Hit-and-Run Accident | Phoenix Personal Injury Law Blog - Breyer Law Offices, P.C.
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.
As Tucson car accident lawyers, we were extremely disappointed to hear that yet another driver fled the scene of a car accident in Tucson, leaving a female pedestrian fighting for her life. The incident occurred on December 24 just after 2 a.m. near the 7200 block of east 22nd Street, according to a news report in KVOA News 4. Police are looking for a red Chevrolet pickup truck that may have rear-tinted windows. The truck may have damage on it from hitting the woman. Anyone with information can call 911 or 88-Crime. Our thoughts and prayers are with the injured victim.
Causes of This Tucson Auto Accident
This Tucson hit and run auto accident may have occurred for a variety of reasons but regardless of the reasons, there is no excuse for this driver to flee the scene of the accident. It is illegal for drivers to flee the scene of an auto accident in Tucson.
As Phoenix hit and run car accident attorneys, we were happy to hear that a man was caught after hitting a pedestrian and then fleeing the scene on the morning of December 26, according to Fox 10. The 19-year-old driver drove the wrong way on 7th Street and Missouri, then hit a pedestrian walking a dog. The driver left the victim with multiple bone fractures to his head, face, and legs. Police caught him a few blocks later at a gas station, where they also found marijuana in his pocket. They determined the driver was under the influence of both narcotics and anti-depressants. Our thoughts and prayers are with the victim, and we wish him a full recovery.
Causes of This Phoenix Pedestrian Accident
According to police, the driver who caused this Phoenix pedestrian accident was driving under the influence of drugs. He drove the wrong way down a street, drove his car up onto a sidewalk, and hit a pedestrian. He then drove away, leaving the pedestrian on the ground with multiple serious injuries. When police tried to apprehend him a mile away, he tried to flee again on foot. The man now faces six felony charges.
The professional Phoenix hit and run accident attorneys at the Breyer Law Offices were glad to discover that the number of hit and run injuries in 2010 declined from 3,647 in 2009 to 3,150 in 2010.
On Monday, November 21, 2011, another hit and run incident occurred in Phoenix. According to ABC15, the accident happened at 44th street and Indian Road at a bus stop. According to Phoenix police, the 33-year old driver of the truck was erratic after rear-ending a car on 40th Street before the driver crashed into a 47-year old woman at the bus stop. As of Tuesday, the woman was in critical condition.
Hit and Run Statistics in Arizona
According to Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT), drivers involved in hit and run accidents in Arizona decreased to 11,388 out of 106,177 drivers in 2010. However, ADOT revealed that despite the decline in 2010, fatal hit and run car crashes increased to 43 in 2010 from 41 in 2009.
According to a report by AZ Family, an off duty Phoenix firefighter hit a teenager with his pickup truck and left the scene of the accident. The hit and run car crash happened on a Saturday afternoon when the 56-year-old suspect hit a teenager who was rollerblading near 19th Avenue and Union Hills Drive. The victim was reportedly on a crosswalk when the accident happened and suffered a fractured hip.
A witness followed the suspect as he tried to leave the scene and the suspect was apprehended by officers after a short time. The suspect, who has been in service for almost 34 years, was placed in custody and is being held on $10,000 bond on charges of leaving the scene of an injury accident.
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.
Did you know that pedestrians are 1.5 times more likely than vehicle passengers to be killed in a car accident on each trip (Center for Disease Control and Prevention 6/17/10)? Or that Arizona’s pedestrian accident fatality rate is 1.82 for every 100,000 residents (National Highway Traffic Safety Administration 2009)? As Phoenix pedestrian accident attorneys, we see these statistics as more than numbers; these are loved ones, friends, and family members dying in preventable accidents. We encourage drivers, pedestrians, bicyclists, motorcyclists, and any other individuals who may be sharing the roads to please take an extra moment to look around, especially in intersections, urban areas, and during the evening hours, as these are the times and locations in which most Arizona pedestrian accidents happen.
Early Sunday morning a female pedestrian was hit by an unknown white Toyota vehicle and left in the road, seriously injured (AZ Family 11/16/10). It is still not known how long she was in the road before she was discovered. She remains on life support. The family is speaking out, asking for the driver to come forward.
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