Posted on behalf of Stephens, Anderson & Cummings on Aug 21, 2014 in Auto Accidents
Three men suffered severe injuries after their vehicle was struck in a hit-and-run crash in south Fort Worth early Wednesday morning.
Around 3 a.m. on August 20, police responded to an accident near the intersection of Hemphill and Biddison streets, where they found the victims trapped inside a Chevy Silverado. Nearby, an Isuzu Trooper was engulfed in flames, with no driver in sight.
The men were taken to the hospital in serious condition and police are currently searching for the driver of the Isuzu, who police believe fled the scene intentionally.
Committing a hit-and-run is a serious offense, especially in Texas. In our state, if a driver leaves the scene of an accident where death or serious injury was involved, the offense is classified as a third-degree felony. Such a charge is punishable by up to five years in jail and a fine of up to $5,000.
Across the nation, drivers have a legal obligation to remain at the scene of their accident and provide reasonable assistance to any person in need. This could mean simply dialing 9-1-1 and staying with the victim until the authorities decide there is no need to stay.
In addition to remaining on the scene and calling for help, drivers involved in an accident should always try to locate all of the other passengers and ensure their safety. Taking these precautions can do a great deal to lessen the impact of injuries sustained or even save a life; failing to do so may result in very tragic consequences.
If you or someone you care about was injured in a hit-and-run accident, there is hope. The hit-and-run accident lawyers at Stephens, Anderson & Cummings offer FREE case reviews to anyone in need of legal advice, or those wishing to pursue a claim.
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