Texas Liability Laws

States across the country have different laws determining liability in the event of an accident. Texas is a liability state, which means that in order to recover money for damages, you need to prove that the other party caused the accident and that as a result of the accident, you sustained real, demonstrable damages. Learn how to handle this burden of proof to get the compensation you deserve.

Proving Liability in a Car Accident

Car accidents are extremely prevalent, and passenger cars account for more injuries and deaths than any other single vehicle type. All drivers have a legal responsibility to obey traffic laws and drive in a manner that does not place themselves or others in danger. In order to prove liability, you must prove the other driver violated that legal responsibility in one of the following ways:

  • Failing to keep an eye on the road.

  • Following too closely behind another motorist.

  • Failing to control a vehicle properly.

  • Failing to obey right-of-way.

  • Exceeding the speed limit.

  • Failing to obey traffic signs or lights.

  • Driving while impaired or intoxicated.


In addition to those who drive passenger vehicles, civil engineering firms or construction companies may also be held liable for causing an accident if they left debris in the road or maintained the roadway in a confusing or irresponsible manner. While these cases are more difficult to prove, they’re not impossible.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident, it’s important to hire a knowledgeable personal injury attorney to help you navigate the legal process. Our Austin personal injury attorneys have extensive trial experience and we’re prepared to go to court for you.

Don’t let your rights get violated. Contact Briggle & Polan, PLLC at (512) 400-3278 for a free case consultation today!