Car accidents happen every day in Texas. Distracted driving, tired driving, road rage drivers, badly maintained roadways, and improper signage are all negligence that contributes to traffic accidents. When someone’s momentary lapse of attention or reckless driving caused you harm, you may be eligible to receive financial compensation for your damages.
Common acts of negligence include failing to yield right of way, running a red light, changing lanes without using a blinker, or rear-ending another vehicle. Acts of reckless driving include DUI, driving at high speeds, or racing another vehicle. In Texas, if a negligent driver causes your injuries, you may be entitled to receive monies for your medical bills, pain and suffering, and property damage. If the negligent driver was reckless, you can also obtain punitive or special damages.
Proving Negligence in a Car Accident
The most difficult part of most negligence cases is proving who is at fault. In some car accidents, fault is nonnegotiable. For instance, if the other driver was intoxicated and driving the wrong way on the highway, that driver is at fault for the accident. In many cases, however, proving negligence is less obvious.
Proving negligence in a car accident requires an in-depth investigation of the crash. This involves taking photos at the scene of the crash, interviewing eyewitnesses, hiring a key witness (usually a doctor) to attest to your injuries in court, and a variety of other important factors. For the best chance of winning compensation from a negligent party, hire an experienced Killeen car accident attorney.
In Texas, the courts follow a comparative negligence system that allocates fault between both parties. In some accidents, both drivers are at fault. Even in a rear-end collision, the jury may find either, both, or neither driver at fault for the accident. If the court assigns you an at-fault percentage of more than 50%, you will not recovery anything.
Proving the other driver’s percentage of fault can make a big difference in how much you receive in a settlement. Even if you know the other driver was at fault for your accident, he or she may have a suitable defense for the negligent action. There are two sides to every story: make sure the lawyer representing your side has the ability to prove your innocence before a jury.
Skilled Fort Hood Car Accident Attorneys
Ted Smith has represented clients in central Texas for almost 40 years. Our team of expert personal injury attorneys have come to the aid of numerous car accident victims to win financial compensation from negligent parties. We understand how stressful and time-consuming a personal injury lawsuit can be to an injured person, but we are here to make the process easier.
When you need peace of mind after an accident, trust Ted Smith Law Group, PLLC. We have represented a variety of auto accidents throughout central Texas, including:
- Car accidents
- Bus accidents
- Motorcycle accidents
- Semi-truck accidents
- Pedestrian accidents
- Bicycle accidents
- Uninsured motorist accidents
- Property damage accidents
When you work with Ted Smith Law Group, PLLC, you will experience a law firm completely dedicated to your success. We stay in contact with our clients throughout the trial and negotiation processes, so they are never left in the dark about their case. The right lawyer can make or break your car accident claim.
Our fees are based on contingency, which means you do not pay a cent unless we win a settlement for your damages. Call (254) 690-5688 or visit our contact page to get in touch with our passionate, capable personal injury attorneys. We offer a free consultation with one of our car accident lawyers who are happy to discuss your case in detail and provide more information.