Q: I was in a accident and now have to pay settlement. Is it possible to reopen case to fight judgement
I was in a car accident a few years back, at the time I did not have insurance. I was unaware that I was without insurance, I was in school and my mom had agreed to make those payments for me. The car was parked in the left lane with no hazards on so coming down the hill it seemed like it was moving. Once I realized it was not I hit the car. No one was in the car, there was another car in front of him and both people were outside their vehicles. At the time this went to court I was living Texas and had the paperwork needed turned in. Before I had my son I needed to get a paper notarized, I ended up having to have my son sooner and after his birth was not mobile.
In the end the court went ahead with the case and now I am stuck paying over $11,000 with interest piling up. This was my first ever accident and have never had a record on my license. Now I am unable to have a real license until this amount is paid.
Is it possible to reopen this case? Should interest be accumulating?
A: The time to try to reopen it would've been when you realized you hadn't gotten it in. If it's not been too long you could try to reopen it but that would mean hiring an attorney and they'd want up front money. I f you were injured in the wreck and it's medically documented, and it's under two years contact a member of the Texas Trial Lawyers Assn for the county where it happened. Otherwise, you can look at bankruptcy. Not sure how that affects getting a license.
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