Texas DWI Defense Attorney Reminds Drivers to Remain at Crash Scenes

A man has been sentenced to six years in prison because he did not stop and render aid after he rear-ended a pickup truck and knocked over a seventy-nine-year-old man who was trying to get into it. The seventy-nine-year-old man got hit and fell, becoming pinned underneath the pickup truck. The seventy-nine-year-old man sustained severe injuries from which he later died.

Authorities located he man who left the scene of the accident was at a restaurant several blocks away from the wreck. He was arrested and then charged with failure to stop and render aid/serious bodily injury, which is a second-degree felony, in addition to a charge of intoxication manslaughter. Prosecutors agreed to drop the intoxication manslaughter charge because of at least two evidentiary issues. One problem is that the sole witness to the accident, the seventy-nine-year-old man, died. The other is that a 2012 Supreme Court ruling affects the admissibility of blood draw evidence collected under a mandatory blood draw law.

This devastating accident is a sobering reminder to drivers that it is never okay for the operator of a vehicle to leave the scene of a crash. It does not matter if you think that someone else will stop to help. It does not matter if you believe that the people in the other vehicle are okay. It does not matter if, as in this case, you do not see any people in or near the vehicle that you hit. It does not even matter if you have been drinking, and you are concerned that you will get a DWI. If you are ever involved in an accident, stay at the scene, help others as much as you can, and keep yourself safe.

Title seven of the Texas Transportation Code specifies in Section 550.021. That the driver of any vehicle which is involved in an accident that did result or is reasonably likely to cause injury or death shall immediately stop their vehicle at or near the crash scene. They must also remain at or return to the accident scene and immediately determine whether a person is involved in the wreck. If a person is involved in the crash, the driver must immediately assess whether that person requires aid and then remain at the scene of the accident.

If the operator of a vehicle does not comply with Section 550.021 and death or serious injury results from the crash, they may be charged with a second or third-degree felony. Incarceration and a fine are just two of the likely consequences of a conviction for failure to stop. Of course, if all of this happened while you were intoxicated, you would also be charged with DWI and possibly other offenses if applicable.

Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit – Dedicated Support for Texas Defendants

Jack Pettit, Attorney at Law, is a Dallas area DWI defense attorney who has developed an efficient strategy for DWI defense over the thirty years that he has been practicing law. Call Texas DWI Defense Attorney Jack Pettit today at 214-521-4567, to learn more about how he may be able to help you.

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