Nothing compares to the pain of losing a loved one before their time. When that loss is caused by the careless or reckless behavior of another, this loss can feel even more painful than one which could not have been prevented. In some cases, those who have lost a spouse or family member may have a legal claim for compensation through what’s known as a wrongful death lawsuit. Learn more below about some of the most common causes of wrongful death in Texas, and contact the seasoned Houston wrongful death lawyer Charles J. Argento for more information.
What are the most common causes of wrongful death?
We as consumers trust that the products we purchase will be safe to use, but this isn’t always true. When manufacturers fail to conduct sufficient testing on products before making them available for sale, consumers’ lives may be put at risk. Electronic items capable of bursting into flames, dangerous vehicle parts, and defective furniture capable of tipping over onto small children are but a few examples of potentially-lethal products.
Car accidents are one of the leading causes of accidental death in Houston and throughout Texas. Many car accidents are the result of one driver behaving recklessly by failing to pay careful attention to the road in front of them, speeding, following too closely, cutting off cars in traffic, or acting truly recklessly by driving drunk. Even when drivers are facing criminal liability for causing fatal injuries in a crash, they can also face civil liability through a wrongful death lawsuit.
Pedestrian and cycling accidents
Pedestrians and cyclists lack the protections offered by a vehicle and bear a much higher risk of being fatally injured when involved in an accident. The drivers responsible for accidents involving cyclists or pedestrians often failed to look in their mirrors or scan the road thoroughly in the moments before the accident and can face liability for this carelessness.
Workers in construction, manufacturing, and oil and gas refining regularly work under dangerous conditions. They rely on their employers to ensure that workplace conditions are safe. When employers fail to uphold this critical duty, employees may end up paying for this carelessness with their lives.
Doctors, nurses, and other health care workers have a duty to care for their patients according to established best practices in their field. Physicians who fail to uphold this duty by carefully carrying out their responsibilities to their patients may be held responsible when patients die while under their care.
If you’ve lost a loved one in Texas due to the negligent or reckless actions of another, get experienced legal advice on whether you have a valid claim for wrongful death by contacting the compassionate, professional, and trial ready Houston wrongful death attorney Charles J. Argento for a free consultation at 713-225-5050.