Recovering from an injury suffered in a motor vehicle accident can take time, if a complete recovery is even possible. Medical bills will pile up fast. Doctor visits, physical therapy, surgery and prescriptions are not cheap. Should you have to cover these costs on your own?
Who Caused The Motor Vehicle Accident?
If the auto accident was caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be able to pursue a personal injury claim to recover compensation for medical bills and other costs, including lost wages. Examples of negligence include:
- Running a red light or stop sign
- Failing to yield right of way
- Drunk driving
- Texting and driving
Sometimes negligence may be clear. For example, if you were hit by a driver who ran a stop sign, you know that driver did something wrong. However, in some situations, it might not be so clear. You might not know exactly what the other driver did wrong, or you may not remember because of the severity of your injuries.
What If You Were Partly At Fault?
In many car accidents, both drivers were partially to blame. What victims do not know is that they still may be able to pursue compensation.
Texas follows a modified comparative fault rule. If you were 50 percent or less at fault, you can pursue compensation. The amount of compensation you are granted will be reduced by your percentage of fault. In other words, if you are awarded $200,000, but you were deemed to be 25 percent at fault, you will only collect 75 percent of the award, or $150,000. The percentage you are awarded may still go a long way toward covering your medical bills.
You Do Not Have To Figure This Out On Your Own
Figuring out the details of the auto accident, your percentage of fault, if any, and the amount of money you should be compensated can be extremely complex. Thankfully, you do not have to do it on your own. An experienced attorney can review your case to help you understand your options. Attorney Brian Jensen will take action on your behalf.