Austin Hit And Run Accidents


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Austin Hit And Run Accidents

The Austin Police Department informed the public several days ago that there was yet another hit and run accident in the city that claimed the life of yet another young man. The circumstances of the accident according to reports were that the hit and run vehicle ran a red light – striking a truck in the intersection and causing it to roll over. A passenger was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene – and the car took off.

 

Hit and run accidents are becoming an all too common phenomenon in Austin as well as across the state and country. Some statistics show there has been a 15% increase in this type of accident over the last few years. The reasons that people tend to leave the scene of an accident without stopping are unfortunately very common.

 

Often the perpetrator may have been drinking but it is just as likely he or she does not have insurance. Too, the person fleeing the scene may not even be a licensed driver at all! The driver in a hit and run accident is likely going to be held responsible for the collision – criminally and/or civilly.

 

The legal aspects of a hit and run vary from state to state. However, here in Texas:

 

*It is a third degree felony if the accident involves a fatality or serious bodily injury

*Accidents causing less serious injuries are punishable by imprisonment for no more than five years

*It could also result in confinement in the county jail for not more than one year and/or a fine not to exceed $5,000

*Accidents causing $200 or more in total damages without injuries are punishable by a class B misdemeanor

*Accidents causing less than $200 in total damages are a class C misdemeanor

 

Another reason many hit-and-run accidents take place is that the person is concerned about being arrested either because of their immigration status or outstanding warrants or perhaps they were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Other times it is a young or inexperienced driver who simply panics and does not know the proper thing to do.

 

If you witness a hit-and-run accident, please try your best to get the license plate number of the vehicle that is leaving and any identity of its driver. I do not personally believe it is a good idea to give chase because you never know what you may catch. Let the police do their job and help them with the license plate number and your observations.

 

Greg Baumgartner is a truck accident attorney and the founder of the Baumgartner law firm, a Austin personal injury law firm dedicated to helping families of people injured or killed in accidents. For a free no obligation consultation with an injury attorney  call the Baumgartner law firm at 1-866-758-4529.

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