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Texas Negligence Laws

Failing to exercise the degree of care expected of someone in order to minimize the risk of harm to another is considered "negligence," the legal basis for many personal injury cases. For example, you may be sued for negligence if a delivery person slips and falls on a patch of ice, sustaining an injury, on the way to your front door. In that case, the homeowner has a duty to maintain a relatively safe walkway.

The basic provisions of Texas negligence laws are listed in the table below. See Negligence: Background for a general overview.

Code Section Civ. Prac. & Rem. §33.001
Comparative Negligence -
Contributory Negligence-Limit to Plaintiff's Recovery Plaintiff's negligence not greater than defendant's; award diminished in proportion to negligence (Civ. Prac. & Rem. §33.001)
Contribution Among Tortfeasors Yes; Civ. Prac. & Rem. §33.012
Uniform Act No

Note: State laws are constantly changing -- contact a Texas personal injury attorney or conduct your own legal research to verify the state law(s) you are researching.

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