Crime Victims' Compensation Program & Accident Victim Rights
Drunk driving. Fleeing law enforcement. Car theft. These are just some of the many examples of criminal activity that can cause serious injury or death to motorists and pedestrians. In addition to insurance claims and other legal remedies, crime victims in Texas can apply for compensation and assistance from the Crime Victims' Compensation Program. This program can help cover up to $50,000 in expenses generated by the criminal negligence of others. When it comes to accident victim rights, this little known program is worth taking the time to consider following a motor vehicle accident in Texas.
In addition to the physical wounds caused by a drunk driver or other criminal acts, motor vehicle collisions and other traumatic events can cause deep psychological wounds. The CVC Program helps connect motor vehicle accident victims with licensed counselors who can help ease the emotional pain caused by physical injuries, loss of mobility, loss of a loved one, etc.
The CVC Program can cover everything from hospitalization to medical appliances and dental work. These costs add up quickly, and there is no reason not to pursue every available means of compensation following a motor vehicle accident caused by criminal behavior.
Sadly, many criminal acts behind the wheel result in the loss of life. The CVC helps cover the transportation of the deceased, installation of grave markers, cremation, and many other funeral expenses.
In some instances, you may find that your property was seized as evidence. When this happens, the CVC Program provides up to $1,000 in compensation for the replacement of the victim's seized property. This includes the vehicle, vehicle contents, etc. However, it does not cover property damaged or destroyed in an accident.
Criminal acts can often result in time away from work. The program covers expenses for victims who lose earnings from criminal-related disability, attending funerals, or attending healthcare appointments.
Accident victim rights are not something taken lightly in Texas. There are many options for recovering compensation when you are injured in a motor vehicle accident caused by the criminal negligence of others. We invite you to contact Welmaker Injury Law at (210) 828-6033 for more information about the strategies we use to ensure our clients receive the funds they are entitled to recover.