A car accident can result in personal injury, property damage, and other losses. If the crash was caused by the negligence of another party, you can seek compensation. Our experienced car accident lawyers can help you file a claim for damages.
Texas personal injury laws stipulate that the negligent party must pay for the damages caused by their negligence. However, you must prove the liability of the other driver before you get any compensation. Here are some key steps you can take towards proving who is responsible for a vehicle crash.
If you suffer a car accident, law enforcement officers will arrive on the scene to investigate the incident. The officers gather statements from you and the other drivers involved. A report is then filed, known as a police report or a crash report. This report is vital in establishing liability in a car crash.
You will need to retrieve a copy of the police report. For reports filed by the Dallas Police Department, you can get in touch with the DPD Records Division. Reports filed by the state troopers can be found on the Texas Department of Transportation website.
You must gather other relevant evidence to back up your claim and prove liability in a car crash case. Such evidence may include the following:
A car crash may be caused by the negligence of more than one party. For instance, if you were speeding when a driver who ran a red light hit you, both you and the other driver may be found responsible. In such cases, Texas’ proportionate responsibility rule comes into play.
This rule assigns a percentage of fault to all the negligent parties. Your compensation is then reduced by the percentage of your fault. However, you are not entitled to any compensation if your percentage of fault is 51% or more.
If you have suffered injuries and other losses in a Dallas car crash, we can help you. Here at Chris Lewis & Associates P.C., our accident lawyers work with you to hold the negligent party accountable for your losses. We also negotiate with the insurance company to secure a fair settlement for your claim.
Call us today at 214-984-3113 to discuss your claim with our lawyers or fill out our contact form below.