The laws in Phoenix and the rest of Arizona require drivers who are involved in accidents to remain at the scene of the crash until authorities have had the opportunity to respond. Those drivers that do not remain face the possibility of additional charges which can lead to fines, a suspended license, or even incarceration in the event the driver is convicted. These charges are often in addition to others that would have been brought on their own had the driver remained at the scene, including offenses like running a red light or speeding.
Hit and run accidents in Phoenix often leave a motorist or pedestrian injured and in need of medical care. If no one but the fleeing driver witnesses the accident, the victim may be left unable to call for help or assistance, and delays in treatment can exacerbate injuries or even cause death. That is one of the reasons motorists are legally required to stay at the scene of an accident until cleared by police.
Police in Mesa have reported a fatal accident that occurred between a pickup truck and a man riding a scooter near a local Jack in the Box restaurant. The crash occurred near Alma School and University and authorities believe that a 15-year-old male was behind the wheel of the truck. The 15-year-old, who did not have a license, attempted to turn into the restaurant’s parking lot where a 22-year-old man on a scooter was present. The teen did have a learner’s permit and was driving with a friend in the truck when a collision occurred with the scooter, fatally injuring the 22-year-old man aboard the bike. Police have further reported that following the impact, the driver of the truck fled the scene and returned to his home.
Witnesses to the collision took note of the driver and the truck’s descriptions and presented it to the police who used the information to locate the suspect at his home. Information about any pending charges against the teen are not currently known.
Emergency crews responded to the scene of the accident and attempted to rescue the 22-year-old victim but unfortunately he died as a result of his injuries.
Hit and run accidents can be dangerous for everyone involved. If you have been injured in a hit and run crash, you may be entitled to seek relief for your damages whether or not the fleeing driver was ever located. Speaking with a personal injury lawyer may help you understand your legal rights following a collision and whether you may be entitled to financial relief.
At Abels & Annes, P.C., we have a lawyer standing by 24 hours a day, seven days a week to take your call at (855) PHX-LAWYER or locally at (602) 819-5191 because we believe that all injury victims deserve a free consultation. There is no obligation on your part for speaking with us and all information discussed will remain confidential. If an accident has left you hurt, make sure your rights are protected. Call us today and let us help you.
Prior Blog Entry:
Motorcyclist Killed in Yuma Crash, Phoenix Injury Lawyer Blog, published March 10, 2014.
Police: Teen arrested after deadly hit and run accident, by Mia Garcia, Fox 10 Phoenix, published March 13, 2014.