Dallas drivers fleeing accident scenes

The Dallas Police Department recently released figures showing that the number of tickets issued by police has reduced in 2013, compared to 2012 numbers. Unfortunately this is not all good news – it appears that more Dallas motorists are causing accidents and then fleeing the scene. In addition, drivers are not slowing down, but just being caught driving at high speeds less often.

There were actually more wrecks on Dallas streets in 2013 over 2012, yet fewer tickets have been written. In 2013, over 20% of at-fault drivers fled the scene after hitting vehicles and even pedestrians. If you are involved in a hit and run, call 911 and get the license number for the police. Call a car accident attorney to help you recover your losses.

The Dallas Police Department has reported that even though the number of tickets is declining, their presence on Dallas streets has not lessened. They perform as many stops, but are not issuing as many tickets.

When you are in an accident, whether you were at fault or not, call 911 and do not leave the scene. A police report must be filed. Don’t admit to fault, even if you think you might be responsible. There may be mitigating circumstances, and the fault may not be with you. Contact Kirkendall Dwyer LLP to determine your course of action.

At the scene, check yourself for injuries. If they are not serious, check the passengers in your car, if you have any, and then check other drivers and their passengers. By this time, the police should have arrived, and they will ask everyone involved about the accident. This would be a good time to call your car accident attorney, while the police speak to other people involved. Your attorney can advise you of the proper steps to take to recover your losses after an accident.

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