Recent reports by the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT) indicate that over 15,000 hit and run motor vehicle accidents occur every year. Hit and run accidents occur when a motorist hits another car, person, or property and then flees the scene without providing their personal identifying information. Although car accident injuries can range a great deal, hit and run accidents typically result in the most severe injuries. In addition to serious criminal charges, Arizona motorists who leave the scene of an accident may face civil charges.
Arizona law requires individuals involved in an accident to stop and take certain actions. The actions and penalties for failure to engage in these steps vary depending on the accident’s circumstances. When a driver causes an accident that results in damage to a non-vehicle, they must take steps to locate and notify the property owner and provide the owner with personal information. If a driver hits a parked vehicle, they must locate the car owner, provide their information, or leave a note with their information. Accidents that only involve vehicle damage require all drivers to stop and exchange information with other drivers, and render aid, if necessary. This applies to accidents involving non-serious injuries as well. Accidents involving serious injuries or death require drivers to stop and provide information and render aid. Failing to do so may result in long-term prison sentences and license revocation.
The most common reasons that a driver flees the scene of an accident include when the driver is intoxicated, driving without a license, the driver does not have car insurance, the driver has an outstanding warrant, or the vehicle they are driving is stolen. Hit and run victims, if possible, should try and move their car to a safe spot and call the police or emergency responders as soon as they are able. While waiting for the responders, victims should try and remember and write down details of the other driver and car. However, in many cases, victims will suffer serious injuries, and the police will need to rely on eyewitnesses to identify the culpable driver.
Recently, a Phoenix news report described a hit and run car accident that resulted in serious injuries to a woman. The accident occurred around 2 a.m. when a teenage driver lost control of their car, slammed into a wall, and went up onto a sidewalk hitting a woman. The driver left the scene of the accident, and four kids in the car tried to run away. However, police were able to detain the individuals. The pedestrian was transported to a hospital and remains in critical condition.
Have You Suffered Injuries in an Arizona Car Accident?
If you or someone you know suffered injuries in an Arizona car accident, the personal injury attorneys at Abels & Annes may be able to help you recover damages. The attorneys at our law firm understand the devastating impact that all car accidents, especially hit and runs, can have on a person and their loved ones. We use our skills, resources, and experience to aggressively represent car accident victims in their lawsuits against negligent motorists. Through our representation, our clients frequently recover substantial compensation for their injuries and losses. Contact our office at 855-749-5299 to schedule a free initial consultation with an attorney at our law firm.