Hit and Run: Do’s and Don’ts

When it comes to a hit and run, no one is exempt. This common occurrence can happen to anybody. Whether you run out of fear, guilt, or even as a misunderstanding, it is illegal to flee the scene of an accident in the state of Texas. Leaving the scene of an accident is defined as not stopping after a car crash involving death, injury, or property damage and failing to exchange insurance and contact information, or failing to help contact emergency medical care if injuries are involved. Failure to do these things is a serious crime.
If you are facing a hit and run charge, it is important to remember the following:

Seek legal advice first.

When facing a hit and run charge, it is important to contact your attorney before speaking with the police or any investigator. In many cases, an experienced attorney can help you navigate through this situation, with the primary goal of avoiding criminal charges. Do not attempt to solve this problem on your own—you could actually make the situation worse unwittingly. Contacting a knowledgeable attorney may help you avoid further problems.

DO NOT call your insurance company before seeking the advice of an attorney.

You need to understand your rights and what needs to be done to protect yourself both financially and legally. With the proper advice, you may be able to resolve this issue without further expense or criminal charges. If you are charged with a hit and run, you could be facing a felony or a misdemeanor depending on the severity of the accident. However, if you are convicted of causing serious injury or death, this charge can lead to prison time. To avoid these consequences and to avoid compounding your problem, it is essential that you contact me immediately. Together, we can build your defense, help resolve the matter in the best manner possible for you, and fight back against any potential criminal charges.