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What To Do When You’re in A Hit & Run Intersection Accident

Our blog explores the legal implications of a hit and run intersection accident and some of the reasons why people choose to flee the scene after causing an accident.

In most states, any driver involved in an accident with another vehicle is required by law to move quickly to a safe location and then park, if the vehicles involved can. They should also then check on the health and safety of everyone who was in the vehicles as well as anyone else nearby who may have been injured in the crash. But what happens when the person who causes the accident flees the scene without helping or even contacting the emergency services? 

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.

Why Would A Driver Leave The Scene After A Hit and Run Intersection Accident?

Firstly, let’s explore some of the reasons people have admitted to when found guilty of causing a hit and run intersection accident. It’s important to mention if a person leaves the scene to find a phone or emergency medical services and then returns, they will be given leeway from a legal perspective. However, when someone leaves the scene of an accident they’ve caused or been involved in, it’s taken seriously and can even be labeled as a misdemeanor or a felony, with punishment being a hefty fine all the way up to incarceration.

There are many reasons why a driver wouldn’t stick around to survey the damage

  • They don’t have a valid driver’s license
  • Driving with a suspended license 
  • Too many tickets already
  • Has an outstanding warrant for their arrest
  • Intoxicated or on drugs
  • Doesn’t have car insurance
  • May not have permission to drive the car 
  • Could be driving a stolen vehicle
  • Might be driving a company car and don’t want to get in trouble with their employer

Whilst these shouldn’t be used as an excuse for fleeing the scene, it’s understandable from a legal perspective why the perpetrator wouldn’t hang around at the scene. If you’re involved in a hit and run intersection accident, it’s important to remember not to try to chase after the driver, even if you think you can catch them! And if you’re a witness, don’t try to chase them either- the police are far more experienced in handling these types of cases and should be involved instead.

Hit and Run Intersection Accident

In the US, intersection accidents make up a shocking 40% of all accidents each year, with rear-end accidents most likely to happen at the intersection. There are many reasons why these accidents happen and most commonly it’s drivers in a hurry, not wanting to stop at the junction, or being too distracted and not realizing the vehicle in front has stopped.

Hit and runs are rather frustrating accidents as the police have to start up an investigation often without evidence to start on. With the introduction of dashcams and CCTV at the intersections, the country has started to tackle these common auto accidents but there’s still a long way to go to reduce hit and run intersection accident.

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 a hit and run intersection accident 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 intersection 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, GilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

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