Hit and Run: What’s the Law in Texas?

Just last month, a hit-and-run incident in North Houston left one man dead in what was a four-vehicle crash, according to a ABC 13 news report. One of the vehicles involved in the wreck was an area school bus. No students were on the bus at the time. The driver of a silver Ford Taurus ran through a red light, hitting a white station wagon squarely, killing a 36-year-old man instantly. The man who was killed was on his way to pick up his son from the local school, the report states. The driver of the Ford Taurus attempted to flee the scene on foot but was apprehended and arrested by the Houston Police Department. Police believe the driver may have been intoxicated during the time of the incident and he is facing charges in connection with fleeing the scene, among other possible criminal offenses, according to ABC 13 News. No one else was injured in the wreck. Texas Hit and Run Laws In the state of Texas, hit and run laws generally fall into one of two offenses: failure to stop and give information and failure to stop and render aid. In both instances, the defendant is being charged for leaving the scene of a vehicle crash, wherein vehicles or property is damaged or people are injured as a result. Texas law (Sec. 550.023) dictates that drivers are required to stop and assess the situation following an auto accident, whether that is swapping insurance information or a call to […]