A motorcyclist died following a serious hit and run motorcycle accident in Houston. The accident happened off of the Gulf Freeway and West Gulf Bank in SE Houston. According to police reports, a man on a motorcycle was stopped at a red light when a dark-colored SUV hit the motorcycle from behind. The motorcyclist was trapped between the SUV and an SUV in front of his bike. The SUV was reportedly driving at a high rate of speed at the time of the impact. The driver of the SUV in front of the motorcycle was a pregnant woman who was taken to the hospital for evaluation. The SUV that caused the crash sped away from the scene.
Leaving the Scene of an Accident
Texas law requires drivers to remain at the scene of an accident that results in injuries, fatalities, or property damage. A driver may be charged with leaving the scene of an accident and/or with failing to stop and render aid following an accident with injuries. The charges may range from a misdemeanor to felony, depending on the severity of the crash and the amount of damage. A driver must stop if he or she is involved in an accident, even if he or she is not the driver at fault. The driver must stop immediately, or if the accident happens on a highway, the driver must pull off the road to a suitable safe place nearby.
Why Do People Leave the Scene of an Accident?
There are many reasons why a driver may flee the scene of an accident. The driver may be driving drunk and not want to be charged with DUI. The driver might not have insurance and therefore would face charges, citations, and possible financial penalties. A person may not have a driver’s license or his license might be revoked. The driver could have a warrant for arrest in an unrelated matter and does not want to go to jail. A driver could be an undocumented immigrant and afraid of deportation. Regardless of the reason, leaving the scene of an accident is a serious offense and police do not take it lightly. The police will do everything possible to locate the driver and bring him to justice.
In this case, the police are asking the public for help in locating the hit and run driver. The police will often be able to obtain good information from witnesses, local surveillance video, and other measures to find the driver. Once they locate the driver, they will determine charges. When the accident is a fatality, the police will pull out all stops to determine the driver who left the scene. The victim’s family may pursue civil wrongful death damages. The victim of a hit and run will be able to take legal action once the driver is located. The police will take steps to locate the driver; members of the public should not pursue the driver because it can be dangerous. If you witness a hit and run, gather as much information about the make, model, color, and driver of the vehicle, as well as the license plate number if you are able to see it safely.
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