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Police Searching for Hit-And-Run Driver that Injured Child in Phoenix

Children should not have to suffer from the negligence or mistakes of adults, but when it comes to car accidents in Phoenix, that is often exactly what happens, Children who are passengers in a vehicle, riding their bicycles, or even walking as pedestrians are injured every year in traffic accidents and some even lose their lives.

These children unwittingly become victims when adults err or otherwise act egregiously while driving. Injuries to children and minors can lead to medical bills incurred and potentially no means for parents to pay for them. Fortunately, the laws in Arizona enable these families to seek relief against those who have caused the harm, including a responsible driver or the owner of an at-fault vehicle. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix or across the rest of the Valley may help you understand the legal implications if your child has been injured in an accident, including whether you and your child have valid claims for relief.

A tragic incident in Phoenix last week that left a four-year-old child seriously injured. The four-year-old boy was holding his stepfather’s hand as the pair crossed the street near Broadway and 48th Street. A car in the area approached the two and the stepfather had just cleared the area when the car reportedly accelerated and struck the child, running over him and dragging the boy for a few feet before the child broke free. The driver involved in the incident allegedly did not stop at the scene to see if the child was hurt and instead fled the scene before police had an opportunity to arrive.

A witness drove the child and his stepfather to an area hospital where the child was in critical condition. He spent a week in the hospital recovering from his injuries which include a broken pelvis, broken legs, multiple lacerations, broken teeth, and an open head injury. Though he is at home with his family, the victim is in a wheelchair with casts on both legs and still is experiencing a lot of pain.

Police have not yet identified the driver involved in the crash and they are asking anyone with information to step forward and provide any relevant knowledge.

Becoming the victim of a car accident is always tragic but when an at-fault driver flees the scene, it often seems worse. Fortunately for those who are injured, the right to seek a recovery exists under Arizona law regardless of whether an at-fault driver is ever identified. If a driver is not found, the victims of a crash may be able to recover against their own automobile insurance policy through an uninsured motorist claim.

The lawyers at Abels & Annes, P.C. understand that an accident that hurts a child really hurts an entire family. It is one of the reasons that we focus on the representation of accident victims and why we never represent insurance companies. We want to help you understand your options if your child has been hurt and we will do it through a free case consultation. Call us toll free at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 and let us help you today. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and everything discussed will be kept confidential.

At Abels & Annes, P.C., we put the needs of our clients first. Call us today if your child has been injured in an accident and let us help you seek the relief you deserve.

Prior Blog Entry:

Tempe Hit-and-Run Crash Still Being Investigated, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published July 25, 2014.


Driver sought in hit and run crash that dragged 4-year-old child, Fox 10 Phoenix, published July 25, 2014.

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