Is Texas an ‘At-Fault’ State?

In a “no-fault” state there is no determination made of who caused a traffic accident. The insurance of each person covers their vehicle and its occupants. Texas is not a no-fault state. Texas is an “at-fault” state.

Texas is a state where if a vehicle accident occurs, there is a determination made of who is at-fault for causing the accident. The fault may be apportioned between more than one person involved in the accident according to a percentage of how much each person is at-fault.

What does ‘at-fault’ mean?

If a dispute exists over who is at-fault for causing an accident, this determination may be made by a court of the proper jurisdiction Under Texas law, the at-fault party (or parties) has to pay the damages caused by the accident.

Texas law requires every person operating a vehicle to have auto insurance of certain minimum levels. That insurance has to pay a claim for the damages caused by the person who is at fault. A covered claim is paid up to the policy limits of an auto policy.

If the damages exceed the amount covered by the insurance, then the injured party can sue the at-fault party. The injured party can sue to collect more money from the at-fault party, up to the total damages awarded by a court judgment.

Better Auto Insurance than the Bare Minimums

Just getting the minimum auto insurance coverage required by Texas law does not usually provide adequate protection. The minimum amounts are far too low to cover the costs of the damages that may be caused by an accident. Discuss this with your agent at StraightEdge Insurance Agency, serving Georgetown, TX and the surrounding area.

The damages may be to the vehicles involved and also to the injured people who have medical bills and lose time from work. In the worst-case scenario, if someone is killed by the accident, there needs to be compensation paid to the surviving family member(s) of that person who died.

Consider Personal Injury Protection

Even though Texas does not have a legal requirement for vehicle owners to have personal injury protection (PIP), it is still worthwhile to consider it. If the person who is at-fault for causing an accident cannot pay or is operating a vehicle illegally without having insurance, then having the extra protection from PIP in place, can be very helpful.

Contact your agent at StraightEdge Insurance Agency in Georgetown, TX by calling or get a quote for auto insurance by using our online rating tool.