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 Our state values personal freedom, and is among the states that have repealed the "universal helmet law," which means only riders under the age of 21 are required to wear one.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.



Don’t Wait to Deal with the Aftermath of an Accident

Immediately after an accident, you may be shaken by nerves. First and foremost, it is important to stay calm, but collecting evidence will also be key. Documenting the scene and any damages with photos can help your claim, but a police report, ambulance record (if applicable), and insurance and contact information of the other driver will be significant to capture as well.

Be sure to cooperate with the police and other individuals involved, but never admit fault. You may be asked to show your insurance card, but do not reveal your coverage limits.

The longer a person waits to speak with an attorney or file a personal injury claim, the less likely they will be able to recover full compensation for their injuries, vehicle repairs, and/or vehicle replacement. Do not speak directly with the other driver or their insurance representatives about the accident. Instead, refer them to your attorney. Allowing an experienced lawyer to handle conversations with the insurance companies and other parties involved will ensure you have a knowledgeable legal advocate to fight for the best possible outcome for you. I will challenge any of the insurance companies’ attempts to deny coverage for your losses.

If you or a loved one has been injured, the last thing I want you to worry about is how you are going to pay your bills. I will work for you on a contingency fee basis, which means that I don’t charge you a fee unless I win you a settlement. If you are seeking advice about what to do after an auto accident, contact me today to schedule your free consultation.


The Dallas-based law firm of William A. Smith has nearly four decades of legal experience to offer the people of Texas in need of help today. When it comes to dealing with financial recovery after a vehicle accident, you shouldn't have to navigate the legal system alone. I am committed to making sure our clients fully understand their legal options, and helping them pursue fair compensation.