Hit and Run Accidents

Automobiles are a major part of life in the United States. Cars are on the street 24 hours a day, seven days a week. But cars are not the only moving entities on the roads. Bicyclists and pedestrians also ride or walk on or near streets. Because bicyclists and pedestrians come into close proximity of cars, automobile accidents in which a car hits a pedestrian or a bicyclist do happen. Moreover, automobile accidents involve one car hitting another parked or moving car.

When the driver of a car hits someone or hits another car, the driver has to stop and identify himself or, in the case of hitting another car, at least leave contact information if the car the driver was is not reachable. If a driver flees the scene after hitting a car, pedestrian, or bicyclist, then the driver has committed a hit and run.

Hit and run accidents are crimes, and as such the individuals who commit the crime face jail time. The length of the jail sentence will depend on the severity of the hit and accident. If someone hits a car and flees, criminal penalties may be minimal. If someone hits a human being and flees, jail time will be higher. And if someone dies in a hit and run accident, then the driver of the vehicle will face substantial jail time.

Contact an Austin Criminal Defense Attorney

If you have been accused of committing a hit and run accident, speak with an Austin criminal defense lawyer of Ian Inglis by calling 800-589-1808. You will need an experience legal defense team.

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