Did you know that 630 bicyclists were killed and 51,000 more were injured in motor vehicle traffic crashes on US roads in 2009? According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, these bicycle fatalities represent 2 percent of the total traffic fatalities in 2009. Statistics also revealed that 70 percent of these crashes happen in urban areas and at non-intersections. In most cases, bicycle injury statistics are under-reported. This is because police do not report the accident especially when the victim is not seriously injured.
On Thursday afternoon (7/7/11), another bicyclist was taken to a local hospital with non-life threatening injuries after he was hit by a car in Glendale. According to Glendale police, the collision happened near 51st and Northern avenues.
The car was describe as a gray car and was driven by a man. The driver did not stop after the collision and was last seen travelling northbound on 51st avenue.
Although hit and run laws in US differ from one state to another, in most instances, it is considered to be a serious crime. It is often defined as the failure to stop after an accident. Hit and run law statistics show that approximately eleven percent of all vehicle accidents are hit and run car accidents.
The punishment for hit and run can also differ such as a hit and run law violator will be required to compensate the victim for his/her losses, may have their license suspended or revoked, and may also face criminal/punitive fines. In more serious cases an offender may also be required to serve jail time, and may face points on his/her insurance or DVM records. Hit and run law violators may also lose their license or insurance coverage completely as a result of their crime.
If you or someone you know has been a victim of hit and run accident in Arizona and would like to seek compensation, call one of our Glendale hit and run accident lawyers at (602) 457-6222 for a free consultation.