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Arizona Law Changes to Protect Hit and Run Victims

There is a recent change of hit and run victims law in Arizona, aiming to offer more protection and justice to hit and run victims. Hit and run accidents are some of the most heartbreaking and tragic traffic accidents that happen in the state of Arizona, due to the very nature of hitting someone in a vehicle and fleeing the scene. Hit and run victims are often confused and very injured. Whilst any car accident is costly, causes painful injuries, and sometimes changes someone’s life forever, when a hit and run involves a pedestrian or cyclist vs. a car, sadly the outcome often means death

The law in America has always required any person involved in a car accident to remain at the scene, and leaving immediately means the driver is in breach of this legal requirement. But what is the punishment for breaking this law?  We explore what spurred on these changes and why penalties for hit and run have only got tougher. 

The personal injury attorneys at Phoenix Accident and Injury Law Firm near you have significant experience in helping clients who have been hit and run victims.  Our offices are conveniently located in nearby ChandlerPeoria, 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 personal 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.

Protecting hit and run victims with ‘Joeys Law’ | New Hit and Run Victims Law in Arizona

In 2012, the state of Arizona changed its laws to help seek justice for hit and run victims and ensure tougher punishment on drivers who cause the accidents. Protecting hit and run victims was a long time coming, as before changes in 2012 were introduced many drivers who were found guilty were receiving a range of punishment form suspended sentences to a maximum of 2 years in prison. So what prompted the changes in the law?

Tragically the revision to a law, named “Joey’s Law” came after an Arizona teenager, 18-year-old Joey Romero, lost his life in a hit-and-run accident. We previously covered this case that saw driver Laura Flanders was drowsy on medication when she hit Joey on a sidewalk and simply kept on driving.  She was found guilty of one count of manslaughter and leaving the scene of an accident that saw her receive 6 years in prison. 

Whilst this was a tragic case, Joey’s family was pleased that state law now serves harsher punishment and jail time for those found guilty but in his particular case, felt her punishment wasn’t enough.

What can you do if you’ve been involved in a hit-and-run?

If you or a loved one has been involved in a hit-and-run accident, it is often a stressful and traumatic time as the shock of someone fleeing the accident can be overwhelming. Our experienced personal attorneys have handled many cases like this and would recommend trying the following to help any future legal case you or your family will want to file;

  • Always call for help first– if you can. Having assistance on-scene will help your accident case, from paramedics to the police- having someone professional can help your case further down the line. A hit and run victim like should receive treatment immediately.
  • Appeal to any witnesses from the scene– they may have made note of license plates or have a description of the vehicle that may prove helpful to the Police
  • Don’t let anyone try to chase or follow the vehicle in question– the Police will be able to offer assistance with that

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 hit and run victims 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 a hit and run victims, 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 ChandlerGilbertMesaScottsdale, Tempe, and Peoria.

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