Failure to Stop and Render Aid, also called hit and run or leaving the scene of an accident, is where the driver of a motor vehicle has an accident, where upon the driver leaves the scene of the accident and fails to stop to notify the other party or property owner of any damage or of the accident.
The Texas Transportation Code indicates a person commits an offense if the person fails to immediately (as reasonably possible) stop the vehicle at the scene of the accident or as close as possible to the scene of the accident.
If the damage to all vehicles is less than $1500 and there are no injuries to any people, the Failure to Stop Render Aid offense is typically a misdemeanor. More serious offenses with injury, damage, or death, may be filed as a felony Failure to Stop and Render Aid.
The most common Failing to stop at scene of accident involves a person hitting a parked car and driving off, thereby failing to leave a note or otherwise contact the owner of the parked car's involvement in an accident.
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