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3 common causes of wrongful death

The loss of life is always tragic, but it is even more traumatic when it could have been prevented. This is often the case when a person dies because of negligence or unnecessary hazards. Such tragedies often leave grieving families to struggle financially, and the injustice only continues. If you are in this situation, you are not alone, and there are options available to seek recourse after your loved one's death. 

If your loved one has suffered a fatal injury and you believe an individual or institution is responsible, you may be able to hold that party liable for the damages. The following are three of the most common situations that result in wrongful death.

1. Car accidents

Car accidents are unfortunately one of the most common causes of wrongful death. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in a given year, there are over 3,700 lives lost in car accidents. There are countless different factors that can create such tragic situations. Many of these crashes involve alcohol, drugs and serious traffic violations.

2. Workplace accidents

A car is not the only place your life might be in danger. You may not suspect that your life could be at risk in your own workplace, but unfortunately, there are many workplace accidents each year that result in death. Like car accidents, drugs and alcohol are sometimes to blame, but sometimes these incidents are simply the result of freak accidents or malfunctioning equipment.

3. Property hazards

Slip-and-fall accidents are not uncommon, but it is unlikely that incidents such as this will be fatal. Sometimes, though, a property contains hazards that do threaten the lives of people in its vicinity. If a property is so unsafe that it causes the injury and death of a person in its parameters, you may be able to hold the owner liable. This is true of both private and public property.

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