Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) December 13, 2019 – Recently, the police were called to a scene of an accident in Corpus Christi, Texas, involving two vehicles.
On arrival, law enforcement discovered a 45-year-old woman in a Jeep that had been struck by another vehicle trying to turn. The Jeep driver sustained life-threatening injuries and was rushed to a trauma center. The woman died shortly after admittance. The driver and a passenger in the vehicle that struck the Jeep were also taken to hospital with injuries.
What follows an accident like this is a complete forensic investigation. First, a full set of photos is taken at the scene of the crash, and an accident reconstruction determines how fast the drivers were traveling. Next, blood analysis is done to find out if drugs or alcohol contributed to the accident. Then, the vehicles involved are inspected for mechanical errors, defective parts or failures that may have played a role in this crash. The investigation also looks for evidence left at the scene of the collision, such as skid marks, point of impact, gouge marks and the final resting positions of both vehicles.
After an accident like the one mentioned above, the accident victims or their families must contact an attorney right away. “Those who have lost a loved one, as it happened in this accident,” said Austin wrongful death attorney, Brooks Schuelke, “need to know what their legal rights are, how to file a wrongful death claim and what they may expect as the process of filing a lawsuit unfolds.” Most personal injury lawsuits involve negligence on the part of the party deemed to be at-fault for an accident.
Negligence occurs when an individual or entity acts in a careless manner causing harm or death to another person. “In the Corpus Christi case, the negligence may play a part seeing as the at-fault driver might have been speeding, running a red light or failing to yield the right of way,” added Schuelke, who is not involved in the case.
Negligence is a predominant legal premise used in car accident cases. Negligence occurs when drivers fail to use due diligence to avoid injuring other drivers, passengers and pedestrians. If a driver is not paying attention to what they are doing and ultimately injures someone, they are held liable for injuries.
An accident claim usually involves four main elements, which are:
* The law requires the defendant to act with due care
* The defendant was not careful
* The defendant’s actions caused the plaintiff’s injuries or death
* The plaintiff sustained losses and/or was injured or died
Accident victims needing legal advice in the aftermath of a car accident involving a fatality, need to speak to an experienced Austin wrongful death attorney. “Your chances of obtaining a good settlement or jury award are higher when represented by a lawyer,” Schuelke added.
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