Rep. Ed Thompson
HB 1774 by Rep. Ed Thompson (R-Pearland) prohibits a person who fails to comply with financial responsibility requirements for a motor vehicle from recovering non-economic and exemplary damages for personal injury or property damage arising out of an accident involving an uninsured vehicle knowingly operated by the person at the time of the accident. This prohibition would not apply if the person was injured by another person: (1) who was operating a vehicle in a state of intoxication at the time of the accident; (2) who fled the scene; (3) whose wilful act or omission or gross neglect caused the injury; or (4) who, at the time of the accident, was acting in furtherance of a felony.
The bill also applies to a claim of another person deriving from the uninsured motorist’s injury, including a claim for wrongful death or loss of consortium or companionship. Insurers, DPS driver’s license facilities, and persons who provide driver safety courses must all publish prescribed notices of this provision.