I agree with every lawyer that has responded so far. Contact a personal injury attoney by telephone, and let the attorney you speak with advise you. Talking to DART is a mistake. I'd be happy to speak with you. You may call me at 972-960-0000. There is no fee for calling, only if we sign you to a contract and recover money for you.
I don't believe any criminal law in Texas was violated. If you could show you were damaged, you might be able to pursue a defamation of character caase, but I don't bel;ieve you could show you were damaged. I would forget this happened and move on.
There are a number of places that you can try. First, I would contact the Houston Bar Association and ask them if they have any recommendations. Second, you might try the University of Houston Law School or the South Texas College of Law. Many times law schools have programs they call clinics that provide pro bono legal services to prospective clients.
You might also check with the Christian Legal Society chapter in your area to obtain a list of people who may be willing to help. Good luck.
The best thing to do is contact your insurance company immediately. If you did not have insurance on the vehicle, a judgment would be required before you would be legally obligated to pay it. Liable is up to a jury or judge to decide, but at that sum of money, if I didn't have insurance, I would pay the claim to avoid all of the stress and hassle of trying to fight it.
I am very sorry to hear about this. I would call the police and report what happened. In Texas, we have something known as the Crime Victim's Compensation Fund, which covers medical expenses for victims of crime, as the name implies. Our fund covers psychological treatment if I am not mistaken. You should ask the local police if they have information on such a fund in Tennessee. If you are no longer in Tennessee, I am not sure how such a law would be applied, but local police should be...
I am a firm believer that you should pay what you owe. However, if you do not pay, the typical recourse for the state is for a local police officer to write you a ticket. Some cities have ordinances that require unused vehicles to be stored out of view of the public. You should check to see if your city has such an ordinance. When you go to sell the car, I am not sure if South Carolina has any kind of back registration provision. Texas doesn't, but every state is different in this regard.
If someone has committed perjury, you can file a complaint with the district attorney's office in your area. It is then up to the district attorney to decide whether to prosecute. Before doing so, I would make darn sure that the person has committed perjury. If not, you could potentially open yourself up to a malicious prosecution-type case.
Good luck with your decision.
I am so, so sorry to hear this. Such a terrible tragedy. Based on the info you gave, it would be difficult to say if there is a case or not. But, calling a lawyer and explaining the details is definitely the right way to go. You are welcome to call us at 888-960-0020. If it is this weekend or after hours that you call, make sure to listen to the message and it will give you an after hours number to call.
Again, my sincere condolences.