Being involved in a
car accident is a frightening, stressful, and emotionally overwhelming experience no
matter the circumstances; however, it can be especially frustrating if
you’re involved in a crash caused by an uninsured or underinsured motorist.
Although it is required by Texas law that all drivers have a liability
policy on their vehicle, not everyone does. According to several studies,
as many as one in five drivers in Texas do not have insurance.
So if you were struck by an uninsured motorist, you may be wondering what
to do next.
After seeking immediate medical attention, take the following steps to
ensure that you obtain financial compensation for your injuries and damages:
Check your car insurance policy – The first step is to see what type of car insurance you have on
your policy, specifically if you have Uninsured Motorist (UM) or Underinsured
Motorist (UIM) coverage. This is a type of insurance that you can purchase
when you purchase automobile coverage for your own vehicle. If you have
it, your insurance company will help pay for your damages, up to the limits
of the policy, if the at-fault driver doesn’t have enough insurance
to compensate you for your injuries or damages. Without UM/UIM coverage,
it may be extremely difficult to secure the compensation necessary to
obtain adequate medical treatment.
Contact a lawyer – Whether or not you have UM/UIM coverage, there may be other types
of coverage on your policy which could benefit your case. Keep your eye
out for policies such as “uninsured/underinsured motorist bodily
injury” or “uninsured motorist/underinsured property damage.”
File a lawsuit against the uninsured driver – If you do not have any coverage such as the ones listed above,
you may be forced to sue the uninsured motorist directly. Texas is considered
a no-fault state, meaning that if the uninsured driver caused your accident,
injuries and property damage, you may be entitled to sue for damages.
Unfortunately, if a motorist cannot afford adequate car insurance, it
is unlikely that he or she will have much to offer financially, despite
Since there is such a high percentage of uninsured drivers in Texas, it
is wise that you should have uninsured motorist coverage from your own
insurance company at limits you are comfortable with. Avoid having to
pay for damages caused by someone else out of your own pocket.
If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a negligent motorist,
request a free consultation with our
Fort Worth personal injury attorney at the
Law Office of James M. Stanley today.