Here’s a hearbreaking story from the M Streets neighborhood: a Dallas hit-and-run this morning tragically took the life of a young man, Ethan Vasquez, who was 13 years old. His mother, Sandy, age 40, was critically injured.
My prayers go out to her and her family. Ethan was the son of Victor Vasquez, a sergeant with the Cedar Hill Police Department.
The collision occurred at Monticello Avenue and Homer Street, just off Central Expressway near Henderson. The Highland Park police could not stop a blue Chrysler van, which had ran a stop sign. When the van entered the residential area, the trooper turned off his siren but continued to pursue the vehicle, which was reported stolen two weeks ago.
The van continued driving recklessly. It was speeding north on Homer when it ran a stop sign and crashed into the mother and her son in their small Nissan Versa as they were driving westbound towards Central.
A Nissan Xterra was also hit, but fortunately its driver was not seriously injured.
The driver of the van and a passenger got out and ran from the scene. Dallas Police are combing the scene, looking in every house, garage, and garbage can. It reminds me of the chase for the younger Boston Marathon bomber almost a year ago.
I hate to read stories like this. I hate reckless drivers, let alone criminals who kill innocent people and then flee the scene. And my daughter lives very near to the scene. This senseless carnage has got to stop.
I have been representing the victims of hit-and-run accidents and their families to help them recover money for their often extensive medical bills and lost wages, in addition to pain and sufferering and other damages that the law allows, for 34 years.
These collisions can be devastating — and common. There are over 700,000 hit and run car accidents in the U.S. each year.
I am about to file a lawsuit on behalf of a young man and his sister who were seriously injured when their Ford Fusion was hit by a Lexus. The driver of the Lexus fled on foot. Police were able to track down the driver of the Lexus and determined that he was heavily intoxicated. He was promptly arrested and charged with DWI and leaving the scene of a crash. Here is a photograph from the scene of the crash.
The Dallas police are presently combing the area with blood hounds and trying to find the perpetrator and his passenger. I hope they are able to arrest them and that they are prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. In case you’re wondering, here are our Texas laws regulating and punishing hit-and-run drivers.
A hit-and-run is an accident after which an individual leaves the scene without exchanging information with the person they hit or contacting the police. If a driver leaves the scene of a collision, even if he did not cause the accident, he may be charged with a crime..
Hit-and-run laws in Texas
The laws pertaining to hit and run collisions are specific and punitive. The Texas Transportation Code § 550.021 provides that immediately after an accident involving injury or death the driver is required to
Furthermore, § 550.022 states that immediately after an accident involving damage to another vehicle, a person must
Penalties for Leaving the Scene in Texas
This Information Is Required To Be Exchanged After a Hit and Run Collision
Further, if requested a person must assist the injured party in any way possible, even taking him to a hospital or doctor.
Other Factors That Might Be Involved
The attorney will know to investigate to see whether there is any evidence regarding the following:
Hit-and-run cases can be difficult to prosecute on the civil side, even if the at-fault driver can be located. There is a reason the driver fled the scene, unless he just panicked. He often does not have a valid insurance policy or one with sufficient limits, and/or collectible assets, to pay for the damages incurred by the victims. And of course the defendant may not be a legal resident and is fleeing detection.
We have handled many of these cases in the past 34 years. We have often more successful in recovering damages for our clients under their uninsured/underinsured policies, however. The services of a good Dallas Fort Worth personal injury lawyer are almost always required in cases like these.
Call an Experienced Board Certified Texas Car Accident Attorney
If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident caused by a hit-and-run driver, you should act quickly to protect your legal rights. Call Board Certified Texas auto collision lawyer William Berenson at 817-885-8000 for a free confidential consultation to talk about your injury car accident claim.