All drivers in Texas are required to carry minimum liability coverage of $25,000 per injured person, and up to a total of $50,000 for everyone injured in a motor vehicle accident. Alarmingly, it’s estimated that up to 20% of drivers in Texas are uninsured at any given time.
Even when the other driver has auto insurance, many times the minimum amounts are not enough to cover all damages. In addition to the minimum coverage amounts, Texas drivers can purchase additional collision coverage, personal injury protection (PIP), medical payments coverage (MedPay), and uninsured/underinsured motorist coverage (UM/UIM).
If you’ve been in a car accident that was not your fault and the driver of the other vehicle has no liability insurance, the only recourse may be to pursue a claim against uninsured motorist coverage (UM) on your own auto insurance policy. Uninsured motorist coverage is insurance you buy to protect yourself in case you’re in an accident with an uninsured driver. Texas law requires that every auto insurance policy automatically include UM coverage, unless the buyer (you) rejects that coverage in writing.
If the negligent driver is underinsured, the driver’s automobile insurance policy may not provide enough coverage for your monetary damages. Similar to uninsured motorist coverage, you may have to pursue an additional legal claim against your own underinsured motorist coverage to pay for injury and property damages that exceed the at-fault driver’s insurance coverage amounts.
If you’ve been in a car accident and find yourself in this situation, but are unsure about whether the other party’s liability coverage is adequate, it’s wise to consult a Dallas personal injury lawyer who can help you sort through the insurance issues and the complex insurance claim filings that follow most wrecks.
Our DFW car accident lawyers offer free initial legal consultations on personal injury cases. If you have been injured, you should contact a Dallas TX personal injury attorney immediately to help you determine what insurance coverage is in place to cover your medical expenses and lost wages, and so that you can take steps to protect your legal rights. Call our law firm at (972) 231-5800 for more information or click here to contact us by email.