Car Accident Liability: Who Is to Blame?

McAllen Car Accident Attorney

Liability is defined by Encarta Dictionary as an obligation under law, or "legal responsibility for something, especially costs or damages." This is a crucial issue to address after a car accident. It will be necessary to determine who caused the collision and therefore what party or parties can be held accountable for injuries, property damage and other harm that has resulted from the accident. This is an area in which our McAllen car accident attorneys excel.

If you were involved in a car accident anywhere in or near the McAllen area, the legal professionals at Stern Law Group may be able to help you. We have more than 150 years of combined legal experience and have helped more than 30,000 clients through our years in practice. With our understanding of car accident insurance claims and lawsuits, along with our resources, we are able to conduct complete investigations into what factor or factors led to a collision and therefore what party can be held liable. You can find out more about our firm and our attorneys by calling for a free consultation.

Another Driver

Most of the time, fault in a car accident lies with a driver. Driver negligence is the leading cause of traffic accidents in Texas and across the country, and this may take on many forms. Negligence may be described as any action or inaction by a driver that constitutes a failure to operate a vehicle in a reasonably safe manner. Texting while driving, speeding, drunk driving and tailgating are examples of driver negligence that may cause car accidents.

When another driver is to blame for a car accident, a victim may be able to seek financial compensation from that driver's auto insurance policy. The victim may be able to seek and recover money for property damage, medical bills, lost earnings and even emotional trauma. The value of a victim's claim will vary depending on the extent of injury sustained and the extent of coverage in the at-fault driver's auto insurance policy. If there is insufficient coverage, our attorneys can look to additional sources to ensure our client is fully compensated.

Auto Manufacturers & Other Parties

There are some accidents where an auto manufacturer or other party may be held partially or wholly to blame. If an accident was caused by a poorly designed or defective auto part, such as faulty brakes, a victim can file a personal injury lawsuit against the manufacturer or other company that is responsible for allowing the defective product to reach consumers. These are often referred to as product liability cases.

A municipality or government entity may be held responsible for auto accidents caused by hazardous roadways, depending on the particular collision. These parties have an obligation to make sure roads are safe and reasonably free from hazards, and this includes ensuring they are properly designed, inspected and maintained. If we can prove that they failed to uphold this duty, we may be able to seek compensation for a victim injured in a collision caused by a road defect.

Representing Clients in McAllen, Texas

If you want to find out who should be held responsible for your car accident and what your case may be worth, call to arrange a free case review with one of our legal professionals. When a McAllen car accident lawyer from our firm takes on your case, you can feel confident that we will use all of the tools at our disposal to seek justice and hold all at-fault parties liable. Call our offices today to get started.