In the news recently was a story about a celebrity talking about a fatal car accident that happened to a friend.
The story struck home with me because it highlights the fact that serious or fatal car accidents touch almost every family at some point. I lost a cousin and numerous friends in car accidents.
The touching thing here is the ongoing impact that a car accident can have on lives from something that happens in a split second. A bad car wreck can change or impact your life forever.
In my articles, I discuss driver safety at every opportunity. Sometimes no matter what you do you’re at the mercy of what someone else did or did not do.
One of the things that I have found true in my Houston personal injury law practice is that no one believes that it will happen to their family. It’s always the other guy.
Texas enacted very radical tort reform several years back. The impact of tort reform has been to substantially reduce victim’s ability to find competent counsel and be treated even decently by an insurance company.
[dropshadowbox align=”none” effect=”lifted-both” width=”600px” height=”” background_color=”#ffffff” border_width=”1″ border_color=”#dddddd” ]When Texas tort reform is explained to accident victims the response is “that’s not fair”.[/dropshadowbox]
Every day I hear tales of mistreatment of innocent victims of car accidents when dealing directly with the wrongdoers insurance company.
People are very frustrated by being forced to litigate a claim when they were stopped at a red light and hit at high speed from the rear. Had folks considered that the odds are they or their family will be a victim one day, and if they were told the truth about tort reform upfront there is no way tort reform would have passed.
Tort reform has been a miserable failure for Texans. Giving large insurance companies record profits and protecting foreign manufacturers at the expense of the Texas consumer does not well serve Texas families.
So the next time you read of a wrongful death or lose a friend, ask yourself if I were the innocent victim how would I want to be treated by the insurance company?
After you are an innocent victim you will cry long and loud to repeal tort reform in Texas. But then, it’s to late!