Understanding Fault in Texas Car Accidents
Being in an accident is scary, and if you were injured, it can have a big impact on your life for the next weeks, months, and maybe even years. In Texas, you have the ability to file a personal injury lawsuit against the at-fault party to get reimbursement for medical bills and pain and suffering, but what happens if you are also found at fault? Learn how fault works in Texas and how it may impact your case.
How Is Fault Determined in Texas?
When you’re in a car accident, the police will immediately respond and start investigating the scene after any medical needs have been taken care of. However, the insurance companies for the parties will make the final determination of who was at fault. They have their own investigators and can look at police reports, interview the drivers or any witnesses, and even do accident reconstructions to determine who was at fault.
What Happens When You’re Found at Fault?
Accidents happen for a variety of reasons, and it’s common for there to be more than one contributing factor. For example, adverse road conditions and speed is a combination that is more likely to cause an accident, and a front-end collision in these conditions could be especially dangerous. If you’re found at fault, you may be cited by police for a traffic violation, which can mean points on your license and having to pay fines.
Can You Still Seek Compensation If You Were Partially at Fault?
If you are found at fault for a car accident in Texas, you will be assigned an at-fault percentage. This is very important because this percentage determines whether you are able to pursue compensation from the other party or if you might end up being sued yourself. As long as you are less than 50% at fault, you can still file a personal injury suit against the other party. However, keep in mind that the higher your fault percentage the lower the amount of damages you may be entitled to. This is why it’s important to speak with an attorney before moving forward to ensure that it’s worth it to pursue a case.
Oberg Law Office Can Help
At Oberg Law Office, we know how a car accident can change your life, and we focus on helping our clients get the money they’re entitled to so they can start rebuilding. If you were injured in a motor vehicle accident and aren’t sure what your options are, call our office at 972-682-9700. A member of our legal team can talk with you about your needs and set up a consultation with a personal injury attorney so you can start moving forward.