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The other driver was at-fault for the accident. What happens now?

If the other driver was deemed to be completely at fault and a traffic citation, witnesses and video recordings may back you up, then the other driver’s insurance company pays compensation for the losses your suffered, any lost wages and medical bills. However, if you are deemed to be partly at-fault for the crash, then the modified comparative fault rule kicks in.

Generally, in most car crashes a jury (should the case go to court) is tasked with figuring out evidence based things, the total amount of damages involved in a car accident and the percentage of fault assigned to each party. Using the modified comparative fault rule the jury and/or judge then reduces a plaintiff’s award by the percentage equal to his or her fault in the accident.

If you are more than 50 percent at-fault for the collision, you do not receive damages. In Texas you must be no more than 50 percent at-fault to recover damages from another at-fault party. You may not know this, but the determination of fault also plays a role in when a car insurance claims adjuster evaluates your case.

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