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Leaving the Scene of an Accident

When a person has been involved in an automobile accident in Texas, leaving the scene of the crash without providing certain information or stopping to render aid to any victims is frequently referred to as a hit-and-run accident. If a driver does not satisfy the requirements of state law following a motor vehicle crash, that individual can face criminal charges.

While many hit-and-run offenses result in misdemeanor charges, cases involving serious or fatal injuries can result in an alleged offender being charged with a felony. In addition to criminal charges in these cases, people can also face very stiff civil penalties.

Lawyer for Hit-and-Run Arrests in Plano, TX

Were you arrested for allegedly leaving the scene of a crash anywhere in Collin County? Do not say anything to authorities without legal counsel. Contact The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy as soon as possible.

Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton are experienced criminal defense attorneys in Plano who represent clients accused of criminal traffic offenses in communities all over Collin County, including Plano, Allen, Frisco, McKinney, and many others. They can provide an honest and thorough evaluation of your case when you call 469-304-3422 to schedule a free initial consultation.


Collin County Leaving the Scene of an Accident Information Center


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Driver Requirements Followings Accidents in Texas

Texas Transportation Code § 550.023 establishes the duty to give information and render aid. If the operator of a vehicle is 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, the driver must:

  • give his or her name and address, the registration number of the vehicle he or she was driving, and the name of his or her 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 his or her driver's license to a person described above; 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.

Under Texas Transportation Code § 550.024, any operator of a vehicle who collides with and damages an unattended vehicle must immediately stop and:

  • locate the operator or owner of the unattended vehicle and give that person the name and address of the operator and the owner of the vehicle that struck the unattended vehicle; or
  • leave in a conspicuous place in, or securely attach in a plainly visible way to, the unattended vehicle a written notice giving the name and address of the operator and the owner of the vehicle that struck the unattended vehicle and a statement of the circumstances of the collision.

When the operator of a vehicle is involved in an accident resulting only in damage to a structure adjacent to a highway or a fixture or landscaping legally on or adjacent to a highway, that individual is required under Texas Transportation Code § 550.025 to:

  • take reasonable steps to locate and notify the owner or person in charge of the property of the accident and of the operator's name and address and the registration number of the vehicle the operator was driving;
  • if requested and available, show the operator's driver's license to the owner or person in charge of the property; and
  • report the accident if required by Texas Transportation Code § 550.061.

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Hit-and-Run Accident Penalties in Collin County

If an alleged offender fails to fulfill any of the duties established under the Transportation Code, that person can face criminal charges. If an individual leaves the scene of an accident after striking an attended or unattended vehicle or a structure adjacent to a highway or a fixture or landscaping legally on or adjacent to a highway, the alleged offense is classified as follows:

  • Less than $200 in damage to all vehicles — Class C misdemeanor punishable by a fine of up to $500; or
  • $200 or more in damage to all vehicles — Class B misdemeanor punishable by up to 180 days in jail and/or a fine of up to $2,000.

State law also establishes that operators involved in accidents resulting in injury, death, or damage to vehicles driven or attended by another person must:

  • immediately stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close as possible to the scene of the accident without obstructing traffic more than is necessary;
  • immediately return to the scene of the accident if the vehicle is not stopped at the scene of the accident;  and
  • remain at the scene of the accident until the operator complies with the requirements of Texas Transportation Code § 550.023.

Texas Transportation Code § 550.021 also establishes that drivers must immediately determine whether a person was involved in the accident and whether that person requires aid. If an alleged offender fails to comply with the requirements of this section, then that individual could face the following charges, depending on the severity of the injuries suffered by alleged victims:

  • Death — Second degree felony punishable by up to 20 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000;
  • Serious bodily injury (defined under Texas Penal Code § 1.07(46) as “bodily injury that creates a substantial risk of death or that causes death, serious permanent disfigurement, or protracted loss or impairment of the function of any bodily member or organ”) — Third Degree Felony punishable by up to 10 years in prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000; or
  • Any other injury — Punishable by imprisonment in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice for not more than five years or confinement in the county jail for not more than one year and/or a fine of up to $5,000.

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Texas Resources for Leaving the Scene of an Accident

Crash Reports | Plano, TX — Visit this website to learn more about the difference between the Driver's Crash Report and the Texas Peace Officer's Crash Report. You can get reports online or from the Plano Police Department. In order to view or purchase reports, you must have a minimum of two of the following required pieces of information: The street name where the crash occurred, the report date, and/or the last name of at least one of the drivers.

The City of Plano
1520 K Ave.
Plano, TX 75074
(972) 941-7000

Texas Transportation Code, Chapter 550 | Accidents and Accident Reports — View the full text of the state law regarding accidents and accident reports. You can read about the duties of drivers following crashes as well as how accidents are investigated. The chapter also covers written accident reports and other reports.


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The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy | Plano Hit-and-Run Accident Defense Attorney

If you think that you might be under investigation or you were already arrested in Collin County for allegedly leaving the scene of a car accident, it is in your best interest to immediately seek legal representation. The Law Offices of Richard C. McConathy aggressively defends individuals in Allen, Plano, McKinney, Frisco, and many surrounding areas of Collin County.

Plano criminal defense lawyers Richard McConathy and Brian Bolton can fight to possible get your criminal charges reduced or dismissed. Call 469-304-3422 or submit an online contact form to have our attorneys review your case and answer all your legal questions during a free, confidential consultation.


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