Texas is home to some of the most sprawling metropolises in the country. In fact, someone in Texas is involved in a car crash just under once every minute, on average. For this reason, it is vital to have your vehicle insured, and doing so is required by law.
There can be, however, some confusion on whether a different driver is still covered under your insurance policy if they are involved in a crash while driving your vehicle. Understanding how Texas insurance laws work is important for ensuring that your vehicle, its drivers, and its passengers are all properly covered and protected.
In most states, including Texas, insurance coverage follows the car, not the driver. When applying for coverage, you will be asked to list any individuals who will be expected to drive the vehicle on a regular basis, such as a spouse, roommate, or child holding a driver’s license. However, any individual with permission to use your car will be covered by your insurance policy regardless of whether they are named.
In Texas, you can obtain the following types of coverage for your vehicle:
If your vehicle is involved in an auto accident, the following steps are necessary and important regardless of who was driving:
In short, if someone else was driving your car at the time of an accident, you will follow the same steps as if it were you driving.
A: In Texas, any individual who drives your car with permission is automatically covered by your insurance policy. This includes family, members of your household, or any individual with permission to drive your vehicle. Some rare exceptions to this rule exist, as some insurance companies specifically craft their policy to only cover named drivers. These are typically low-rate coverages, and Texas law has been adjusting in the last decade in an attempt to eliminate this type of coverage.
A: If someone who isn’t on your insurance crashes your car, Texas law stipulates that they will be subject to the same laws and policies as you would be had you been the driver at the time of the accident. This means that, depending on fault, they will either owe for damages incurred from the accident or be owed restitution for any personal injuries or property damage sustained. You should proceed with all recommended and necessary steps following the accident.
A: Texas is a “permissive driver” state. This means that, if someone else who is not you is driving your car and gets into an accident, they are covered by your insurance policy. This is true for any individual, regardless of whether they are listed on your policy, so long as they have permission to drive your vehicle. If someone else was driving your vehicle and is involved in an accident, speak with an attorney right away.
A: In Texas, the name of the insured on a policy does not need to match the name on the title of the vehicle being insured. Insurance will follow the car rather than the individual. Any individual can apply for car insurance without being required to own a vehicle at all. Likewise, a car covered by an insurance policy will be valid for any driver who has permission to drive the vehicle, including family or friends of the insured.
If someone driving your vehicle is involved in an accident, reach out to a member of our team right away. The attorneys at Stevenson & Murray can help walk you through all the necessary steps to ensure that the rights of the driver and all your vehicle’s passengers are protected. Contact us today.
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