Late March a woman riding her bicycle was struck and drug for nearly a half a mile, witnesses say, before she was dislodged. The driver of the vehicle left the scene. The woman was left in critical condition. Except for the witness who was able to record a partial license plate number and vehicle description, authorities may not have been able to find the suspect.
In May, a three-year-old boy was tragically struck while crossing in a cross-walk with his family in East Austin. City officials were able to identify the vehicle of the driver using cameras installed on the sides of every CapMetro Bus.
Complete information from McMinn Law Firm on what to do when caught in a crash with an uninsured driver or a involved in a hit-and-run.
Pedestrian Injury Crashes Spark Pedestrian Safety Initiatives
Failure to stop and render aid is a serious offense. Drivers in each of these cases face serious penalty – though not as severe as those they injured. Taking precaution where possible to prevent accidents is important for pedestrians, bicyclists and drivers. However community non-profits and Austin government are looking to ways future crashes may be prevented.
Charged with the task of improving Austin traffic safety, special task force Austin Vision Zero, has plans to improve infrastructure beginning with “Austin’s deadliest intersections.” Task members state that enforcement alone, through measures such as the “Hands Free Ordinance” won’t reverse Austin’s traffic hazards.
With a $720 million transportation and housing bond proposal in the works, Austinites may see improvements in congestion and reduction in traffic injuries and auto crashes.
Hit and Run Crashes Cause Property Damages and Injury
Have you noticed a ding or dent on your car lately that you’re certain wasn’t there before? You’ve probably been the victim of a hit-and-run, an occurrence that’s becoming more and more common in Austin.
Hit-and-run crashes, including those involving a parked car, can cost a driver thousands of dollars, and police say that finding the culprit is usually next to impossible. Parking lots downtown and streets in West Campus are the two places drivers are most likely to be involved in a hit-and-run, most likely due to fears of a DWI charge.
Hit-and-runs are a huge risk for drivers who park in well-populated areas. However, there are certain precautions you can take to protect yourself:
- Insure yourself. Getting insurance that goes beyond liability is a wise investment, especially if you live in high-traffic areas or park in the street.
- Avoid high-risk spots. Most hit-and-runs in Austin occur in the parking lots under I-35 near Sixth Street and at the University of Texas and West Campus area.
- Gather information. If you’re the victim of a hit-and-run, take down the car’s license plate and identifying features, ask witnesses for details they may have seen, and check the security cameras that could have recorded the event.
McMinn Law Firm Recovery from Property Damage, Injuries | $185,000 Personal Injury Settlement in Bus / Car Accident Case An Austin man’s vehicle was rear-ended by a bus in an accident that seriously injured the victim. The crash also broke most of the equipment owned and used by the victim to make a living. The McMinn Law Firm was able to recover 185,000 with $111,000 paid to the victim.
Call McMinn Law Firm for Hit-and-Run Injuries and Damages
If you have been hurt in a hit-and-run crash, you may be entitled to recovere damages. Contact McMinn Law Firm today for a free case evaluation.