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Accidents Happen: What do to when you get in a car crash with an out of state driver.

No matter how big of a state Texas may seem, many out-of-state drivers pass through with the motor vehicles. Whether Texas and its towns are just stops on a longer road trip or whether it is the destination, accidents with out-of-state drivers are a threat. Disparities between insurance policies and minimums can make accidents with these types of drivers even more of a headache than your run of the mill fender bender involving a fellow Texan. If you find yourself in a automobile accident and the other driver is not Texan and does not have Texan auto insurance, here are the facts you need to know.   Texas has jurisdiction. Simply put, if a car accident happens on Texas soil, then Texan laws apply in terms of liability and other consequent legal issues. Therefore, it really doesn't matter what the laws of the other driver's home state boasts. Moreover, those pesky insurance minimums are also at the mercy of the state in which the crash occurs. So if the driver's home state minimum is less back at home, it doesn't matter, and Texas's insurance minimums reign supreme. Finally, since Texas is not a no-fault state, and its insurance companies will only cover based on level of fault, this same statute affects the out of state driver. Simply put, your experience in dealing with the repercussions of a car accident involving an out of state driver will almost identically resemble any other Texas accident proceedings.   But what if the out of state driver flees the state and bails on the proceedings? As long as you secure their information (think license plate number, name, phone number, car make and model, etc.) your case will still be handled and resolved. So while any auto accident involving an out of state driver can seem overwhelming and complicated (and even a little scary if you fear the other party fleeing the state), as long as you secure a good insurance policy and company and seek out knowledgeable legal counsel, your experience should be as painless as dealing with an accident can be. If you or someone you know gets in a car accident you should call Rhett Hoestenbach, personal injury attorney. When it comes to your most expensive, and oftentimes most necessary or prized possession, you should take care of it like you would your own body. A reputable and trustworthy team of lawyers is at the ready to serve and protect you and your assets. Visit the website here, or call at 512-472-8865.

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