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reported 173,040 unintentional injury deaths. Of those deaths, 37,595 resulted from motor vehicle traffic accidents. In Texas, motor vehicle accidents caused 3,610 total fatalities with zero deathless days on Texas roadways.
These deaths included:
- 410 motorcyclists killed
- 660 pedestrians killed
- 68 pedacyclists killed
- 886 people killed in DUI accidents
- 377 people killed in distracted driving accidents
In San Antonio, Texas, traffic accidents caused 155 fatalities in 2019, with 45 accidents involving drunk drivers. The most common areas where accidents occur are where most people operate vehicles. These areas include North 410, right at 35, and I-35 as the first and second deadliest traffic accident areas locally. The third most fatal site is likely the 1604 corridor, where 670 accidents occurred on the east side of Loop 1604 from US 281 to Lookout Road, and 476 accidents happened on the west side of Loop 1604 near I-10 from Babcock Road to Lockholl-Selma.
You May Recover Compensation for Your Loved One’s Loss
Death is always a devastating event for family members and loved ones. However, wrongful deaths allow those loved ones to find the negligent party liable for the death and hopefully deter future wrongful deaths.
While each state’s wrongful death laws differ, Texas law specifically states:
“(a) An action for actual damages arising from an injury that causes an individual’s death may be brought if liability exists under this section.
(b) A person is liable for damages arising from an injury that causes an individual’s death if the injury was caused by the person’s or his agent’s or servant’s wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, unskillfulness, or default.”
This statute means that if someone acted wrongfully, negligently, carelessly, or unskillfully (most common with medical malpractice wrongful death lawsuits), the surviving family members may pursue compensation.