Studies show that the majority of car accidents are caused by driver error. Whether the driver was texting and driving, speeding, or took a turn too fast, negligent driving can lead to serious wrecks. Typically, the at-fault driver’s insurance company is responsible for covering the costs of a car accident. If someone was working when they caused the accident, the driver’s employer is typically liable for accident costs. However, what happens when a government employee causes an injurious crash? Does the government have to pay the victim damages?
Personal Injury Claims Against the State Government
Most personal injury claims are brought against private individuals or companies. Personal injury claims brought against the government differ significantly from claims against non-government entities. Before the 1970s, it was nearly impossible to successfully sue the state government for personal injuries. Fortunately, Texas passed the Texas Tort Claims Act in 1969. This legislation enabled individuals to sue the government and seek monetary damages for injuries under certain circumstances.
You may be entitled to financial compensation through a personal injury claim against the state government if:...