Who is Liable for a Rear-End Accident in Houston, Texas?
At Charles J. Argento, our experienced personal injury attorney in Houston was admitted to the Texas bar more than three decades ago, and has consistently evolved with our clients to ensure we are proactively approaching their financial recovery needs after they have been injured in a car accident or truck crash.
Over the year, one of the most common questions we have received is, who is liable for a rear-end collision on our Texas roadways?
Unfortunately, the answer is not always clear, and will require a skilled investigative personal injury attorney to fully outline the case.
We can help.
Here are a few things that can occur after a rear-end collision, and different ways we can help prove the driver who hit you is liable for your full financial recovery.
Do Not Assume the Texas Driver Who Hit You Will Take Responsibility for Your Injuries
When our clients are rear-ended by another driver, they assume the negligent party will accept responsibility for the crash. Certainly, the fact that the driver ran into your car must account for something, right?
Keep in mind, no one wants to get their insurance company involved in a claim. That is especially true if they are high-risk drivers who will experience an exceptional increase in their policy’s rate as a result, or if they are driving without a license or auto insurance.
This is when they will begin to blame you for the accident.
The other driver may try to claim that your taillights were not working, or that you slammed on your brakes unnecessarily, causing the collision, or even that you backed up into their vehicle.
We can help prove your case, but even the best legal representation requires you to act immediately after the crash occurs.
What Can I Do to Help Improve My Chances of Holding the At-Fault Driver Liable for My Accident Damages?
After a rear-end collision occurs, contact the Houston Police Department right away.
Never let another driver convince you that he or she will do the right thing and pay for the damages, even if you do not have an accident report. That is almost never the case.
When a law enforcement officer arrives on the scene, allow them to establish how the collision took place by recording all the evidence and statements in an official police report.
Next, seek medical attention right away to ensure any possible injuries are identified by a healthcare professional immediately. Keep in mind, even traumatic injuries can be masked by the adrenaline of the crash, and can cause significant medical problems, including whiplash and head injuries among others, which can become permanent, or even fatal without immediate medical attention.
To pursue an auto accident claim against the at-fault driver, we must prove that you were hurt in the collision, and that fact will be confirmed through your medical records.
Do I Need a Personal Injury Attorney After a Houston Rear-End Collision?
If you were injured by a negligent party in Texas, contact our experienced personal injury attorney in Harris County at Charles J. Argento & Associates today to schedule a free consultation by calling (713) 225-5050 or by contacting us online to discuss your case to learn more about your legal rights and options to pursue the negligent party for your full financial recovery.
If we do not produce a positive outcome for your case, you do not pay our legal fees.