Category: Car Accidents

Rural Car Accident Victims Face Unique Issues in Texas

Posted by: Kemmy Law Firm

Rural West Texas is not like New York City or Chicago. It’s not even like Austin, Houston, or Dallas. Our part of Texas is unique. And that means car accident victims in rural areas face unique issues.

When you are already facing the typical hurdles after a car accident, the last thing you need is more complications standing between you and fair compensation. But residents of the Permian Basin must overcome problems like limited healthcare options, out-of-touch insurers, limited internet access, and finding reliable legal help.

At The Kemmy Law Firm, we make it our mission to help fellow Texans after being injured in a car accident. If you have questions after being injured in a crash you didn’t cause, reach out to us at (210) 735-2233 for a free, no-obligation consultation.

Limited Medical Care

In some rural parts of the Permian Basin, there are no hospitals for miles. If you have a car crash in such an area, where are you supposed to go? The sad result of this is delayed critical care and long, expensive ambulance rides.

Along I-20, there are a handful of hospitals: Midland Memorial Hospital, Ward Memorial Hospital, the Martin County Hospital District, and the Scenic Mountain Medical Center. And the Reeves County Hospital District sits at the meeting of I-20 and Route 285.

According to Texas Tech University, 35 Texas counties – many of them in rural West Texas – have no doctors at all. And many of the communities that do have doctors have more than 3,500 patients per doctor. This is well below the standard for good healthcare access.
That means emergency care and follow-up care after a car accident can present a huge challenge for victims. But healthcare for a severe injury is crucial.

Dealing With Shady Insurance Companies

The large, national auto insurance companies have a well-deserved reputation for using dishonest tactics to withhold car accident victims’ compensation. In rural Texas, the situation is no different. Even smaller statewide or local insurers are known to use the same tactics against car accident victims.

People in our communities tend to want to settle things themselves, and insurers count on dissuading people from contacting a lawyer. Insurers call car accident victims and present themselves as friends who just want to help. But that could not be further from the truth. They are waiting for you to say something they can twist and use against you to reduce your car accident compensation.

Internet Access Issues

Outside of El Paso, Odessa, and Midland, large swaths of the Permian Basin go without broadband internet access. As you can see on this Texas broadband coverage map from Connected Nation, Permian Basin towns like Andrews, Borden, Chaves, Crane, Dawson, Ector, Eddy, Gaines, Glasscock, Howard, Lea, Loving, Martin, Pecos, Reeves, Terrel, Upton, Ward, and Winkle have limited access, if any.

Why does this matter for rural Texas car accident victims? Because the internet is your primary source of information and way to seek services after a crash. Searching for a car accident lawyer, information about the involved insurers, and Texas car accident laws is near impossible if you don’t have internet access.

Pursuing Compensation Without Legal Help

Often, you must file a lawsuit to recover the compensation you deserve after a car accident. But many car accident victims in rural West Texas would prefer to skip the legal trouble and reach a fair, honest agreement with the at-fault party.

That is understandable – even worthy of applause. But it so often doesn’t work. Pursuing compensation for a car accident without legal help can leave you without money to cover your medical bills, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.

How The Kemmy Law Firm Can Help

As a local, family-run car accident law firm, The Kemmy Law Firm understands the unique issues car accident victims face in our part of the state. To help, we have tailored our legal services to combat these issues.

Here are a few ways our firm is prepared to help you recover after a car accident:

  • Personalized attention from an award-winning law firm
  • Connection to the resources you need to get proper care after your crash
  • You tell us when and where you can meet, and we’ll make it work. We even offer virtual meetings
  • No internet access? No problem. We do all the research for you. You only have to call us to check on your case.
  • We understand what you need to get out of your car accident lawsuit, and work hard to win every cent.

Call a Permian Basin Auto Accident Lawyer

As a West Texas car accident victim, you face unique issues. But you don’t have to face them alone. To schedule a free, no-risk consultation with the trusted car accident lawyers at the Kemmy Law Firm, call (210) 735-2233 or reach out to us online today.

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