Hit & Run Drivers are Hunted by Texas Sherriffs
Street racing is illegal in Texas and all other states. Such dangerous activity behind the wheel of a vehicle can cause collisions that result in serious injuries to others. In worst cases, those injuries often prove fatal. This seems to have been the case in a hit and run accident that occurred on a recent Tuesday night.
Spokespersons from a sheriff’s office say that the driver of a pickup truck was allegedly street racing another motor vehicle moments before the crash. Apparently, the pickup smashed into a car not involved in the race that was traveling on a road that connects to the parkway. Sadly, two occupants from that vehicle, a man and a woman, were both pronounced dead at the scene of the tragedy.
The driver of the pickup truck allegedly fled the area. Two occupants from the other vehicle said to be involved in the race reportedly stopped and checked on the victims, then also left the scene. The names of the victims were not reported.
There are Legal Options for Victims
In similar situations in Texas, once authorities locate a driver suspected of causing a hit and run accident, criminal charges are often filed. If a victim survives the injuries suffered, a civil lawsuit may also be submitted against an allegedly reckless driver in order to seek compensation for damages. If a victim has succumbed to injury, an immediate family member is typically able to pursue legal action on behalf of the decedent. A monetary judgment issued by the court when a claim is successful can help meet funeral expenses and other costs often associated with a serious accident.
Source: kwtx.com, “Hit-and-run during street race in Texas leaves two dead“, April 13, 2016