Austin Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Lawyer
The death of a loved one is difficult to deal with under any circumstances, but a wrongful death is especially painful to recover from. Austin is not immune to these types of deaths, especially when it comes to motorcycle accidents, which pose special risks because of the lack of external protection found on bikes. Even a helmet can only protect so much.
During a crash, the rest of the body is exposed to external elements like the road, debris, and other vehicles. Because of the risks they face when riding motorcycles, riders are more likely to die in an accident than drivers of other types of vehicles. These accidents are especially difficult to deal with when someone else was to blame for the accident—and therefore your loved one’s death.
Money can’t undo what’s been done, but you may at least be able to receive justice and a means to supporting your family. An experienced Austin motorcycle accident wrongful death lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP can help you accomplish these goals.
Understanding Wrongful Death in Motorcycle Accidents
Wrongful death is defined as a death that occurs without intent, but that is still the result of someone's actions or lack of action. Therefore, a wrongful death could be the result of something a person didn't do, just as it could be the result of something a person did do.
When someone is killed in a motorcycle crash and some form of negligence—such as distracted driving or dangerous road conditions — is found to be the cause, a wrongful death has occurred. This means that whoever committed the negligent action or inaction is responsible for the wrongful death, and therefore owes monetary compensation to the victim’s survivors.
Who Can Sue for Wrongful Death in Texas?
In most motorcycle accident cases, the resulting lawsuits typically seek compensation for injuries and damages to the person hurt in the accident. In the case of wrongful death, the individual can no longer benefit from any form of compensation. However, their loved ones still have to deal with all of the repercussions caused by the wrongful death—financial and emotional.
This includes everything from medical bills and funeral expenses to personal pain and suffering. In some cases, the individual who died was the primary earner for the family, and those who depended upon that person are left in a position that puts their accustomed lifestyle at risk.
In Texas, the survivors who are usually eligible to sue for wrongful death are listed below:
- Surviving spouse
- Parents of the deceased
In some cases, others may be able to sue for wrongful death, so it’s important that you contact an experienced Austin motorcycle accident wrongful death lawyer from our firm to determine the best way to move forward.
Austin Wrongful Death Lawyers with Experience
If you have lost a loved one in a motorcycle accident, you and your family members could be entitled to a financial settlement from the at-fault party. Although money won’t bring your loved one back, it can help alleviate some of the burdens you have endured.
The capable wrongful death lawyers from Colley & Colley, LLP can determine the best way for you and your family to move forward. To arrange a time to meet with one of our attorneys, call us at 512-477-2001. You can also submit the contact form at the bottom of this page and someone from our office will contact you.