• By: Graham Sutliff
  • Published: July 2020

houston car accident lawyerWhile most severe vehicle accidents involve more than one car, that is not always the case for accidents in Texas. When single-vehicle accidents do occur, most people assume that the driver is automatically at fault. That, however, is not always the case. If you’ve been in a single-vehicle accident in Texas, we suggest contacting one of our experienced car accident lawyers to see if a claim might exist.

How is the Liable Party Determined in a Single Vehicle Accident?

The at-fault party (or parties) in a car accident is responsible for all damages that resulted from the collision. There are three categories that liable parties generally fall under for causing a vehicle accident in Texas: manufacturers, property owners, or another driver on the road.

Manufacturing Flaws

Flaws with parts of the vehicle, like the tires or the car itself, can remove fault from the driver onto the manufacturer. Determining which party is responsible depends on a number of different factors that an experienced lawyer can discuss with you.

Defensive Driving

The negligence of another driver on the road can cause an accident in more ways than one. For example, if a driver pulls out in front of you and you swerve to avoid the collision and, in doing so, wreck your car you can hold the other person responsible for the collision. These cases can be challenging so it is important to have strong evidence, like witness testimony, to prove the other driver was at fault.

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Establishing Fault in a Texas Single Vehicle Accident

For a successful injury lawsuit against another party in a single-vehicle accident, you must have sufficient proof to establish fault. A few critical pieces of evidence that will strengthen your case include documentation from the accident, eye-witness testimony, and expert opinions.


Accident documentation noted immediately after the crash occurred is extremely valuable when assigning fault. If you’re able to do so, take photos with your phone to document the crash scene as soon as possible. Be sure to include pictures of your vehicle at all angles and the entire crash site where the accident occurred.


If there were witnesses at the crash scene, be sure to get their contact information so your lawyer can reach out to them. If there are nearby business cameras, see if they have footage of the collision.

Talk to an Experienced Car Accident Attorney for Help Finding Fault After Your Accident

Determining the party at fault after a car accident is not always a cut and dry process. If you’ve experienced a single-vehicle accident in Texas and believe another party, driver, or agency is liable for your injuries, an experienced car accident attorney at Sutliff & Stout can help. To schedule a free consultation and discuss your car accident with a qualified attorney, call (713) 987-7111 or complete our contact form.

About the Author

Graham Sutliff is a founding partner at Sutliff & Stout, Injury & Accident Law Firm. Among other awards and certifications, he is Board Certified in Personal Injury Trial Law and has been recognized by Thomson Reuters as a Super Lawyer for the past decade. In 2019 alone, Graham recovered hundreds of millions of dollars for his clients who were injured by others. To learn more about Graham, click here.

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