El Paso Car Accident Lawyer Michael J. Gopin Discusses New Texas Hit-and-Run Accident Penalties

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Hit-and-run drivers involved in fatal accidents now face penalties equal to intoxicated manslaughter charges in Texas, says the attorney from the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin in El Paso.

This tragic accident is a warning to all drivers that no matter their reason for fleeing the scene, it’s an illegal act that carries serious penalties under Texas law.

El Paso car accident lawyer Michael J. Gopin of the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin said today that a fatal September hit-and-run accident serves as a stern reminder to all drivers that changes made to Texas hit-and-run laws could result in serious legal consequences for those who choose to flee the scene of an accident.

According to Fox 14 (“Driver in deadly hit-and-run crash arrested,” October 31; case number 2013-PFILEO5272, El Paso District Court), a driver suspected to have fled the scene of an accident after crashing into a motorcycle was arrested and faces charges that reflect the change in Texas state law that increases penalties for hit-and-run drivers involved in fatal accidents.

“This tragic accident is a warning to all drivers that no matter their reason for fleeing the scene; it’s an illegal act that carries serious penalties under Texas law. As of September 1, the penalty for hit-and-run related fatalities are equal to that for intoxicated manslaughter and under Senate Bill 275 is considered a second degree felony,” said Gopin, who represents victims of negligence and families who lost loved ones in accidents.

Fox 14 reported that the late September accident occurred after an SUV drove into the path of a motorcycle that was driving south on the 9100 block of Dyer Street before fleeing the scene of the accident. The driver of the motorcycle struck the vehicle’s right side and was pronounced dead at the hospital, according to Fox 14.

The alleged hit-and-run driver involved in the accident was found and arrested in late October, Fox 14 said. The suspect faces an “accident involving death” charge, which reflects recent changes in Texas hit-and-run legislation.

“Fleeing the scene of an accident is a crime in El Paso and throughout the state of Texas. That’s regardless of who’s at fault or why. Law enforcement officials are well-aware of this fact, and when found, hit-and-run drivers will face prosecution,” said Gopin, a hit-and-run car accident attorney in El Paso.

Gopin said attorneys can help victims pursue compensation for their losses. A lawyer can help hold the negligent individual accountable and send a message that careless behavior will not be tolerated on Texas roads.

About the Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin

The Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin is an El Paso personal injury law firm providing legal representation to clients suffering from traffic accident injuries, slip and fall injuries, dangerous drugs injuries and those needing help with workers compensation claims. The law firm works on a contingency basis. That means clients only pay if the attorney makes a financial recovery.

For more information about what to do after a car accident in El Paso or elsewhere in Texas and the legal options available to you, call (800) WIN-WIN-1 or (800) 946-9461 or complete the online contact form.

Law Offices of Michael J. Gopin, PC
1300 N. El Paso Street
El Paso, Texas 79902

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