Hit-and-Run Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog
Most people are aware that if they are in a car accident with another vehicle that’s at-fault, they can file a claim against the other driver for expenses related to serious injuries. But what about single-car accidents that result in passengers being hurt? Can those passengers file a claim against the driver of the vehicle?
No car crash is ever fun (unless you’re in a demolition derby), so when you find yourself as the victim of a Pima County hit and run traffic accident, it’s understandable that you will be more than just a bit stressed and upset. After all, a hit and run means that no one is taking responsibility for the damages to your vehicle and the injuries you have sustained as a result of the collision. After a crash, it’s important to think about yourself and your own safety, and in order to do that, there are a few steps you’ll need to take.
- Calm down and try not to panic. Every car crash leads to heavy emotions, but the key is to not let them get out of control. You may be tempted to try to follow the driver that fled the scene of the collision. But it’s more important to take care of yourself.
As Phoenix hit-and-run crash attorneys, we never like to hear about crashes. We are especially saddened when someone is left critically injured and the driver doesn’t stop to help. This was the case on the night of February 19 when a driver struck a pedestrian and then fled the scene, according to reports in Fox 10 News. Our thoughts and prayers are with the pedestrian who is struggling for life, and we also would like to express our support for the family.
Phoenix Hit-and-Run Collisions: The Details and Statistics
There is not a lot of information available about this Phoenix pedestrian collision. However, it is clear that the pedestrian was crossing the road at 20th Street and Osborn when he was hit, and it is also clear that the driver fled the scene of the accident. There were, thankfully, witnesses who identified the car as an older model passenger car, possibly an Oldsmobile. Police will be spending their time reviewing any footage from surrounding surveillance and traffic cameras in order to catch the suspect. In many cases, police do catch hit-and-run drivers. It is always best if the driver turns him- or herself in to avoid further punishment.
As Phoenix hit and run collision attorneys, we were shocked to hear that a driver smashed into a bus stop near 67th Avenue and Camelback Road at 3 p.m. on February 14, 2012. The driver stopped momentarily, asked if everyone was all right, and then left. Witnesses describe the driver as a black man in his 30s driving a white Hyundai Sonata with the license plate ARV4480. The people who were injured include a 46-year-old man and two women, ages 28 and 38. They suffered non-life threatening injuries, but had to be rushed to the hospital. Our thoughts are with them as they start their road to recovery. We urge anyone with information about this driver to contact police immediately.
Causes of This Phoenix Hit and Run Collision
This Phoenix hit and run collision was most likely caused by a distracted driver. Reports at this time do not indicate that any other cars were involved, so it is likely the driver just wasn’t paying attention when he veered into the bus stop. He could also have been drunk. Many drivers get distracted by cell phones, their radios, other drivers, and more. Driving distracted can be just as dangerous as driving drunk in some cases.
Bicycling is one effective way to have fun and spend more time outdoors with family and friends. It is not only good for socializing but for one’s health as well. However, one drawback of bicycling is that bicyclists face a huge threat especially while they on the roads of Arizona.
Bicyclist deaths accounted for 630 out of 33,808 highway fatalities nationwide in 2009, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. In Arizona, 25 riders died in 2009, sadly a higher number than in 2008, which only saw 19 fatalities.
Another bicyclist was struck by a green Isuzu Rodeo on Saturday afternoon, near 85th and Peoria avenues (AZ Central 02/12/11). The victim, a 50-year old man, was riding his bicycle and was hit by the car around 5:30 p.m. The driver, based on the witnesses’ statements, fled the scene, leaving the biker with some serious injuries. Further investigations are currently being conducted about the driver’s whereabouts.
It sounds like a bad nightmare: You’re crossing the street on your way to the store, a friend’s house, or the bank. All of a sudden you’re plowed down by a car that subsequently takes off. You’ve just been the victim of a hit-and-run. But what are your legal rights and can you file a claim?
Hit and run accidents that cause serious injuries raise a lot of questions. Oftentimes victims don’t even know if they have any legal rights. What’s worse is that instead of contacting an experienced pedestrian accident attorney in Phoenix to determine if a claim can be made; many victims allow those rights to be lost.
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