Car Inspections

Although it might appear unusual, many individuals find themselves in situations where they need to ask this question. Fortunately, the car accident attorneys at Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP have the answer. Moreover, we possess valuable insights on how we can assist if you’ve been injured in an accident resulting from someone’s failure to maintain their vehicle.

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Inspections and Inclement Weather

Most Texas drivers won’t have to worry about car inspections since the state is eliminating the requirement in 2025. However, the state will still require drivers in the largest cities to bring their vehicles in for emissions testing.

So, why would you have to worry about getting your car inspected in the rain in Texas? One reason is you’re facing a court-mandated deadline because you received a ticket for an expired inspection sticker. If that deadline happens to be on a day when the skies have opened up, it’s understandable you’d be concerned.

The answer is that no specific laws or regulations prohibit vehicle inspections from being conducted in the rain in Texas. However, individual inspection stations may have their own policies and procedures regarding inclement weather conditions. Some may suspend or delay inspections during heavy rain or severe weather to ensure the safety of their employees and customers and to prevent damage to vehicles or equipment.

If you need to inspect your car in Texas during rainy weather:

  • Contact the inspection station beforehand.
  • Ask about their operating hours and any potential weather-related closures or delays.
  • Consider scheduling your inspection for a different day or time when weather conditions are more favorable to avoid potential disruptions or inconveniences.

What if You’re in a Wreck With a Negligently-Maintained Car?

Even though inspections will eventually be a thing of the past in Texas, drivers must still maintain their vehicles. Failure to do so can result in a horrible accident, resulting in severe injuries or deaths. 

Negligent maintenance can take many forms and result in terrible consequences. For example, according to the Texas Department of Transportation’s Crash Records Information System, 1,912 accidents occurred in 2023 due to defective or no brakes. 

It’s essential you know what to do if you’re involved in a wreck caused by another driver’s failure to maintain their car. 

First, get immediate medical help, even if you believe your injury is minor. Even seemingly minor neck and back pain could escalate into a more severe injury without proper medical attention.

Schedule a Free Consultation with a Houston Car Accident Lawyer

After seeking medical attention, your next step should be to contact an Armstrong Lee & Baker LLP car accident lawyer. We will conduct a thorough investigation into the accident, examining the vehicles involved and calling upon accident reconstruction and mechanical experts if necessary. These experts can demonstrate how the other driver’s negligence, such as ignoring brake, tire, or other critical maintenance issues, caused the wreck.

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C.J. Baker represents victims with serious injuries and has won millions of dollars for victims of 18-wheeler crashes, oilfield equipment failures, offshore platform explosions, and defective medical devices. C.J. graduated summa cum laude from Texas Tech University School of Law in 2016. He was an editor of the Texas Tech Law Review and a top national trial and moot-court advocate.