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Can a car accident land you in a Texas detainment center?

Drivers assume a certain level of inherent risk when getting into a vehicle. No matter how safe you are behind the wheel, there is a chance you will be the unlucky driver to encounter a reckless motorist and get into a car accident.

For immigrants, this can cause particular nervousness if they are worried about being detained. There have been cases in the past where undocumented immigrants were involved in a car accident they didn’t cause and were questioned by police on their immigration status.

Because Texas requires proof of citizenship to receive a driver’s license, undocumented immigrants are often asked for their driver’s license when an officer arrives on the scene of an accident. This has been the case in other states as well. Previously, serious crimes took a higher priority and many of these stops resulted in deferment.

U.S. laws and regulations can be vague, so whether or not you will be detained for not having a license is unclear. As a general rule of thumb, it is best to have someone who is not an undocumented immigrant driving the car.

However, this should not deter undocumented immigrants from seeking compensation related to a car accident. If your vehicle is damaged or you are injured, you still have the right to have your costs covered. You should not let injuries go without treatment.

If you are concerned, you can work with an experienced immigration attorney who can advocate for you while seeking damages. They have the ability to help protect you from detainment or deportation in the future if it is discovered you are an undocumented immigrant.

While there is a risk when it comes to car accidents, you still have just as much of a right to medical treatment and a repaired vehicle as any other driver. 

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