12/04/2014 // 1-800-Car-Wreck (Press Release) // Amy Witherite // (press release)
Dealing with the loss of a loved one following a serious auto accident is hard. Surviving family members of victims are often plagued with questions about what went wrong and what could have been done to avoid the tragic event. When an accident involves an egregious act of negligence, criminal charges may be warranted against those liable. Negligent homicide is one possible charge drivers may face in accidents where they were shown to have acted with extreme misconduct.
Source: Wikipedia “Negligent homicide”
“Negligent homicide is a criminal charge brought against people who, through criminal negligence, allow others to die.”
To read more, visit http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Negligent_homicide.
Such was the charge given to a man involved in a fatal Texas car crash earlier this year. As noted in media reports, the man was charged with negligent homicide after his involvement in an accident that left one woman dead.
Source: CBS 58 News “Texas man accused of negligent homicide”
“A Jefferson, Texas, man has been arrested in connection with a March 2014 crash in Caddo Parish that left a woman dead, said Caddo Sheriff Steve Prator.”
To read more, visit http://www.shreveporttimes.com/story/news/crime/2014/09/18/texas-man-accused-negligent-homicide/15823329/.
According to the Texas based wrongful death lawyers of 1-800-CAR-WRECK, many people whose loved ones were killed in an accident have questions about the affect criminal charges may have on filing a wrongful death claim. Some also question whether criminal charges are a necessary prerequisite for filing a civil claim. Say the attorneys of the firm, criminal charges are not a necessary element for a valid wrongful death claim; however, when such charges are filed in connection with a fatal accident, it could provide substantial evidence to support a civil claim for damages.
When a person has been charged with a criminal offense as serious as negligent homicide over a car crash, and found guilty it can add weight to a wrongful death claim because the burden of proof is of a different standard in civil court. Having obtained a guilty verdict in criminal court can be indicative of what the outcome could be in civil court, where the burden of proof is less restrictive. However, a criminal charge does not guarantee a particular outcome either way for any wrongful death case.
The Dallas based car accident injury lawyers of 1-800-CAR-WRECK are available to discuss the legal options of individuals considering filing a wrongful death claim after the tragic loss of a family member in an accident. Individuals can contact the Eberstein & Witherite law firm today for a free consultation regarding their legal rights in cases where criminal charges have been filed concerning a fatal accident in which their loved one was killed.
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