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Rates of fatal motor vehicle accidents went up in 2020, with over 42,000 deaths occurring behind the wheel that year. What causes fatal motor vehicle accidents and how can families recover from the financial blow that can come while surviving family members are grieving?

This visual guide to fatal motor vehicle accidents from Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P.—SMS Legal—outlines the most common reasons these accidents happen and can help you understand the financial impacts that families can face after the tragic loss of a loved one. While nothing can replace a life lost in an accident, a qualified team of car accident attorneys can help you navigate the financial pitfalls.

Speeding, racing, distracted driving, and eating or drinking behind the wheel are among the top reasons that these fatal car crashes occur. A little more than half are single vehicle accidents, while 47% of these accidents involve two or more vehicles. In most cases, one of the drivers will be found at fault.

When someone else may be at fault for a fatal motor vehicle accident that impacts your family, having an experienced legal team on your side will allow you to grieve and help your family to heal while we manage the process of holding the right party responsible for your tragic loss. Learn more about these types of accidents and the help Schechter, Shaffer & Harris, L.L.P. can provide in this helpful guide.

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Jonathan S. Harris and Matthew D. Shaffer are Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization.  Other attorneys are not board certified.  Principal office is located in Houston, Texas.