Many of the cases involve someone who is scared because they do not have a license or believe they will be arrested because they caused the crash.  It is far worse to leave the scene than receive a ticket at the scene. We have seen cases in which the party that left was not a contributing factor in the crash and would not have even received a ticket but now had to be responsible for the crime.  Since Leaving the Scene of a crash is a crime there will likely be consequences.  It is recommended that you contact the police to provide your information.  If you are working with a detective, arrangements can be made to turn yourself in and you do not have to be afraid that you will be arrested unexpectedly. 

Driving without insurance is a violation of the law. The only type of enforcement that can be taken is to issue a citation. Provide APD with the information you received from the other party at the scene along with documentation that the insurance is no longer invalid and a citation will be issued if possible. Call 512-974-5789 for additional information.

Police investigate crashes to provide relief for the injured and clear the roadways as soon as practical.  Once the parties have exchanged information and complied with the law the Police are no longer involved. Crashes are civil incidents and any remedies for wrongdoing should be addressed in Civil Court.

An officer’s primary responsibility is to seek relief for the injured and clear the roadway as soon as practical. The crash report provides for “investigator’s narrative opinion” which is made from the information available at the time the officer investigates. If there appears to be a mistake on the report you should contact the officer’s supervisor to discuss any corrections. Crashes are civil incidents and any remedies should be addressed in Civil Court.

As the victim of a leaving the scene crime you will be sent an information letter explaining how to pursue criminal charges. Police investigate the criminal portion of your crash. To recover any money for your property damage will require civil litigation. The criminal investigation will not result in getting you reimbursed but will hold the suspect responsible for violating the law. The City of Austin has hundreds of leaving the scene crashes each month. The case will be investigated as resources allow but the investigative process takes time. Please understand each case is important to us but we may not finish the investigation in time to get your car repaired or settle your insurance claim.  

Road Rage is not actually a crime but a behavior associated with angry driving. It does tend to lead to a crime but not always. If there is an assault or damage caused those will be investigated as criminal acts. Bad behavior behind the wheel does not rise to the level of a criminal investigation.

Road Rage is not actually a crime but a behavior associated with angry driving. It does tend to lead to a crime but not always. If there is an assault or damage caused those will be investigated as criminal acts. Bad behavior behind the wheel does not rise to the level of a criminal investigation.

If your vehicle can be driven safely you should move off the highway to minimize interference freeway traffic. Call 911 to report the crash, an officer will be dispatched when available to determine if an investigation will be done. You can exchange information (name, address, registration, liability insurer and driver’s license) with the other party and complete a Driver’s Crash Report (CR2). This report is available at http://www.txdot.gov/driver/laws/crash-reports.html

The law requires all involved parties to give their information.  Transportation Code section 550.023 Duty to Give Information and Render Aid.

The operator of a vehicle involved in an accident resulting in the injury or death of a person or damage to a vehicle that is driven or attended by a person shall:

  1. give the operator's name and address, the registration number of the vehicle the operator was driving, and the name of the operator's motor vehicle liability insurer to any person injured or the operator or occupant of or person attending a vehicle involved in the collision;
  2. if requested and available, show the operator's driver's license to a person described by Subdivision (1);  and
  3. provide any person injured in the accident reasonable assistance, including transporting or making arrangements for transporting the person to a physician or hospital for medical treatment if it is apparent that treatment is necessary, or if the injured person requests the transportation.
     

Officers investigate crashes with the information available at the time. To issue a citation there must be probable cause which is a much higher standard than any civil litigation. It is the individual officer that has to decide whether enough evidence exists to issue a citation. Any questions should be addressed with the investigating officer’s supervisor.