Wrong Way Accident Example of Res Ipsa Loquitur?

In the early hours of Saturday morning, a man driving a pickup truck in Fort Worth decided to drive the wrong way down I-30. Tragically, he didn’t stop endangering the lives of dozens of motorists until he struck a sedan head on, seriously injuring the driver.


Legal Commentary – Majed Nachawati – Author

From a legal standpoint, Saturday’s accident presents more than meets the eye. To the layperson, the driver looks negligent. To an experienced attorney, however, this accident raises a legal presumption known as res ipsa loquitur.


A Latin phrase meaning “the thing speaks for itself,” the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur applies to actions in which the very nature of the accident suggests that an actor had a duty of care and breached it. In the accident last weekend, it’s equally clear that drivers have a duty not to drive the wrong direction down a highway and that the allegedly drunk driver of the truck was doing just that.


In the context of a personal injury lawsuit, the application of the doctrine of res ipsa loquitur can substantially improve the likelihood that a victim will find justice. For this reason, it’s important that if you’re in an accident you find an attorney who understands how this important doctrine and others like it may apply to your case. Fortunately for you, the attorneys at Fears | Nachawati are dedicated to this area of the law.


About the Author

Attorney Majed Nachawati, who grew up in the D/FW metroplex, provides experienced, vigorous counsel to victims like you. That’s why Mr. Nachawati has been recognized as a Super Lawyer and Top Lawyer in Wrongful Death and Serious Personal Injury Cases across the nation. He has recovered millions for his clients and is a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Association, the Million Dollar Advocates Forum and the American Association of Justice. To discuss your case with Mr. Nachawati, contact him by email at mn@fnlawfirm.com or by phone at 1.866.705.7584. His legal background is featured at:



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