When the driver of a vehicle is involved in a car accident that causes injury to another person, or damage to another person's property, yet they fail to stop and give their name, license number, and other contact information as required by law, it is considered to be a hit and run. In the state of Texas, any driver who is involved in an accident resulting in damage, injury or death is required by law to stop their vehicle at the scene of the accident (or as close as possible without obstructing traffic) and remain there until they give their name, address, vehicle registration number, insurance information, and if requested, driver's license information. They are also legally required to provide reasonable aid to anyone who has sustained injuries as a result of the accident. The Texas Penal Code specifically lays out the laws pertaining to hit and run accidents, and these can be found in Section 550.021 through 550.023 of the code.
In accidents that involve only property damage, the law still requires the vehicle operator to stop and provide their contact and insurance information. A failure to do so is considered to be a misdemeanor offense. Leaving the scene of an accident, if serious injuries or a death occur, is a felony offense. Anyone who is convicted of hit and run can expect to receive severe penalties including, but not limited to, imprisonment for up to five years, up to $5,000 in fines, or both.
If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit and run accident in Plano, we strongly advise you contact the Zendeh Del Law Firm, PLLC and speak with one of our knowledgeable criminal defense lawyers right away. Whether you have already been arrested for hit and run, or you have received a notification from the police or sheriff's department about an alleged hit and run you were involved in, our team is here to help. When you contact our firm, we will be able to review the circumstances surrounding the hit and run, advise you of your legal rights and help you determine the best course of action to pursue.
Contact a Plano criminal defense attorney at our law firm today in order to discuss your case.