$16 Million Truck Accident
Buckingham & Vega obtained a $16 million settlement in a truck accident case. The truck driver was speeding and inattentive (texting) and crashed into the rear of a pickup truck stopped at a stoplight.
$14 Million Dram Shop Liability
Our team obtained a $14 million dram shop verdict on behalf of a client who was injured due to negligence.
13 Million Truck Accident
Our team secured a 13 million settlement in a truck accident case. An eighteen-wheeler made an unsafe turn in front of a car driven by a grandmother and her family. The grandmother was killed and the family suffered severe injuries.
Texas Fault Laws
One of the first things that your lawyer will look into when you’ve been in a car wreck is who was at fault. In Texas, we follow a modified comparative fault law, which we call proportionate responsibility. This means that if you and the other party share fault in the accident, that your compensation could be modified to the proportion that you were at fault for.
For instance, if you were found to be 10 percent at fault while the other party was 90 percent at fault, your compensation would be reduced by the 10 percent that you were deemed responsible. Additionally, if you are found to be more than 50 percent at fault for what happened, you won’t be able to recover any compensation at all.
That’s why it’s important to have an attorney on your side—they’ll be able to accurately determine how much you contributed to causing the accident and whether or not you’re eligible for compensation. Once they calculate your amount of fault, if any, they’ll guide you through your case.
Under this fault system, it’s required for all Texas drivers to carry minimum amounts of car insurance for liability. The Texas Department of Insurance outlines the minimum requirements for liability auto insurance in our state, which are:
- $30,000 per accident for injuries per person
- $60,000 per accident for total injuries
- $25,000 per accident for property damage
With this coverage, you can ensure that you’re following the law as well as feel protected in the event of an accident. However, if another person was at fault for your collision, you’ll likely use their insurance to pay for your damages.
You might still have questions about fault. Talking to an Austin, TX car accident attorney from our firm can help answer your biggest questions. We have experience with cases like yours, and will know exactly how to handle your claim.
Common Causes of Auto Wrecks in Austin
One of the main ways to determine who was at fault was to look into the cause of your car accident. Your car accident lawyer will ask you for every detail of your accident but will likely fixate on the cause so that they can work to prove who was responsible for causing it.
Here are some of the most common causes of car crashes in Austin that could help your attorney figure out who was responsible for the wreck: