Texas, like other states, has strict laws incriminating hit and runs. An individual is acting out of gross negligence when they fail to check on other victims of the accident. If a hit and run cause severe injuries or the loss of a loved one, you can pursue damages through a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit. A hit and run is a criminal charge and can lead to jail time. If you suffered grave injuries as a result of the hit and run from the at-fault party, you can pursue punitive damages. The driver’s disregard for another’s life should be held accountable. A lawyer for hit and run accident can file a personal injury or wrongful death lawsuit on your behalf.
Hit and Run Accident Attorneys in Houston, TX
Our attorneys at The Gonzalez Law Group know Texas laws well and help you pursue damages prolonged because of the driver’s negligence behavior. We understand you and your loved ones may be experiencing economic hardship as a result of your accident, and we want to help you make things right.
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Texas Hit and Run Laws
The seconds it takes to check on other individuals during an accident and potential call for emergency services can save lives. Hit and run is strongly condemned under Texas regulations. Tex. Transp. Code §550.023 is as follows:
The operator of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury or death of a person or damage to a vehicle that is driven or attended by a person shall:
- Give the operator’s name and address, the registration number of the vehicle the operator was driving, and the name of the operator’s motor vehicle liability insurer to any person injured or the operator or occupant of or person attending a vehicle involved in the collision;
- If requested and available, show the operator’s driver’s license to a person described by Subdivision (1); and
- Provide any person injured in the accident reasonable assistance, including transporting or making arrangements for transporting the person to a physician or hospital for medical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary, or if the injured person requests the transportation.
Tex. Transp. Code §550.026 also calls for an immediate reporting (while in regard to one’s own safety) of an accident that causes injury or death of a person to the closest local police department.
In 2019, the state increased hit and run penalties comparable to that of a DWI. Punishment for a hit and run involving an injury includes up to 5 years of jail time & a $5,000 fine, while punishment for a hit and run involving a severe injury or fatality includes up to 20 years of jail time & a $5,000 (both felonies).
Pursuing Liability in a Hit and Run
If you are involved in a hit and run accident, it is essential to file a police report when possible. Though other factors may have led to the vehicle accident (e.g., driver distraction, intoxication, drowsiness), the course of action taken by the at-fault party may have contributed greatly to the worsening injuries or conditions of the victim. An individual may not have lost as much blood if the other party called for help right away. Because a hit and run is commonly regarded as reckless or gross behavior, punitive damages may be recovered on the victim’s behalf. Other damages following liability in a personal injury or wrongful death case can include:
- Hospital/Medical bills costs
- Funeral/Burial Expenses
- Loss of Income
- Pain and Suffering
Texas Department of Transportation | Texas Motor Vehicle Crash Statistics – The Texas Department of Transportation provides crash statistics in Texas by different categories, including hit and runs. The latest year available for crash statistics in Texas is 2018. Click to learn more.
AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety | Hit and Run Crashes – The AAA Foundation For Traffic Safety put together data analyzing the occurrence and factors affecting hit and run crashes. Factors noted include from the driver characteristics to the victim characteristics. When looking state by state comparison of fatal hit and run crash rates, Texas ranked among the highest number of fatal hit and run crash rate per 100K population from 2010 to 2016. The study also offers countermeasures to combat the hit and run problem in the country.
Contact a Houston Hit and Run Attorney
Hit and runs are a serious problem during an accident that has resulted in severe injuries. If a capable driver walks away from the scene of the crime while the other party is suffering severe physical injuries or potentially dying, the able driver can be punished not only through criminal prosecution but through a personal injury or wrongful death suit as well.
Hit and runs accidents reduce the chances of individuals’ fighting chance at life. You should not have to face the consequences of an accident that was not your fault, and in which you suffered deepened injuries because of the other driver’s added reckless behavior. Our attorneys at The Gonzalez Law Group know the Texas criminal and civil laws condemning hit and runs. We will fight aggressively to assure you receive the most favorable settlement.
Call (832) 530-4070 for a confidential consultation. At The Gonzalez Law Group, we work with clients in the counties of Harris, Fort Bend, Galveston, Montgomery, Liberty, and Chambers. Fill out a free case review form at the bottom of the page for more information.