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Uninsured Driver Accidents

WFPD to Impound Cars of Uninsured Drivers

The City of Wichita Falls is implementing an impound policy for the cars of uninsured drivers. Beginning on Tuesday, October 15th, if a driver can’t produce proof of insurance or a valid driver’s license during a routine traffic stop, his or her car will be towed immediately. Drivers will be expected to pay for the cost of towing in addition to the $25 fee to get their cars back. Iowa Park has implemented a similar policy. Manuel Borrego, Police Chief with the Wichita Falls Police Department, will address questions about the new policy this Tuesday morning, at the Wichita Falls City Council meeting.

Deterring Uninsured Motorists

Uninsured and underinsured drivers put everybody on the road at risk. Officials with the Wichita Falls Police Department are hoping this new policy will deter uninsured and underinsured motorists from getting behind the wheel. It will immediately remove uninsured motorists from the roadways. Additionally, it will be expensive to get their cars back. We reported on the initial proposal last July. Chief Borrego was a major proponent for this policy’s institution.

Uninsured Motorist Facts

lt;li>About 20 percent of motorists in Texas are uninsured.

  • Texans pay almost $900 million to protect themselves from the uninsured and the underinsured.
  • Responsible drivers spent $10.8 billion protecting themselves from uninsured motorists in 2007.

 

The Costs Associated with Wrecks Involving Uninsured Motorists

Responsible drivers are picking up the slack for uninsured motorists. Insurance companies certainly don’t plan on letting these costs impact their bottom lines. They pass the expenses on to their policy holders. Responsible drivers know that they’re absorbing theadditional costs involved with uninsured drivers. Collisions involving uninsured or underinsured motorists can be complicated too. Even with an uninsured motorist policy, it can be difficult to collect money for medical bills and damages.

What to Do After a Wreck

It’s important to contact an attorney as quickly as possible after a car accident. A lawyer can get the ball rolling on your case. Even if you have an uninsured motorist policy, it can still be difficult to collect from your insurance company. If you’ve been injured in a wreck with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, contact the experienced team at the Altman Legal Group at 940-761-4000 for a free consultation.

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We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

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Resolve automobile property damage claims.
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Uninsured Motorists May Get Their Cars Impounded

Chief Manuel Borrego, of the Wichita Falls Police Department, is recommending that all uninsured vehicles be impounded. This proposal could mean that the vehicles of uninsured motorists could be impounded without a prior written citation. Chief Borrego believes that this strategy might help to make Texas roadways safer. He thinks the current laws just aren’t doing enough to keep uninsured motorists off of the streets.

The Wichita Falls Police Department reports that over 1000 citations for uninsured motorists have already been issued this year. Unfortunately, the current impound facility may not be large enough for the proposed change. Chief Borrego has suggested that a new impound facility on Armory Road would be large enough to accommodate a greater number of impounded vehicles.

If uninsured motorists are at risk of having their cars impounded, they may stay off of the roads. This could help to keep irresponsible drivers off of Texas roadways. In addition, it will also help to protect insured, law-abiding, Texas motorists. Chief Borrego is quick to point out that many different cities in Texas and across the country have already implemented this type of law. The current law calls for drivers in Texas to show proof of insurance. In many cases, only a written citation or ticket is given. If this proposal goes into action, uninsured motorists could have their vehicles impounded on the spot.

According to the Texas Department of Motor Vehicles about 20 percent of Texas motorists are uninsured. Unfortunately, the burden of uninsured and underinsured drivers on the road falls on responsible Texas drivers. Texans are spending more on insurance premiums to protect themselves from irresponsible motorists. The Texas Department of Motor Vehicles also reports that Texans are paying almost $900 million to protect themselves against uninsured and underinsured motorists. Even with an uninsured motorist policy, it may be difficult to cover medical bills and lost wages after a serious car accident.

If you’ve been injured in a car accident with an uninsured or underinsured motorist, you should contact an experienced attorney as soon as possible. A number of different factors will need to be considered following this type of wreck. Insurance claims involving uninsured motorists can be complicated too. It may be difficult to file a claim with your insurance company, even if you have an uninsured motorist policy. Contact the experienced car accident attorneys at the Altman Legal Group at (940) 761-4000 for a free consultation.

Representing Victims And Families
since 1982

Our attorneys are happy to accommodate difficult schedules. We can meet you in the early morning or late afternoon hours.

We can even schedule appointments on the weekends. We are also available to meet you at home or in the hospital if you do not have transportation, or if your injury doesn’t allow you to travel.

What We Offer Clients And Their Loved Ones:

Initial consultations on personal injury cases are always free.
You do not pay us unless we win your case on personal injury cases.
We`re available to answer your legal questions.
We can be an advocate for your loved ones.
Help provide families with resources and advice.
Resolve automobile property damage claims.
Help you find a doctor, even if you don`t have insurance.
We can deal with the insurance companies.

Free Consultation

Over 40 Years of Experience

Contact Form