Connect with us

Hi, what are you looking for?


Austin Injury Lawyer Report Highlights Alarming Facts About Hit-and-Run Crashes

The law firm of Eberstein Witherite LLP discusses little known statistics about the high rate of hit-and-run accidents that occur in the city.

Dallas, 05/10/2016 /SubmitPressRelease123/

Austin, Texas – Following the recent high profile hit-and-run accident that left an Austin woman with disfiguring injuries, Austin injury attorney Amy Witherite of the 1800 Truck Wreck attorneys  is seeking to raise awareness about a growing problem that has plagued the flourishing city for years. According to Witherite, thousands of hit-and-run crashes occur in Austin annually, many which leave pedestrians, bicyclists, and others with serious, life-threatening injuries. The attorney’s firm discussed the issue and surprising facts about hit-and-run incidents in a recent publication about the controversial case, “Bicyclist Dragged for Blocks by Driver Who Failed to Stop After Texas Crash.”

Surprising Austin Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics

In a past news report, the Austin Police Department put out a call for help in solving hundreds of hit-and-run cases in the city each year, giving insight into the broad scope of the problem. APD Det. Adrian Duran is quoted by KXAN news as stating of the department’s concerns “On average we get a little over 800 hit-and-runs per month.”

In the recent incident, the bicyclist injured after a pickup truck driver failed to stop and render aid was dragged underneath the vehicle for a reported half a mile and sustained severe injuries to multiple parts of her body. The suspected driver was subsequently located and arrested.

How Victims Deal With the Aftermath of a Hit-and-Run Accident

Peter Kissinger, president and CEO of the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, has in the past stated of the growing problem of serious hit-and-run accidents “The problem is bigger than I think most people are aware.” The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration cited an upward trend in the number of related fatalities in 2013. Witherite says that among the factors that influence drivers to run from the scene of an accident are:

  • Being intoxicated
  • Driving without a license or with a suspended one
  • Being a young or inexperienced driver
  • Simply not wanting to take responsibility for their actions

The Texas attorney notes that in spite of legislation being passed in 2013 that increases penalties for drivers who become involved in hit-and-run crashes, there have not been dramatic enough declines. According to Witherite, civil lawsuits being filed against those who are located and prosecuted for their crimes are helpful in the fight to reduce hit-and-run driving accidents on a broad scale, particularly when it comes to repeated offenses.

The attorney also says that, “it is important that victims in these matters are not left without effective recourse for being compensated for damages they incur as a result of someone else’s negligence.”

The full publication on the recent Austin hit-and-run accident is available on the Eberstein Witherite 1-800-TRUCK-WRECK blogsite.

For more information about the Texas truck wreck law firm, or to contact an Eberstein Witherite LLP Austin personal injury lawyer for help with a traffic accident case, please visit or call 1-800-TRUCK-WRECK. Connect with Eberstein Witherite on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.

Media Contact:

Lucy Tiseo

Eberstein Witherite LLP 1800 Truck Wreck

Phone: 1-800-779-6665

Email: [email protected]

Connect with Eberstein Witherite on Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and Google+.


Social Media Tags:Austin Injury Lawyer, Austin injury attorney, hit-and-run crashes, Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics, Texas attorney, Austin hit-and-run accident, Texas truck wreck law firm, civil lawsuits, Hit-and-Run Accident

Newsroom powered by Online Press Release Distribution –

Like Us on Facebook

You May Also Like

Health News

The cosmetic and facial plastic surgery practice is hosting a grand opening celebration and ribbon cutting for its new Chattanooga state-of-the-art location.

Current News

“NEXT by TRT World Forum” Brought Together Globally Known Young Professionals

Current News

J & D Oriental Rug Co. sells antique and vintage carpets and rugs sourced from different regions with an inventory of over 6000 unique...

Top Stories

The Colombian Army has shared unprecedented images of the iconic San Jose Galleon shipwreck, which has been hidden underwater for three centuries and is...