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Fatal Hit and Run in Phoenix Under Investigation

by on April 8, 2015

With more than 45 years of combined experience, the Phoenix hit and run injury lawyers at the firm of Wattel & York can help you demand justice in the aftermath of an accident. When you choose to pursue a lawsuit with the help of our legal team, we’ll put our investigative resources and personal injury expertise to work for you to help you recover the compensation you deserve.

A recent hit and run accident in Phoenix emphasizes the potential dangers faced by pedestrians. A pedestrian attempting to cross 27th Avenue in the proximity of Glenrosa Avenue was struck by two separate cars, which both fled the scene. The pedestrian did not survive his injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. The accident occurred on the night of April 1, 2015, just before 10 p.m.

Witnesses informed police investigators that the man was in two-way left-turn lanes. He made several attempts to cross, but each time he returned to the middle lane. When the unidentified victim stepped into the northbound lane, he was struck by a black Toyota truck, according to police. The driver continued in the northbound lane without stopping. As the victim lay in the lane, he was hit by a black Ford Expedition. The driver of the Expedition briefly stopped, and then drove off. Police officials have not released updates regarding the search for the hit and run drivers, nor have they commented on the speculation of some witnesses that the man may have been intoxicated.

Identifying liability issues with hit and run cases

After a hit and run accident, investigators attempt to identify the driver(s). Descriptions of the vehicles from surviving victims and witnesses can be helpful; however, it is typically difficult to identify the drivers without a license plate number. Sometimes, this information can be captured on surveillance footage. When the drivers are identified, they can be held liable for wrongful death, injuries, property damage, funeral expenses, and non-economic damage such as pain and suffering.

Options for victims and their families

Once liability has been established, victims of hit and run accidents or their family members can explore legal recourse with the help of a personal injury lawyer in Phoenix. They may choose to file a wrongful death lawsuit to hold the responsible party accountable for the reprehensible tragedy.

If the driver cannot be identified, victims and their families still have options available to them. Damages resulting from hit and run accidents are typically covered under uninsured motorist bodily injury. A lawyer may take the insurance company to court in the event that it denies payment despite appropriate coverage.

Wattel & York: a personal injury law firm you can trust

Residents of Chandler and beyond can focus on recovery while our lawyers handle pedestrian car accident cases. We’ll even work with your medical specialist to delay medical bill payment until after the resolution of your case. To arrange your free, no-obligation consultation with a hit and run lawyer in Phoenix, call 877.333.9545 today.

Resources:

  1. CBS 5, Phoenix PD: Pedestrian dies after he’s hit by 2 hit-and-run vehicles, http://www.kpho.com/story/28703802/phoenix-pd-man-dies-after-hes-hit-by-suv
  2. AZ Central, Phoenix man struck twice, killed in hit and run, http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/phoenix/2015/04/02/phoenix-police-investigating-fatal-collision-involving-pedestrian/70814214/

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