A Lawyer Who Helps Families After Fatal Car Accidents
Attorney Jeff Weinstein is dedicated to helping you get justice
A car accident can leave people with very serious injuries, and sometimes, those injuries are fatal. Losing a loved one in a car wreck is heartbreaking. And when it happened because another driver was negligent, you want justice. Attorney Jeff Weinstein of Weinstein Law helps families through this very difficult time.
Losing a loved one suddenly in a car wreck can be devastating for a family. Just as they are trying to come to terms with what happened, they are faced with bills for medical expenses and funeral costs. If the loved one was a financial provider, the family will also suffer a loss of income. This makes it harder to pay regular expenses.
When a loved one was lost due to another driver's negligence, the insurance company is supposed to help. But the fact is that insurance companies are mostly interested in protecting their own profits. So, they will do what they can to keep any payouts low. That's why you need an experienced fatal car accident attorney who knows how to deal with insurance companies.
Our legal team begins by investigating your loved one's accident to get the facts. We know where to look for evidence that proves the negligence of another caused the crash. Jeff also reviews all documentation, such as accident reports and medical records. He interviews witnesses. He sometimes consults accident reconstruction experts.
We know this is a tough time for your family. That's why Jeff will handle everything while you recover from this loss. But if you ever have a question or concern about the case, all you have to is call. Our clients get Jeff's cell phone number and can call him anytime they need to do so.
What causes fatal car accidents?
Serious accidents that result in the death of a driver or passenger happen for many different reasons. Some of the most common causes of fatal collisions include speeding, drunk driving, reckless driving and distracted driving, including texting while driving.
Determining the cause of such accidents can be difficult. This is especially true if the at-fault driver denies doing anything wrong or tries to blame the other driver for causing the collision. That’s why it’s important to have a lawyer who knows how to investigate accidents and can find the evidence you need to build a strong legal case.
Evidence for accidents can cover a wide range, including no skid marks on the road, the results of a blood alcohol concentration (BAC) test for the driver who caused the fatal crash, eyewitness testimony, red light camera footage and the official motor vehicle accident report.
Can I sue for a fatal car crash?
In most cases, immediate family members (spouse, parent, child, etc.) have the right to file a lawsuit seeking damages (financial compensation) after a fatal crash. Many lawsuits involve suing the at-fault driver or the driver’s insurance company, especially if they make a low settlement offer or deny your accident claim.
However, you may be able to take legal action against other parties, depending on the circumstances of your accident. For example, if the driver who caused your loved one’s deadly car accident was intoxicated at the time of the crash, you may have a dram shop case against the bar or liquor store that sold alcohol to the driver.
It's also important to understand that you only have a limited amount of time to take legal action after your loved one’s fatal crash. In Texas, the deadline (statute of limitations) is two years from the date of the accident. That’s why it’s important to talk to a lawyer right away and learn more about your legal options, including filing a wrongful death lawsuit.
How much is my case worth?
The total value of your case depends on many different factors, including whether there’s evidence the at-fault driver was behaving recklessly before the crash. The bottom line is you and your family deserve to be compensated for all your expenses and the full financial impact of your loved one’s death. Such expenses can include:
- Medical bills
- Vehicle repair or replacement costs
- Funeral expenses
- Lost future income
- Pain and suffering in certain circumstances
No amount of money can make up for the loss of a loved one in a fatal car accident caused by another driver. But you and your family have suffered enough. You should not have worry about how you will pay all the bills associated with a bad car accident that results in someone’s death. Your lawyer can demand the money you deserve, whether it’s negotiating a settlement offer with the other driver’s insurance company or filing a wrongful death lawsuit on your family’s behalf.
Fighting on behalf of your loved one
Jeff will find out what really happened in your loved one's accident. A driver may have negligent - for example, by texting while driving or driving while drunk. In some cases, there may be a mechanical or safety defect that led to the crash. If that's what happened, we may be able to hold the manufacturer accountable.
We will also determine the total amount of damages you have suffered. This may include medical expenses, funeral expenses, pain and suffering, loss of future income and other damages. And Jeff will fight to recover all the financial compensation you need and deserve.
Many times, when insurance companies see that Jeff has put together a strong case and is ready to fight for you, they agree to negotiate a settlement. But if they won't settle, he will be ready to fight on behalf of your family in court. A former prosecutor, Jeff has taken hundreds of cases to trial.
A financial settlement or award won't bring your loved one back. But it is a way to hold negligent parties accountable and can often give families a sense of justice. Jeff is dedicated to helping your family achieve the best possible outcome.
After the sudden loss of a loved one, taking legal action may be something you aren't thinking about right now. But it is important to consult a lawyer as soon as you can. Under Texas law, you have two years from the date of the accident to file a wrongful death claim. However, it can take time to build a strong, effective legal case.
Schedule a free consultation with a fatal accident attorney who puts your family's best interests first. Learn more about how Jeff can help by contacting us online.