Reporting a car accident in Texas
Chapter 550 of the Texas Transportation Code states that the driver of any vehicle involved in an accident resulting in injury to or death of a person or significant damage to a vehicle must “immediately by the quickest means of communication” report the accident to the local police department or the sheriff’s office.
You are not required by law to report the accident to your insurance company. However, insurance policies stipulate that you should do this.
As a general rule, it is best to report any accident to your insurance company as soon as possible after it occurs to ensure that coverage will be there if required.
What is the comparative negligence law in Texas?
“Comparative negligence” means that you may be able to claim damages for an accident even if you are found to be partly at fault yourself.
It provides for parties to be held proportionally at fault for any accident and Texas law follows this system.
So, if you are awarded $150,000 in damages but the court finds you to be one-third at-fault for the accident, you would receive only $100,000 in compensation.
If two other parties were found to be equally at fault for the remaining two-thirds, they would each need to pay $50, 000.
However, if you are more than 50 percent responsible for the accident, you cannot sue other parties for losses incurred.
How can a car accident lawyer recover compensation in Texas?
Our car accident attorney at DeHoyos Law is experienced in dealing with insurance companies and negotiating favorable out-of-court settlements.
We are also prepared to go to trial and push for fair compensation for your losses if no settlement is possible.
You should be focusing on your recovery at this stressful time. We will take care of the legal processes and prepare a powerful case for maximum compensation.
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