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What Problems Can Complicate a Texas Car Accident Claim?

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b2ap3_thumbnail_shutterstock_250536808.jpg Car accidents are not always as clear-cut as a rear-end collision at a red light or a drunk driver going the wrong way and causing a head-on collision. Sometimes, determining liability after a car wreck can be complicated from either a practical standpoint or a legal standpoint, or even a combination of both. If you were hurt in a motor vehicle accident that involves one of these circumstances, do not be discouraged. While your claim might be a bit more complicated, recovering compensation is still possible. It is best to get in touch with an attorney quickly after a complex accident, as the sooner an investigation can begin, the more evidence may still be available. 

What Issues Can Make a Car Accident Claim More Complex?

More complex car accidents can sometimes require a little more investigation, especially when who was actually at fault is disputed. Your claim may be more complicated in case involving: 

  • Multiple vehicles - In pile-ups or accidents involving more than two vehicles, sorting out who is at fault and for what can be a challenge. Often, the blame is shared by more than one other driver. For example, if one driver stopped too closely behind you at a red light and was pushed into your vehicle after himself being rear-ended. In this event, you may have a claim against more than one driver. 

  • Partial fault - It is not uncommon for the driver who was not at fault to still be at least partially responsible for an accident. In Texas, the amount of any compensation you may receive would be reduced by your percentage of fault. So if you are found 25% at fault for a crash, your award would be reduced by 25%. However, if you are found 51% responsible or more, your recovery could be barred. This assignment of fault percentage is often disputed. 

  • No insurance - If the driver who hit you was uninsured or underinsured, it could be more difficult to recover damages. Depending on whether you have uninsured motorist coverage on your own policy, you may have several options. One may be filing a lawsuit directly against the other driver. 

  • Hit-and-run - If the driver who caused your accident did not stop, your path to recovering compensation may look a bit different. Finding the at-fault driver is always ideal. In some cases, an investigation conducted by an attorney’s office can help. 

If you were hurt in a car accident where one of these circumstances was present, you will want to speak with an attorney sooner rather than later. The sooner you begin the claims process, the easier it will be to uncover evidence. 

Call a Texas Car Accident Lawyer

The Edwards Law Firm is skilled at seeking compensation for our clients in even the most complicated car crash cases. Our experienced Corpus Christi car accident attorneys will begin investigating your case as soon as possible to preserve the necessary evidence. Call us at 361-698-7600 to schedule a free consultation. 

Source:

https://statutes.capitol.texas.gov/Docs/IN/htm/IN.1952.htm#:~:text=(a)%20In%20this%20section%2C,from%20owners%20or%20operators%20of

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