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Texas injury lawyerFM 620, near the Mansfield Dam bridge, was the site of a hit-and-run accident in the early hours of Wednesday, April 11, leaving a Round Rock man in critical condition. The car that hit the man did not stay at the scene, leaving Round Rock PD little choice but to treat the accident as a hit-and-run, which is a crime. If you are the victim of a hit-and-run accident, you may be able to obtain civil compensation from the driver, as well as their possibly facing criminal charges depending on the situation.

Multiple Reasons for Hit and Runs

Hit-and-run accidents occur much more often than people might like to admit, for several different reasons - some understandable, some unreasonable, but very few excuses are reasons to avoid liability. Even if you did not intend to hit someone, Texas law holds that you have a duty to stop and aid them if you do hit someone - thus, failure to do so is punishable by law in all but the most unusual circumstances. Even something pressing - for example, striking a pedestrian and failing to stop to render aid because you were driving your pregnant wife to the hospital to give birth - will still give rise to civil liability and/or criminal charges, depending on the situation.

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Texas car crash lawyer, Texas personal injury attorneyLast month, a Texas man was killed after being struck by a vehicle on State Highway 155, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS). The DPS is looking for a dark-colored truck, potentially a Chevrolet, which was traveling west on SH 155. The victim was standing at the end of his driveway when the truck apparently veered onto the shoulder and hit him. He was pronounced dead at the scene. The driver of the vehicle did not stop at the accident and render aid as required by law. The DPS is looking for the driver who may be charged with hit and run.

The Criminal Consequences of a Hit and Run

Texas law requires that any individuals who are involved in an accident stop immediately, keeping their vehicle out of the way of traffic. For an accident involving damage to another vehicle, a driver must stop, provide their information, and if possible, render aid. If an individual does not stop and fulfill these requirements, then they can be charged with a misdemeanor. The level of the misdemeanor depends on the amount of damage to the vehicle. For a minimal amount of damage valued at less than $200 it will be a Class C misdemeanor, punishable by a fine. A greater amount of damage results in a Class B misdemeanor, punishable by up to 180 days in jail and up to a $2,000 fine.

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Texas accident lawyer, Texas injury attorneyThe AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety reports that nearly 1,500 people are killed each year due to hit-and-run car accidents. This number is significantly dangerous for pedestrians, who often account for a large portion of hit and run collisions. In fact, the same report shows us that 6 in 10 fatally injured victims of such accidents are pedestrians. Additionally, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reports that a staggering amount of pedestrians - more than 150,000 - were treated in emergency rooms for non-fatal crash-related injuries over the course of a single year. This sad evidence makes it clear that cars strike pedestrians, and they strike them very often.

Pedestrian Accident Causes and Risk Factors

There are multiple causes for life-altering hit-and-run accidents. Some incidences that involve car-to-car collision are deliberate fraud schemes, leaving victims to fend for themselves while the offender attempts to pull an insurance scam, while most pedestrian hit-and-runs are due to risky or illegal driving behaviors, such as speeding or driving while intoxicated. No matter what kind of hit-and-run you are involved in, the result is always devastating.

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Texas accident lawyer, Texas car crash attorneyLast month, a vehicle carrying the driver and one passenger crashed into a utility pole and gas line in New Braunfels. The accident caused a serious gas leak resulting in a road closure and two home evacuations. Crews worked hours to repair the damage. The driver and passenger both fled the scene of the accident and were later arrested and charged. While property damage may have been minimal outside of the gas leak, the crash is an example of the unexpected damages that can occur from collisions. Negligent drivers can be held liable not only for damage to other individual’s cars during collisions, but also for damage to personal and government property.

Property Damage to a Vehicle

After an auto accident, you are entitled to recover compensation for your damaged vehicle. Most insurance providers will pay out the difference between what your car was worth before the accident versus what it is now worth after the accident. This may simply lead to the insurer paying out the cost of repairing your vehicle or if it is totaled, compensating you for the value of your vehicle.

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Texas accident attorney, Texas injury lawyerA seven-year-old girl was killed in a car accident in Trinity County, Texas, in December. A van carrying school children was stopped on FM 1893 to pick up another child when the van was struck from behind by a Ford pickup truck driven by a 17-year-old girl. All of the children were properly buckled in, however, five children suffered some injuries and the seven-year-old passed away at the scene. She was the daughter of a Trinity County Deputy. The driver’s father told ABC 13 KTRK that his daughter was not distracted by a phone or the radio, but instead, the sun was in her eyes, blinding her right before the collision.

How Drivers Should Handle Driving into the Sun

There are times when the sun becomes a driver’s enemy instead of his or her friend. Whether sunlight is directly in a driver’s eyes or someone is trying to drive with intense sun glare on the road or snow, a driver needs to take precautions to avoid an accident like the one that took this little girl’s life. When drivers are heading into the sun or there is an intense glare, they should:

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