Calling car accidents “accidents” can be misleading, as most do not occur just by chance, but are actually caused by a negligent driver. Negligent driving behaviors include people texting or calling while driving, drunk driving, speeding, ignoring traffic signs, or driving recklessly during poor weather conditions, among other actions.
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If someone is engaged in one of these behaviors and causes a car accident, they could be held liable if someone is injured or killed. Ramsey Law Group has helped many clients win cases for car accidents where they were injured and the other party was at fault. Drivers operating the road unsafely should be held responsible for the resulting damages.
A car accident is not always as straightforward as it seems, and our attorneys have the experience and knowledge to examine every angle when looking at a case. When determining liability, it may be that the other driver is solely at fault for the accident, but it also could be the case that the car was manufactured poorly and caused the driver to not be able to react properly. Alternatively, if the driver was driving for work, some fault may lay with the employer depending on the situation. Situations involving incorrect signage for streets or construction projects may contribute as well.
Looking at all angles to determine who can be held responsible for a car accident helps us determine our approach with insurance companies and pursue lawsuits on behalf of our clients. Depending on the severity of the injuries and the impact the car accident had on our client’s lifestyle, we tailor our process to maximize our client’s compensation. We work closely with insurance companies to make sure you are getting a fair amount and hold them accountable if they want to deny a claim. We also can pursue a lawsuit against the driver or other liable party if the situation calls for it. Our ultimate goal is to help ensure the well-being of our clients and to do what we can to help them recover after a car accident.
Frequently Asked Questions
What to do after a car accident?
Safety is your top priority after a car accident. If you are able, you should ask passengers if they are hurt and assess your surroundings. Stay calm, and if possible, drive your car to a safe space with its hazard lights on. If you or anyone else is hurt, call the police for medical help. Remember that you may not feel how serious your injury is right away due to shock and adrenaline. Clearly tell the 911 operator about how you are doing, how the other driver is doing to the best of your knowledge, and tell them where the accident took place. The involved parties should exchange personal and insurance information – photographing driver’s license and insurance cards can expedite this process. You or a passenger can also take photos of the accident scene, including the condition of the vehicles involved (being sure to snap the license plates). Once those involved are safe and healthy, they must notify the applicable auto insurance carriers and speak with an experienced car accident lawyer.
Who is responsible for a car wreck?
It’s not always easy to determine who’s at fault in a car accident, especially when there are multiple vehicles involved. While some states have a “no fault” car accident classification, Texas does not. In most cases, the driver who causes a car wreck is responsible for any damages caused. If the vehicle driver is not the vehicle owner, the injured party could have a claim for damages against more than one individual or business.
Under Texas modified comparative negligence, a party can only recoup expenses from another if his or her own fault is less than 50 or 51 percent. In order to establish who is responsible for a car wreck, you can look to witness statements, police reports, vehicle damage, insurance adjuster findings, and more. An experienced injury lawyer can find all of the responsible parties and hold them accountable.
Why hire a car accident lawyer in Texas?
Thousands of people are involved in a car accident every year and many wonder if they should hire a lawyer. Since the effects of a car accident can be devastating, financially and emotionally, and you’re likely not used to talking to multiple insurance adjusters, having a car accident lawyer help you can relieve some of your stress. A motor vehicle crash attorney will investigate your case to establish liability, collect evidence to prove your case, handle insurance company communications, ensure everything is done in compliance with the law, represent you in court, and ensure you get the most financial compensation possible for your injuries.