Texas has a unique method of apportioning fault between participants to an accident. The statutory method, “comparative responsibility, ” is a relatively fair way of distributing fault after an accident.
Usually, it is up to the jury to decide whether or not someone caused the accident. Typically, a jury question lists all participants and asks the jury to apportion the fault between them – with a total of 100%.
Types of Personal Injury Cases Where Fault is Apportioned in Texas
- Car Wrecks
- Truck accidents
- Uber crashes
- Wrongful death lawsuits
- Construction accidents
- Other personal injury claims
In effect, the jury usually determines fault based on a percentage of each person’s responsibility for causing the accident. When both parties may have some responsibility for the accident, the jury usually apportions the blame by determining a percentage of fault for each person or entity designated.
The comparative responsibility scheme will not bar them from collecting damages as long as the personal injury victim is 50% or less at fault for an accident. Notably, an injury victim’s damages will be reduced by their percentage of fault.
Examples of Comparative Fault in Texas
By way of example, if an injury victim were found to have suffered damages of $1 million yet also found to be 10% responsible for the accident, the damages would be reduced by 10% to account for the victim’s fault.
However, if the personal injury victim is found to have been 51% or more responsible for the accident, the victim may be precluded from recovering damages under the Texas statutory scheme.
You May Still Recover Damages if You Are Less At Fault.
In short, personal injury victims who are partly responsible in Texas can still recover damages as long as they are not a majority of the cause of the accident.
If you have questions regarding whether or not you can maintain a case or whether a case is worth pursuing on your behalf, contact an experienced and reputable Houston personal injury attorney as early as possible, as certain time limits apply to all claims that can bar a case that is not timely brought.
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