When a hit-and-run driver causes the death of another person, the surviving family members often have many unanswered questions. Having to bury a loved one without knowing the circumstances that led to his or her death is naturally a traumatic experience. Fortunately, in most cases, the driver who is suspected of fleeing after causing a fatal car accident is located after a meticulous investigation by Texas police. Once such a person's whereabouts are known, he or she can be arrested and charged.
A man who is suspected of leaving the scene of an accident in August is now in custody after a recent arrest that was carried out by police. The police report on the car accident stated that the suspect allegedly smashed into a motorcycle operated by a 21-year-old Houston man on East Freeway while traveling at a high rate of speed. The motorcycle rider was killed upon impact.
According to the police report, the driver of the vehicle continued traveling west on the freeway after striking the motorcycle. His abandoned car was later found at a different location. According to Texas law, a driver may not leave the scene of an accident and is required to provide aid to injured victims. A driver is also required to inform emergency services of the accident.
In cases in which the party responsible for a fatal car accident is not located immediately, there is often still legal recourse available to a victim's family. Family members may finally find closure after a car accident that took their loved one's life. They may pursue restitution for expenses related to a victim's funeral and burial, along with other documented losses. In addition to compensation, by filing a wrongful death claim in a Texas civil court, family members may get the opportunity to have some of their questions answered.
Source: khou.com, "Suspect arrested and charged in fatal accident", Jan. 14, 2015