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How Does Comparative Negligence Work in Texas?

Determining liability in Texas can be a complicated task when it pertains to car accidents and other personal injury situations. While many people typically think that things are cut-and-dry and that one person will be at fault, many times more than one party can be to blame for the accidents that cause serious injuries.

In these situations, special liability rules apply that require a thorough investigation from an experienced personal injury attorney.

 

Modified Comparative Fault in Texas

Texas follows the modified comparative fault rule when determining the value of your claim. A percentage of fault is assigned to each involved party, which designates the share of responsibility for the injuries and losses claimed.

The rule states that you cannot recover damages if you are 51 percent or more at fault for what happened. However, if you are responsible for 50 percent or less of the negligence, you can recover damages in proportion to the percentage of fault held by the other parties.

For example, if the value of your injuries is $40,000 and you are 10 percent responsible for causing the accident, you will recover 90 percent of the potential damages, or $36,000.

 

Minimize Your Level of Negligence

When there are multiple parties accused of being at-fault involved in an accident, it is important to consult with a personal injury lawyer from Colley & Colley, LLP. We understand comparative negligence laws and can handle the complex details surrounding your case in order to obtain the best possible outcome.

It will be essential to develop a case that fully proves the other party’s negligence while minimizing your own, which is exactly what we can provide you with.

 

Contact a Personal Injury Attorney Who Will Help You

Proving fault for your accident can be tricky for you to handle on your own. Colley & Colley, LLP will navigate the legal system on your behalf to recover the monetary damages you deserve for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering.

To learn more, call 1-877-411-2001 or fill out the online contact form below to schedule a free, no-obligation case evaluation where you can speak with a lawyer and discuss the ways that we can help you.