A driver is in custody after initially fleeing the scene of a wrongful death accident in Houston. The crash occurred at about 6:30 a.m. at the intersection of Mesa Drive and Sterlingshire. The crash involved three vehicles. According to reports, a red Toyota sedan was traveling south on Mesa when it started to make a left turn onto Sterlingshire. The driver did not have the right-of-way and was hit by an oncoming pickup truck traveling north on Mesa. The pickup truck had a green light and was not required to yield to a turning vehicle.
The crash also caused damage to the car that was driving behind the Toyota. The passenger of the Toyota was reportedly ejected from the vehicle and was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the Toyota fled the scene, but he returned to the scene about an hour after the incident occurred. He was arrested for failure to stop and failure to render aid, and other charges may be pending.
Hit and Run Charges and Penalties
Leaving the scene of an accident is known as a hit and run. A hit and run is a criminal offense when the driver leaves the scene of an accident in which someone was seriously injured or killed. Drivers are required to stop at the scene of an accident, according to Texas transportation code. Hit and run can be charged as a misdemeanor or felony, depending on the circumstances and severity of the crash. A conviction could mean fines and jail time as well as a possible license suspension for the offender.
If you are the victim of a hit and run, it is best to allow the police to locate the offender. Do as much as you can to assist by trying to memorize the license plate number and the make, model, and color of the vehicle. It is also important to try to remember the appearance of the vehicle’s driver.
In addition to your account of the accident, the police will take witness statements and will try to locate any surveillance footage of the incident that may be of value. The police will investigate the accident to try to locate the driver.
Many times, a hit and run driver leaves the scene of the accident because of other problems he or she may already be facing. For example, the driver may have a warrant out for his or her arrest, may be intoxicated, or may be driving without a license or insurance. Regardless, you will need to locate the driver in order to file a claim against him or her for your damages and injuries.
In situations when the police are not able to locate the hit and run driver, you may look at our own automobile insurance policy to see if you have uninsured motorist coverage to provide benefits.
Contact an experienced attorney as soon after the accident as possible. When the offender is located, you may file a claim against his or her insurance company or a lawsuit against the individual if he or she does not have insurance. If the driver is not located, you may be able to file a claim with your own insurance company. Contact our legal team at Baumgartner Law Firm to help guide you through the process and assist you in determining how to proceed with a hit and run injury claim.