What Can Be Worse Than a Car Accident?
Car accidents of any kind are traumatic for all involved: bystanders, drivers, passengers, and (of course) victims. The damages tend to be particularly severe in freeway accidents. Everyone is affected by the crash, in one way or another. Legal processes can bring justice and compensation to those who suffered. But what happens if the driver who caused the accident suddenly drives off – leaving the victims to pick up the pieces without even knowing who the offender is? This is called a hit-and-run accident.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, the number of fatal hit-and-run crashes is on the rise despite the overall number of traffic-related deaths decreasing across the US. Traffic safety officials have reported an increase in drunk drivers fleeing the scene of an accident. Tragically, many of these accidents involve pedestrians and serious injuries.
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 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.
By the way, we will also help with other problems that have cost you sleep, like getting a rental car very soon and finding a nearby doctor who can help you. Even the best legal team isn’t good enough if your quality of life isn’t sustainable while justice and compensation are on the way. The whole point of legal action is to regain quality of life, so we help you long-term as attorneys and short-term as your go-to people. Our familiarity with the local Phoenix courts makes us confident that we can help you get the best settlement possible.
Common Defenses to DUI Hit-and-Run Charges
Many hit-and-run cases involve a DUI component.
As experienced attorneys for DUI hit-and-run cases, we’ve worked on many cases where the DUI driver has tried to bring a defense in an attempt to excuse their behavior or try to lessen their charges. Some of the more-common defenses we’ve seen as attorneys include the “it wasn’t me” defense, claiming they weren’t driving under the influence at the time and even the more ‘offensive’ defense the evidence was incorrectly collected by police.
DUI drivers who are faced with DUI hit and run charges try the most logical defense: that they weren’t the person driving the car at the time of the accident – the “it wasn’t me” defense. When this defense is raised, it’s important for witnesses of the accident to come forward with credible evidence of the accident. Another common defense from DUI drivers is that they weren’t drunk or reckless at the time of the accident, sometimes in connection with stating that they were not aware that they hit anything/anyone. These two defenses may not exonerate a drunk driver completely but can help them avoid more serious charges for their actions.
The final, and arguably most common defense, is that the police made mistakes when gathering evidence or when making an arrest. This third tactic often leads to crucial pieces of evidence being inadmissible, or thrown out, because of more technical violations on the part of the police.
What To Do If You Witness a Hit-and-Run Car Accident
In order to ensure that a drunk driver involved in a hit and run accident is held accountable, it’s important that the victim protects his or her interests. If you or a loved one is the victim of a hit and run, it’s vital to document all injuries, and if you need medical help go to the emergency room as soon as possible. Likewise, if you witness a hit-and-run and someone is hurt, make sure they get treatment as soon as possible.
If you’re a bystander, try to record the license plate of the car at fault if they’re fleeing the scene. Even if the license plate information is unavailable, try to record the description of the car including the make, model, color, and approximate year. Any details that may help police to identify the offending vehicle can make a significant difference.
Our previous hit-and-run cases
As experienced accident attorneys, our team has worked representing many different hit and run cases before. One of our previous cases saw our client awarded $125,000.00 for an accident with an intoxicated driver who had a minor in the car. Our client was a pedestrian at the time and suffered a crushed foot as the driver fled the scene. As the case developed it was discovered the driver had already lost their license due to multiple DUI’s and had borrowed his roommates’ car at the time.
Get Help Now
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 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.