Hit and run car accidents are an all-too-common occurrence in Houston - our state and the country at large.
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration offered that in a recent year approximately eleven percent of all traffic accidents were hit and run. That means that one of the drivers in an accident either failed to stop altogether after an accident or stopped and left before police could arrive.
It is not unheard of for a driver to fail to stop because he or she is unaware that they have 'hit' another vehicle or person - but for the most part this is an unlikely scenario.
Instead, hit and run drivers often flee the scene of an accident because they are driving while intoxicated, driving on a suspended license, are driving without insurance coverage to their vehicle, have warrants out for their arrest for other unrelated (or related) charges or simply are too frightened to stay and 'face the music'.
No matter what the reason - it is important to know that it is illegal to leave the scene of an accident - and if the person is caught they will face additional legal challenges that could include jail time as well as steeper fines.
In the Houston headlines this week it was announced that a woman was struck and killed by a hit and run driver. The victim was walking along the shoulder of a major thoroughfare at two in the morning which is always very dangerous - and although no details have as yet been released - if the woman was not wearing reflective clothing she may simply have been 'invisible' to the driver who struck her.
The driver left behind a portion of the car though which should make him or her easier to track down.
Never leave the scene of an accident.