How Do You Determine Liability in a Texas Personal Injury Case?May 22, 2018
Determining liability for an accident can require additional investigation and various pieces of evidence. Understanding how fault determinations are made in personal injury cases can be helpful to:
- Collecting and preserving the right pieces of evidence to support a future claim
- Avoiding any missteps that could result in wrong liability determinations and/or reduced recoveries.
While an experienced Houston personal injury lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm is ready to help you determine liability for a potential claim, the following highlights the key pieces of evidence that are typically integral to liability determinations in personal injury cases.
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3 Pieces of Evidence That Can Be Essential to Liability Determinations in Personal Injury Claims
- Pictures of the accident scene and damage – These photographs can show contributing factors to the accident, as well as details like the point of impact and the features at, or condition of, the scene. For instance, if you are in a car crash, take as many photos as possible of the damage to all vehicles involved and any surrounding road features. Also snap pictures of the scene as a whole and the visible injuries. While these pictures can serve as key evidence, they may also lead you to other potential evidence (like tire tread marks or new witnesses).
- Witness statements – Witnesses can help backup or clarify what occurred prior to, during and after the accident. While it’s advisable to collect witnesses’ names and contact information as soon as possible after the accident, this information may also be available in a future accident report (like a police report, for instance).
- Expert statements – Experts, like accident reconstructionists, can conduct follow-up investigations and provide deeper insights as to how an accident occurred and, consequently, which parties are at fault for it. This can be especially important if liability is being questioned, denied or wrongly pinned on you.
While the above evidence can be key to liability determinations in personal injury cases, the following types of evidence can also help support these cases by establishing the extent of damages and losses the victim has sustained:
- Medical records and bills – This evidence can help establish the extent of your injuries and the costs associated with treating them. These records can also be important to demonstrating the nature and expenses of future or ongoing treatments you may need for your injuries.
- Bank statements, tax returns or other records showing lost earnings – Records proving the income losses you have suffered due the accident and injuries are also important to demonstrating the full extent of your losses.
- Property repair bills or replacement receipts – If the accident damaged or destroyed your property (like a vehicle or cellphone, for instance), keep damage estimates, repair bills or receipts showing replacement costs to help prove these losses for a future claim.
Of course, evidence beyond the above may also be needed to support a personal injury case and bring it to a successful resolution. A lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm can explain the evidence you need to prove liability and damages for your claim. That can be essential to setting your case up for success and any possible recovery.
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If you or a loved one has been injured by another’s negligence, contact a Houston personal injury lawyer at the Amaro Law Firm for essential advice regarding your options for pursuing compensation and justice.
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