Many factors come into play when determining who is at fault for an auto accident. It’s vital to recognize the potential parties you may hold accountable, but you should also understand how Texas laws determine negligence.
Steps to Take Following an Accident
If you are in an accident, it is important to understand the next steps that you should take to protect yourself and what you need to collect.
- Calling the police (you will need an official accident report)
- Report the accident to your insurance company
- Take photos of your vehicle, the other driver’s vehicle, and the scene if possible. Gathering evidence is important and can help you support your claim later.
Finally, do not admit fault at the scene. Avoid stating that you are at fault, even if you believe the accident is your fault. Explain the facts, but do not claim fault. There may be other circumstances outside of your control, such as another driver several cars ahead creating a chain reaction by hard braking on the highway.
Texas is a Comparative Fault State
The state that you live in has a tremendous impact on determining who is at fault in an auto accident. In Texas, drivers must take financial responsibility for any accident where the driver is 51% or more at fault.
Comparative negligence means that a driver who is “more responsible” for the accident will more than likely be the at-fault party liable in a crash. Carrying liability insurance can help you protect yourself in these cases. However, sometimes rulings are not clear, and an attorney can help you combat the ruling.
The focus of your case should be on pursuing the compensation you need to cover medical expenses, lost wages, property damage, and more.
Suffering an injury in a crash resulting from someone else’s negligence is never easy. You deserve someone on your side to help you pursue justice. The Stewart Law Firm can help.
We have represented numerous clients who have been in accidents and are currently dealing with legal repercussions. If you need to sue the party who is at fault, our Austin car accident lawyers are here to help you. Let us represent you.
Call our firm today at (512) 942-2372.