A measure to strengthen punishment for leaving the scene of an accident that caused injury was unanimously passed in the Texas Senate today.
Under Senate Bill 275, introduced by Austin Democratic Sen. Kirk Watson, fleeing the accident scene is now considered a second degree felony, which is the same as intoxication manslaughter. According to Watson, some drunk drivers involved in accidents flee to avoid tougher punishments. Before the bill was passed, fleeing the scene of the accident was only a third degree felony.
If the bill passes the House for consideration, fleeing an accident that caused an injury could result in up to 20 years of imprisonment and a fine of $10,000.
Being involved in a hit and run accident can cause serious physical injuries and losses to innocent people. Call (210) 999-9999 if you’ve been injured in such an accident and believe you may be owed financial compensation. Our lawyers at the Chris Mayo Law Firm may be able to help you.