The term freeways were first created in California to refer to a toll-free highway where traffic could continue to flow at high speeds which in the 1950s seemed like a great idea to help alleviate traffic. Fast forward to modern-day road use and the speed on freeways has become one of the major factors in auto accidents, including hit and run accidents, across America.
Due to their very nature, freeways are designed to direct traffic one way, reducing the risk of causing accidents as there aren’t any intersections. This however causes other issues when accidents do happen as there often aren’t many safe spaces to move into straight away which can lead to hit and run accidents as people use it as an excuse to flee the scene.
Our blog explores hit and run accidents on the freeway, why they happen, and what you can do if you’ve been involved in a car crash and need to file a case.
The injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have significant experience in helping clients who have been in a hit and run freeway accident. Our offices are conveniently located in nearby Chandler, Peoria, and North Phoenix, and we can meet in-person at our nearby offices, over the phone, or video call. You can contact us for a free consultation, or read on to find out more.
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Why Hit And Run Accidents A Common On the Freeways
Accidents happen for all kinds of reasons on the roads across America every day; distraction, driving under the influence and even distractions can cause a crash. Hit and run accidents happen as a result but on the freeways, it’s much easier to crash into someone and quickly drive off again. By their very nature, freeways aren’t meant for pedestrians which means vehicles that need to pull over have a harder time finding somewhere safe to pull over. A hit and run accident is legally classed by someone causing an accident then quickly leaving before call the emergency services or in many cases even checking if the other vehicle driver and/or passengers are ok or injured.
What To Do If You’ve Been Involved In A Hit and Run on the Freeway
Firstly, if you have a hit and run accident anywhere, it’s important to make sure you can pull over safely, and if you can’t call the emergency services immediately. Don’t try to chase down a driver who looks like they’re fleeing the scene as this could be very dangerous. The police are specifically trained to handle hit and run accidents and can deploy their teams to find the driver so if you witness an accident or you’re involved, let the police know.
Being on the freeway is a very dangerous space so as soon as it’s safe to do so, get yourself to a quieter space coming off the nearest slip road available. We’d always recommend getting medical treatment after an accident- even if you don’t have any visible injuries or feel any pain.
Filing a Law Suit Against A Hit and Run Driver
It’s important to hire an experienced attorney when wanting to file a case against a hit-and-run perpetrator as these kinds of cases can be legally complex- particularly if the offending driver hasn’t been found. Many cases are settled without blame after police and other resources haven’t been able to trace or identify the hit and run driver as there needs to be hard-and-fast evidence to prosecute them. Without CCTV or surveillance which isn’t often available on the freeway or even reliable witnesses, it’s particularly hard to find the drivers who have fled the scene.
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At Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you, we have more than 15 years of experience helping clients obtain compensation for their personal injuries, including those from hit and run accidents on the freeway in the Phoenix area. When you’re ready to talk, please contact our office to arrange a free initial consultation by phone or at our Chandler office, conveniently located near you.
If you have been in a hit and run accident, contact Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm in nearby Chandler, AZ to speak with an experienced personal injury attorney. We provide personal injury legal services to clients in your area including Chandler, Gilbert, Mesa, Scottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.