Determining Fault in a Texas Car Accident
When it comes to assigning fault in an auto accident, Texas law employs a concept known as “proportionate responsibility,” a modified comparative fault standard. Proportionate responsibility means the damages you’re awarded—if any—could be reduced if you are found partially liable for your accident.
As an example, imagine you were answering a phone call when another driver T-boned you at an intersection. The deciding party could find you 25% at fault for the accident, and therefore for your injuries. What started as a $50,000 settlement could be reduced to $37,500.
However, if you are found to be more than 51% responsible for your injuries, Texas law would bar you from collecting any damages.
How an Attorney Can Help
Working with an auto accident attorney can help you determine the strength of your case against an insurance company or other opposing party. With skilled legal counsel on your side, you improve your chance of achieving suitable compensation.
If you’ve been injured in an auto accident in Pearland, Texas, turn to the services of Hildebrand & Wilson, LLP. We’ll listen to your story and provide you with advice backed by years of experience. We’re prepared to take charge of your case while you prioritize your health. Contact us today for a free consultation. In addition to Pearland, we also serve clients in Alvin, Friendswood, and Houston.