Were you or a loved one seriously injured in a crash and have questions about recovering car accident compensation in Texas? At Chavez Law Firm, our El Paso personal injury lawyers will make sure you get the full compensation you deserve. We truly care about the health and well-being of all our clients, and we will treat your case no differently. Contact our office to schedule a free case evaluation.
Recovering Car Accident Compensation in Texas | Economic Damages
There are two types of damages that you can recover for in a car accident claim: economic and non-economic damages. Economic damages are easily calculated. These include past and future medical expenses (related to your injury) and all potential lost wages you may be missing out on. Your economic damages can be determined by looking at your medical receipts, pay wages, and time missed from work.
Recovering Car Accident Compensation in Texas | Non-Economic Damages
Non-economic damages are harder to calculate. This includes your emotional pain and suffering that you sustained from the accident. Pain and suffering are damages that do not have dollar amounts attached to it. This needs to be determined and negotiated between your lawyers and the insurance company.
Recovering Car Accident Compensation in Texas | Modified Comparative Negligence
Once there is a dollar amount determined, there is one more factor that goes into how much you can collect. In Texas, we follow something called modified comparative negligence, which means the role you played in causing the accident will affect your compensation award. Texas does allow you to collect an award even if you are partially at fault. The way modified comparative negligence works is as follows:
- If you are 0% at fault, your compensation is unaffected
- If you are 1% – 50% at fault, you have a reduced compensation award
- If you are more than 50% at fault, you will not be allowed to collect compensation
The fault that you have in the accident will be determined during insurance negotiations. For example, if someone was speeding a little bit while they were driving, but got hit by someone blowing a red light, they might be deemed 10% at fault. If someone with 10% fault was awarded $100,000 in damages, then it would have to be reduced to $90,000 to account for their role in the accident.
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You deserve to have strong, dedicated, and experienced representation for your case. Our El Paso car accident lawyers are here to guide you every step of the way to get you the results you need. Please call Chavez Law firm today to set up your free, initial consultation. We keep an eye toward trial for each case.