Phoenix Hit and Run Accident Victim Lawyers
When you are the victim of a hit and run collision, you likely will feel many emotions, none of which will be pleasant. Fear, frustration, anxiety, and the unknown can consume your life after a hit and run. The police may or may not be able to locate the person who caused your accident and then fled from the scene. When you have been involved in a hit and run, you will likely have many questions. You might ask: who will pay your medical bills, who will take care of your family, who will pay your other expenses while you are out of work, and who will be held responsible for how your life has changed. It’s normal to have these questions in any type of accident, but for those who are victims, the fear of never receiving an answer can make it difficult to recover emotionally and mentally from your accident. In turn, this can impact your ability to heal physically.
What is a Hit and Run Accident?
A hit and run car accident occurs when one person leaves the scene of the accident after it has occurred and does not wait for police. In Arizona, the law is strict regarding the behaviors of those motorists and other travelers who are involved in a collision - it is against the law to leave the scene of an accident. When you are involved in a collision, it is your job as a motorist to stay close to the scene but also to be out of harm’s way as much as possible. However, hit and run is also a term used to classify other types of situations that may occur during the course of an accident, or in the aftermath of one. If you are involved in a collision and leave the scene at any time before the police arrive, your accident may be classified as a hit and run accident. Failing to file an accident report or even refusing to provide your information to the other party involved in the collision may also cause your accident to be labeled as a hit and run. There are serious penalties for hit and run accidents in the state of Arizona.
What Are Penalties for Arizona Hit and Run Accidents?
If you are involved in a hit and run accident, you will face stiff penalties for leaving the scene of the accident. If you cause injuries or fatalities and leave the scene of the accident, the penalties will become even more severe. ARS 28-661 and ARS 28-662 are two laws in Arizona that govern what happens to the fleeing motorist in the case of a hit and run accident. Drivers who cause injuries or fatalities in a crash and then leave the scene without waiting for the police to arrive will automatically face charges for a class 4 felony without exception. This is a strict law in the state of Arizona. Drivers in this situation will not only be charged with a felony but will also face additional penalties. According to the law, drivers who fail to remain at the scene of the accident will also lose their license for up to five years, and in some cases, it may be longer than this. In some cases, depending on the severity of the accident, the driver who fled the scene may permanently lose their driving privileges. Additional penalties, criminal, and civil charges will also apply in the majority of cases involving hit and run accidents.
What About the Victims of Hit and Runs?
If you are involved in a hit and run accident and are the victim, you may find that you suffer immensely. The suffering you go through will not only be limited to you, however. Your family will likely also suffer a great deal. In cases where fatalities occur, the families of victims will face long term emotional trauma that will not be eased with a civil case. For all individuals negatively impacted by a hit and run accident, the outcomes are always frustrating and emotionally damaging. The individuals who are injured and who lose their loved deserve to feel that justice has been served and to hold someone accountable for the pain inflicted on them. In many cases, hit and run accidents can make this impossible.
If you were the victim of a hit and run accident in Arizona, you likely will face significant medical bills while being unable to work, and you will also have to deal with long term medical care and the associated expenses. The wounds associated with hit and run accidents seem to be overwhelmingly on the side of serious and fatal, and it is critical that injured individuals and their families contact a trained attorney in order to get help. Contacting a lawyer can help you sort out the details and seek recompense the right way from the moment you are able to do so. This could help ensure that you are able to get justice and hold the at-fault driver in the hit and run accident responsible for their actions and your physical, emotional, mental, and financial suffering.
The Realities of Hit and Run Accidents
There is never any good reason to leave the scene of a car crash. Leaving the scene of a car crash will only cause additional harm and suffering to the injured or fatally wounded party left behind, and to the driver who committed the hit and run. Being involved in a hit and run accident compounds the charges that could be leveled against you. Even if you cause serious injuries or fatal wounds to the other party in your car accident, it is far better to stay at the scene of the accident and wait for help to arrive than to leave. By staying at the scene, you will be able to call for help, and stay with the victim until help arrives. Staying with the victim may even mean helping to save their life in some cases. And your case will be seen more favorably by judges and prosecutors.
Most importantly, individuals who do leave the scene of an accident out of fear, or for any other reason should turn themselves in as soon as possible. In the majority of hit and run accident cases, the fleeing motorist is found after police interview witnesses and conduct a full investigation. Evading arrest will likely cause additional charges to be levied and there will be no leniency.
What to Do if You Know Someone That Committed a Hit and Run
Unfortunately, from time to time, you may encounter someone who has committed a hit and run accident. The attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices, P.C. have established a hit and run hotline for those who wish to report the occurrence of a hit and run accident in Phoenix or anywhere else throughout the state of Arizona. Witnesses or other individuals can call the Husband and Wife Law Team at 1-800-6-HIT-N-RUN to provide details on hit and run crashes. Awards are available to those who provide information that helps to end the suffering, questioning, and frustration for families who need help and justice. However, callers to this hotline are not required to provide their identity. Calls may be made completely anonymously. Information taken from the hotline is provided to authorities to help them in the search for the hit and run driver so that the individual can be brought to justice and held responsible for their actions.
What to Do if You Were the Victim of a Hit and Run Accident
If you were the victim of a hit and run accident, you should reach out immediately to an experienced Phoenix car accident attorney. He or she can help by working with doctors and with the police, insurance, and other investigators to find the driver who fled the scene of the accident and to help you get justice. You will need assistance with your medical bills, paying your other expenses while you are out of work, making decisions for the future, and getting recompense for your injuries. Your attorney can help you to accomplish all of this within the statute of limitations if you engage them right away.
If you were involved in a hit and run accident, it is important to write down or tell someone everything you remember about the accident as soon as possible. Keeping track of information about the other driver, and the other driver’s motor vehicle ensures that the information is helpful and relevant to the case and to investigators. Keeping information fresh and ensuring that the authorities receive as much assistance as possible with their case can help you to get justice from the person who caused your injuries and your accident.
The Aftermath of a Hit and Run Accident in Phoenix
Hit and run accidents leave those who were involved with a heavy burden to bear. The high financial, emotional, and physical costs of being the victim of a hit and run accident are high. The risk of sustaining fatal wounds is also high. For those who become the victims of these accidents, the road to recovery is long and arduous. Getting recompense from the hit and run driver may be impossible for months, or even years on end, depending on the circumstances and the ability of authorities to capture the individual who committed this crime. For those who commit a hit and run accident, their lives will also never be the same. The majority of hit and run drivers will serve some sort of sentence, and in extreme cases, hit and run drivers will serve jail time, especially in cases where a fatality was the result of the accident. Serious injuries to victims may lead to the same outcome. No matter what happens, hit and run accident drivers who flee the scene will face criminal charges of some sort and their lives will never be the same. It is always better to stay at the scene of the accident and to work with police and the victims and their families to make it through.
The Husband and Wife Law Team can help individuals who were the victims of a hit and run car crash by working with them to build a strong case against the driver who fled the scene. We work hard to ensure that you have a strong case and to help authorities locate the driver that caused your accident and your injuries, and fled the scene of the accident. If you were injured in a hit and run and need help putting your life back together, we can help you with your case and with looking forward to the future.