Since the Thanksgiving holiday, Valley authorities have been out in greater force at sobriety checkpoints. So far they have made 28,592 traffic stops to check for impaired drivers, and 2,700 arrests have been made (KPHO 12/27/10). The majority of the arrests were made by the East Valley task force.
Another man was arrested after a Scottsdale hit and run accident (AZ Central 12/21/10). He hit a pedestrian and fled the scene, then ran into a tree and a building. He then tried to flee on foot but authorities were able to capture him. The female pedestrian did suffer injuries but thankfully they are believed to be non-life-threatening. The authorities arrested the driver and suspect that he was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time.
This pedestrian victim is lucky her injuries were not too serious. Last year 120 pedestrians were killed in traffic accidents (NHTSA FARS 2009). Arizona is ranked 8th in the nation for the worst pedestrian fatality rate. Even a brief glimpse at current events in Arizona also shows that the state has a lot of hit and run accidents. These types of accidents are very serious even with minor injuries. Victims in hit and run accidents may be forced to pay all their medical bills themselves if they do not have protective insurance such as underinsured or uninsured motorist coverage. As serious personal injury attorneys, we hate to see these innocent victims in such difficult situations, so we have sponsored a statewide hit and run tipline. Anyone who has information regarding a hit and run accident can call the anonymous line and alert the authorities. If the tip leads to a successful arrest and felony conviction, the tipper could receive a reward up to $1000! If you have any information regarding a hit and run accident, please visit our website for more information:
If you have been injured in a car accident and don’t know where to turn, please call us today at (480) 753-4534. We may be able to help you get the compensation, and the justice you deserve after an auto accident.