Single-Vehicle Motorcycle Accident Wrongful Death Cases
After losing a loved one in a tragic motorcycle accident, it’s not unusual for the surviving family members to want some kind of justice.
Unfortunately, misconceptions about single-vehicle motorcycle crashes often deter people from seeking compensation for losses associated with their loved one’s death.
While it’s true that a deceased motorcyclist’s surviving family members can’t pursue compensation for accidents in which the motorcyclist was deemed at fault, there are a number of scenarios where filing a wrongful death lawsuit after a single-vehicle motorcycle accident would be entirely appropriate. Examples include:
- Cases in which the motorcyclist swerved to avoid a drunk, drugged, reckless, or distracted motorist
- Accidents caused by construction equipment or debris left in the roadway
- Crashes caused by unsafe, poorly-designed, or poorly-maintained roads
However, not everyone is eligible to file a wrongful death lawsuit when a loved one dies as a result of someone else’s negligence. Texas restricts the right to file a wrongful death suit to the victim’s close family: surviving spouse, biological or adopted children, and biological or adoptive parents. The law allows a representative of the decedent’s estate to file a wrongful death action if none of the eligible family members have done so after three months.
Wrongful death actions can be filed against individuals, organizations, and even government agencies. Plaintiffs in motorcycle accident wrongful death cases can fight for compensation for a wide variety of damages, including:
- Funeral and burial fees
- Loss of income
- Loss of benefits
- Loss of companionship and guidance
- Mental and emotional anguish
Consult an Experienced Motorcycle Accident Attorney
If someone you love was killed in a single-vehicle motorcycle accident caused by another person or agency’s negligence, McGartland Law Firm’s knowledgeable motorcycle accident attorneys may be able to assist you. Our award-winning legal experts can analyze your case to determine if you have an actionable wrongful death claim, and help you understand your legal options.
Contact McGartland Law Firm today to schedule a free initial appointment for a review of your case.