Working with an experienced car accident lawyer in Houston can make a major difference in your case. These attorneys work closely with you to ensure you are being awarded fair compensation to take care of any damages that resulted from your accident. This includes everything from medical bills, property damage, lost wages, pain and suffering, and much more.
Attorney Beverly R. Caruthers understands how difficult it can be to go against predatory insurance companies. This is why she will work with you every step of the way to help establish and prove fault against the other driver in your case. When you have suffered an injury due to the reckless or negligent actions of another person, you should not be forced paying the bills left behind.
While your case may seem black and white to you, proving fault in a car accident case can be much more complex than it may seem. It is important that you protect yourself by only speaking with insurance companies while your attorney is present, in order to be awarded with the greatest compensation in your case.
At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers, you have an entire legal team helping you navigate this challenging time in your life. Contact us today for a free consultation and to explore your options moving forward in your car crash case in Houston, Texas.
Determining Fault for a Car Accident
After a car accident, in most states the at-fault driver will be on the financial hook for resulting vehicle damage and injuries. From a practical standpoint, it’s the at-fault driver’s car insurance company that will cover most claims arising from the accident, and the driver will usually “pay” in the form of a raised car insurance premium. Most states follow these traditional “fault” principles when it comes to legal and financial responsibility for car accident losses. If you’re in one of the dozen or so states that follow some version of a no-fault car insurance system, you’ll want to check out the “No Fault States” section below.
While differences in insurance rules have a major impact on claims, nothing has a bigger effect than the determination of who was at fault for the car accident. Sometimes fault is pretty straightforward, as when one of the drivers violated the state vehicle code or broke the unwritten “rules of the road” (as where a driver rear-ends another vehicle and three impartial witnesses saw what happened). In other (perhaps most) accident scenarios, it’s not clear who was at fault.
Proving liability in a car accident case usually means proving negligence on the part of one of the drivers, which requires establishing a few key elements:
A legal duty was breached. In the case of car accidents, this legal duty of care is the one that all drivers owe to anyone on the road—other drivers, passengers, pedestrians, bicyclists—which is to operate a vehicle in a reasonably safe manner considering all the circumstances.
The behavior of the driver who is supposedly at fault is compared to what a reasonably prudent driver would have done in the same circumstances. Failure to exercise proper care when driving usually equals a “breach” of the legal duty of care, which amounts to negligence. Proof that a driver was cited for a traffic violation in connection with the accident will go a long way toward establishing that a duty was breached, for example.
The breach of duty led to injuries. It isn’t enough for the other driver to have been negligent. The driver’s negligence had to have actually been the direct or proximate cause of the accident, which means that the accident would not have happened if the other driver had been more careful. And the negligence must have led to actual injury, vehicle damage, or other loss.
Note that insurance adjusters probably won’t talk about “legal duty” and “breach” in assessing the fault question after a crash, but the above explanation provides the underlying legal basis for the adjuster’s analysis.
The Burden of Proof Rests With You
It can be difficult to prove the other driver was at-fault. Insurance companies will actively work against you to attack your character and minimize your claim. Working with an experienced Houston car accident attorney can make it easier for you to supply substantial evidence the other driver is at-fault.
At the Law Office of Beverly R. Caruthers in Houston, we believe that all drivers who have suffered due to the negligent or reckless actions of another should be given the proper compensation for their injuries. We work with our clients to help bring them justice with no upfront costs to them. The last thing you need is more financial burden on your plate following a car accident.
No Cost Houston Car Accident Attorney Consultation
If you or someone you loved has been injured in a motor vehicle accident, due to a reckless or distracted driving from another person, we can help you. We provide free consultation for auto accidents and injury claims, providing guidance to victims when they need it most. We do not require payment until after you have been compensated for your car accident injuries.
Best Personal Injury Attorney for Car Accident in Houston
If you or someone you love has suffered an injury, experienced loss of income, or are unable to work due to a car accident, you can benefit from the services of a Houston car accident expert in your personal injury case. Whether you missed work due to an injury or due to not having access to a vehicle, Attorney Beverly R. Caruthers can help you!
Our team works hard to bring the most efficient and practical solutions to your car accident case. Beverly R. Caruthers proudly serves and defends the Greater Houston area including but not limited to Baytown, Conroe, Crosby, Humble, Huntsville, Lake Jackson, Missouri City, Pasadena, Spring, Tomball.
Our legal team is bilingual and offers Spanish speaking legal counsel for all of our clients. If you need legal representation following an incident don’t hesitate to contact Beverly R. Caruthers Law Office!
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Houston, TX 77027
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