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Texas widow seeks wrongful death damages

A Texas widow has filed a lawsuit against four individuals and Texas Farm Bureau Mutual Insurance. The wrongful death suit alleges that the individual defendants caused a crash that claimed the life of her husband, and the insurance company defendant allegedly did not provide sufficient coverage for the damages sustained in the fatal collision. She is requesting relief for the actual monetary damages sustained and also wrongful death damages.

The lawsuit was filed in the Jefferson County District Court this month. The lawsuit claims that on the day of the accident, one of the defendants was towing a recreational vehicle (RV), a vehicle owned by two of the other defendants. Both the person towing the RV and the operator of the RV allegedly caused the accident by losing control of both vehicles, which caused the blockage of lanes heading both north and south on Highway 69. The two owners of the RV, who were not driving, were included in the claims as well.

The victim apparently crashed into the 'combined unit' and sustained fatal injuries. His wife also claims that, although their insurance was maintained through Texas Farm Bureau for their vehicle, the insurance coverage was not adequate enough to compensate the widow for suffered damages. The amount of damages she is suing for in this wrongful death case was not disclosed.

Losing a loved one is a traumatic experience, and the grief occasioned by such a shocking and sudden loss is difficult to imagine. When it is exacerbated by an accident where someone may have been negligent, the loss can be felt even more strongly. When wrongful death occurs, the surviving family often does not know which way to turn as it struggles to make some sense out of a senseless tragedy. This Texas widow has chosen the court system and will now have the opportunity to attempt to prove her case and establish that each of the defendants acted negligently in a manner that contributed to her husband's unfortunate death. While it won't bring her husband back, it could help her achieve some sense of justice as well as provide financial relief from the damages suffered.

Source: Southeast Texas Record, "Wrongful death suit filed over crash with RV," David Yates, July 16, 2012

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