North Dallas is a large area with many communities and neighborhoods. The area is bordered by Northwest Highway, Lake Highlands, and the communities north of IH-635. At one time, North Dallas was considered the area just north of downtown, but over time, as the population has grown, almost 30 communities are now considered to be part of North Dallas or Far North Dallas. These communities each have a unique character and personality, from the most exclusive neighborhoods, such as Highland Park, Russwood Acres, Preston Hollow, and Lakewood Heights, to middle-class communities that offer more affordable housing.
The many highways, streets, and thoroughfares connecting North Dallas include Interstate 30, Interstate 45, President George Bush Turnpike, Dallas North Tollway, U.S. 75, Texas 183, and others. Sadly, while convenient, these roadways are also the location of fatal vehicle accidents caused by negligent drivers. In these cases, the close family can file a wrongful death claim.
In Texas, a wrongful death claim can be brought when an individual’s death is the result of a wrongful act, neglect, carelessness, or other type of negligence by another person or entity. If a family member passes away due to someone else’s negligence or intentional misconduct, surviving family members have the right to bring a wrongful death lawsuit against the responsible party. The purpose of a wrongful death claim is to hold the responsible party accountable for their actions and to provide compensation to the surviving family members for the losses associated with the death of a loved one.
If you have lost a loved one due to the negligent actions of another party, contact the North Dallas personal injury lawyers at The Lenahan Law Firm at (214) 295-1008 to speak to one of the leading personal injury law firms in the Dallas area and beyond.
The types of incidents causing death that may warrant filing a wrongful death lawsuit include:
- Car Accidents: Drivers in North Dallas may be driving drunk, intoxicated by drugs, speeding, driving recklessly, or even texting while driving, with their negligent actions causing a fatal accident. In these cases, a wrongful death claim can be filed by the close family.
- Truck Accidents: The large North Dallas region must be supplied with goods delivered by commercial trucks, delivery vans, box trucks, and other vehicles. Truck drivers operating a vehicle with unsafe or reckless driving conduct put innocent people at risk of fatal injuries.
- Construction Site Accidents: Construction projects are ongoing throughout all communities in North Dallas. Workers on these sites may suffer fatal injuries when something goes wrong, whether a trench, wall, ladder, or scaffolding accident, equipment failure, or other incident causing death, allowing the family to seek justice through filing a third-party lawsuit against parties other than the employer that contributed to the accident.
- Pedestrian Accidents: Many areas of North Dallas are pedestrian-friendly, but pedestrians can suffer fatal injuries when a speeding, drunk, or distracted driver is in the region. Fatal pedestrian accidents can occur at local crosswalks, intersections, on sidewalks, or in other areas when a negligent driver hits an individual, allowing the family left behind to file a wrongful death claim.
- Medical Malpractice: When a medical provider fails to deliver the accepted standard of care, leading to loss of life, the family is left in shock, suffering unimaginable grief and loss. When a medical error or medical negligence has led to the death of a loved one, a wrongful death lawsuit can be filed to seek compensation for the close family.
In Texas, surviving members of a deceased individual who died due to an act of negligence can pursue compensation by filing a wrongful death claim. The Texas statute of limitations allows for two years from the time of death for such a lawsuit to be brought. The surviving spouse, children, or parents of the deceased hold the right to file wrongful death claims.
The damages pursued in a wrongful death lawsuit include economic damages and non-economic losses. The economic damages include the loss of financial support, current and future, and the loss of inheritance, funeral and burial expenses, and other hard costs. The non-economic damages include more personal issues, including the loss of companionship, emotional anguish, and the pain and suffering of the close family. In some rare cases, punitive damages may be pursued. These damages are designed to punish an individual who is proven to have engaged in particularly egregious conduct.
At The Lenahan Law Firm, we operate differently than many Dallas area law firms that take on hundreds of clients. Our firm has achieved a reputation for legal excellence by taking on limited cases and pouring all our resources into each case. If you lost a loved one in a wrongful death, we urge you to contact us to speak with our North Dallas wrongful death lawyers about what occurred at (214) 295-1008.