While you may feel confident behind the wheel knowing that that you are an excellent driver, not everyone on the road necessarily meets this standard. Experiencing a vehicle crash of any kind can bring significant injuries, property damage, medical bills, and lost wages. All it takes is one reckless driver to place an overwhelming burden on you and your family.
Texas Modified Comparative Fault
Getting paid for a car accident isn't as simple as you might hope -- especially in Texas. Texas applies a doctrine of comparative fault, which means the state recognizes multiple parties may be responsible for an accident. Lawyers who are experienced in handling auto accident cases understand that comparative fault can have a major effect on the amount of settlement a person receives.
In Texas, the modified comparative fault law is also referred to as the "51 Percent Bar Rule." This declares that if a claimant is found to be more than 50 percent responsible for an accident, they may not recover any damages. To obtain fair compensation, especially if there is any dispute over fault, it is vital to retain the services of a knowledgeable attorney who can thoroughly assess your case and provide strong representation for you.
Motorcycle Accidents in Texas
Texas is a beautiful state to enjoy on two wheels, but it’s important to be aware of the risks associated with motorcycle accidents. The carelessness of a bad driver can cause serious, life-changing injuries to even the most well-traveled, experienced motorcyclist.
Wearing a helmet is one of the best ways to protect yourself on the road, but does not guarantee complete and total safety. Our state values personal freedom, and is among the states that have repealed the "universal helmet law," which means only riders under the age of 21 are required to wear one.
Some of the most common causes of motorcycle accidents in Texas include distracted driving and a lack of awareness and sensitivity toward sharing the road with motorcyclists. No matter the cause of negligence, the law office of William A. Smith is here to help.