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Driver responsibilities under Texas car accident law

February 12, 2010

When you choose to get behind the wheel of a motor vehicle and drive, you are taking on certain responsibilities.

Texas law requires you to exercise reasonable care when driving to avoid harming others. A person who fails to fulfill this responsibility may be found negligent and be held legally and financially responsible for the injuries and damage they caused as a result of that negligence.

In Texas, one of the most important driver responsibilities is the duty to maintain a “proper lookout.”

“Proper lookout” is a term used to describe a driver’s responsibility to intelligently and carefully observe the road, other motorists and their general surroundings while driving. As a driver, you have a duty to take reasonable steps to avoid car accidents.

The proper lookout standard is used by Texas courts to help determine who is at fault for a car accident.

Other driver responsibilities include:

  • Driving at a reasonable speed for the current conditions
  • Keeping your car in good repair and working order
  • Maintaining control of your vehicle

If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent driver, you should seek the immediate advice of a qualified Texas personal injury attorney. At Fears | Nachawati, we provide free legal advice to car accident victims.


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