Lubbock Teenager Dies After Car-Surfing Accident
A 17-year-old Lubbock boy died after playing a game of “car-surfing.” Car-surfers ride on the hood of a moving car, presumably in an attempt to simulate traditional surfing. Ryan Austin Weitman was riding on the hood of a Toyota Camry with another teen, and two more teenagers were in the car. The driver of the Camry turned to prevent the car from driving onto a field, and Weitman was subsequently thrown from the hood of the car. Weitman was pronounced dead at Covenant Medical Center. The police were investigating possible charges against the driver of the vehicle. There is no word yet on whether the family of Ryan Austin Weitman plans to bring suit in connection with Weitman’s death.
Car accidents happen frequently in Lubbock, Odessa-Midland, Tyler, Beaumont, Dallas, and all throughout Texas. It’s important to know what to do if it happens to you.
What if my injuries are partially my fault?
Before admitting to guilt of any kind after an accident, it is important to contact an attorney. Even if you believe that you are undeniably at fault, do not make a snap decision to admit. You don’t want to admit for several reasons. First of all, while you may think you are at fault, you might not be at fault in the eyes of the law. Second, it is difficult to gain perspective on an accident when emotions are running high, especially if the other party is emotionally manipulative or aggressive. You could admit to something that you later realize was not your fault. Third, there could be factors you are unaware of when you first think you are at fault. For example, you might think you did not signal soon enough and that’s what caused a car accident when, in fact, the other driver was drinking. Fourth, and most importantly, should you later realize you were not at fault, or that you were not entirely at fault, and you want make an insurance claim or go to court, you could have a more difficult time. It might be more difficult because any statements you made admitting guilt can be used as evidence against you.
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Even if you are partially at fault for your own injuries, you can still recover damages from a third party that contributed to the harm. As discussed in the previous post, in Texas any defendant that is found more than 50 percent responsible for your injuries is jointly and severally liable with a right of contribution. If the jury finds you partially at fault for your injuries, then you are subject to the doctrine of contributory negligence. That means that you, the injured party, are responsible for covering whatever percentage of your injuries that you caused. For example, if your total injuries are worth $100,000 in damages and a jury finds that you are 25 percent responsible for your injuries, then you are only able to recover $75,000 from the defendant or defendants. The remaining $25,000, or 25 percent, of the damages are your responsibility.
If you or a loved one has been injured, please contact one of our experienced and compassionate attorneys in your local office.
Lubbock Personal Injury Lawyer Brian Loncar Lyon Jenkins.