If you were injured in a car wreck, your first concern is getting better. Your second probably involves seeking compensation for what happened. Maybe the accident totaled your car and you need a new one. Or perhaps the wreck damaged other property. If the other person was at fault, their insurance should pay, but maybe you’re wondering whose fault was it? If one driver is guilty of any of these common Texas traffic law violations, it could be their fault.
Most Common Moving Violation
You probably could have guessed speeding is the most common Texas traffic law violation. The National Safety Council says speeding causes one in three wrecks in the United States.
If police ticket one driver for speeding, there’s a very high chance the wreck is their fault. If you suspect the other driver was speeding and they didn’t receive a ticket, we can help. We’ll talk to witnesses, go over the police report, review physical evidence like skid marks and road debris and pursue every other avenue to hold the driver responsible for the crime of speeding that caused your accident.
Cell Phone Use
Lawmakers in every city already approved or are working on legislation regarding texting and driving. In every part of Texas, the law bans drivers from using a hand-held cell phone in school zones. New drivers face additional cell phone use restrictions any time they’re behind the wheel. Still, it’s one of the most common causes of car wrecks.
Stop Sign/StopLight Violations
Sit at any stoplight in the area for just a few minutes and you’ll see cars barrelling through after the light changes from yellow to red. Most of the time drivers get away with it, but sometimes their haste results in a wreck.
If it happens to you at major intersections, the good news here is there’s probably camera footage of the violation. We can request that footage and use it to prove fault.
Running a stop sign is just as bad. Texas drivers receive a ticket, fines and possibly a reckless driving conviction.
Failure to Yield
In Texas, failure to yield means a driver went when it wasn’t their turn. There doesn’t have to be a yield sign, it’s based on the rules of the road. For example, if one driver is going straight and another tries to make a last minute left turn into a gas station parking lot and they don’t make it before the first driver hits them, that’s a failure to yield. The driver who turned left will probably receive a ticket and be found at fault.
That includes areas partitioned off for pedestrians. If a driver hits someone on foot crossing at a crosswalk, that collision is also failure to yield.
Lane Change Violations
Weaving through traffic with no regard for other drivers isn’t just rude, it causes wrecks. If your wreck happened because of a lane change, the person who made the change is likely at fault. The same thing applies when one car is passing another on a two-lane road.
All the above are moving violations, but driving under the influence (DUI) is a criminal offense. If police found one driver to be driving under the influence, we can usually prove negligence in your case.
More Common Texas Traffic Law Violations
There’s a long list of traffic violations that can cause an accident. If you’re not sure, the best thing to do is talk to an attorney. At Monsour Law Firm, you can do that for free. We offer complimentary case reviews, and if you hire us to represent you, we don’t get paid unless you receive a settlement. Get in touch to schedule your consultation today.