Texas DUI Defense Attorney Reminds You to Never Leave the Scene of an Accident

If you are driving and you get into an accident, that’s not a good thing. However, there are bad things and there are worse things. Getting into an accident is bad, but getting into an accident and then receiving additional charges and penalties because you left the scene of the accident is much, much worse. This simple truth applies whether you were drinking and driving at the time of the accident or not.

Recently, one driver took a bad situation, made it worse, and then made it even worse after that. By the time that he was apprehended after his third crash, he had accumulated a series of charges, including third-offense driving under the influence of alcohol, vehicular assault fleeing the scene of a crash with injury, and collision.

The dramatic chain of events began when the driver rear-ended a pickup truck that was stopped at a red light. Fortunately, the driver of the pickup truck was not hurt in the crash. The driver did not remain at the scene of the accident, and as he fled he rear-ended another vehicle, this time, a car. The driver of the car and his passenger were injured, but the driver did not stick around at the scene of that accident either. He fled a second time, and when he failed to negotiate a right turn, his car went across the road, struck an embankment, flew into the air, and collided with a parked car when it landed. The driver was unable to flee from the third accident because he was trapped in the wreckage. He was also injured, so he was taken to the hospital once he was freed from the wreck.

If you are involved in an automobile accident, be sure to remain at the accident scene, even if you have been drinking. If you are intoxicated, you may be charged with DUI, in addition to violating any traffic laws that you may have violated while causing the accident. It is also possible that even though you were drinking, the other driver was at fault for the accident. Either of these scenarios will add up a set of consequences that are less severe than the consequences that you would incur if you chose to flee the scene of the accident. There are multiple types of charges that can be brought against a driver who leaves the scene of an accident, and, as we mentioned before, those charges and consequences are in addition to whatever charges you would face for DUI and for your role in causing the accident, if you were fully or partially at fault.

If you have been charged with DUI in connection with an automobile accident, a Texas DUI Defense Attorney can help you build an aggressive defense against your DUI charges and pursue the best overall results under the unique circumstances of your case. Call Attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more.


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