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Did Somebody Hit You in Dallas and Flee the State?

When it comes to dealing with traffic accident caused by out-of-state drivers, experience matters. There may be complicated legal issues involved, and insurance companies that don’t normally operate in Texas might drag their feet when it comes to paying out the money you deserve.

Another big problem is out-of-state drivers who think they can evade responsibility for their actions by returning to their home state and pretending the whole thing never happened. It takes persistence and know-how to hold these people accountable.

If you’ve been hurt in an accident caused by a driver from another state, contact the Dallas car crash attorneys at The Lenahan Law Firm today. We’ll investigate your accident so we can file a claim against the negligent driver no matter where they live. And we aren’t afraid to stand up to the big insurance companies.

Call (214) 295-1008 to learn more today.

Problems Caused by Out-of-State Drivers

Drivers are more likely to get in accidents when they’re unfamiliar with the local roads. Out-of-state drivers can also cause crashes when they’re checking their GPS for directions.

Sometimes out-of-state drivers think they can simply avoid the consequences of their actions. And though we do some things differently around here, Texas is not a foreign country. When a car accident happens in Texas, it doesn’t always stay in Texas.

Drivers who flee the state can be tracked down anywhere in the country. Texas Law and Supreme Court precedent allow authorities in Texas to establish jurisdiction over nonresidents when their actions impact Texas residents.

If you were injured in an accident caused by an out-of-state driver, our Dallas car accident lawyers at The Lenahan Law Firm can file a claim no matter what part of the country they call home. If they try to ignore the claim, we’ll file judgement with a local Texas court to domesticate the judgment. The negligent will be in default if they refuse to pay up in time. That means we can get a local court in their home jurisdiction to enforce the judgement.

Making Out-of-State Insurance Carriers Pay Up

Drivers in Texas are required to carry the following minimums levels of coverage with their insurance carrier:

  • $30,000 per person in bodily injury
  • $60,000 per accident in bodily injury
  • $25,000 property damage per accident

Many states such as Louisiana have lower minimum insurance coverage laws. But when a driver is visiting another state, insurance companies are legally required to automatically adjust their rates to honor the legal minimums in the state where the accident occurs.

Sometimes insurance companies will try to get away with paying the lower rate from the driver’s home state, but we know all their tricks and we’ll force them to give you the proper compensation for an accident that happens in Texas.

Local Jurisdiction Rules

Regional insurance companies like to play games and act like they can ignore Texas Law, but this simply isn’t the case. State jurisdiction is paramount in these cases. Your personal injury attorney has the legal right to extend local jurisdiction to protect you from shady insurance companies.

We’ve had out-of-state insurance carriers try to use the following tricks to attempt to deny claims:

  • Pretend that they don’t understand Texas law
  • Make unacceptable lowball offers
  • Use confusion about jurisdiction to try to deny claims

Fortunately, local state rules will ultimately dictate the course of a lawsuit. Using persistence and a deep understanding of the law, we’ve learned how to come out on top in these disputes.

Accidents Involving Out-of-State Truck Drivers

There are strict federal laws regulating the trucking industry, to make sure drivers are operating vehicles safely. But greedy trucking companies will often flaunt these laws to make a few extra bucks.

If you or a loved one has been injured in an accident caused by a careless big rig trucker, there’s a good chance the company is headquartered in another state. No matter where a truck driver is from, the company that employs them is responsible for the following:

  • Hiring employees with safe driving records
  • Making sure trucks are properly loaded
  • Keeping all their trucks in good working order
  • Preventing drivers from logging too many hours
  • Making sure drivers are properly trained

Irresponsible truck drivers and the companies that employ them can’t hide from the law in Texas!

We’re on Your Side

You shouldn’t have to pay for injuries caused by someone else’s careless behavior. At The Lenahan Law Firm, we’ve won millions of dollars in lawsuits for people who were injured in automobile accidents.

Call (214) 295-1008 to schedule a FREE consultation today. You won’t have to pay us anything unless we win your case.

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