Nabors Well Servs., Ltd. v. Romero (Opinion)Annotate this Case
In this case, the Supreme Court overruled its long-standing rule prohibiting self belt evidence in car accident cases. This ruling was the result of the Legislature’s overhaul of Texas’s system for apportioning fault in negligence cases and the change in law requiring seat belt use. The trial court in the instant case relied on the Court’s precedent in prohibiting seat belt evidence. The court of appeals affirmed the trial court’s judgment solely on the ground that seat belt evidence was properly excluded. The Supreme Court reversed, holding that relevant evidence of use or nonuse of seat belts is admissible for the purpose of apportioning responsibility in civil lawsuits, provided that the plaintiff’s conduct caused or was a cause of his damages. Remanded.