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.
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.
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:
Under Texas Transportation Code § 550.024, any operator of a vehicle who collides with and damages an unattended vehicle must immediately stop and:
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:
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:
State law also establishes that operators involved in accidents resulting in injury, death, or damage to vehicles driven or attended by another person must:
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:
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.
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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.
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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