As Tucson hit-and-run accident lawyers, we were shocked to hear that a driver hit not one but two motorcycle officers on January 4 after being pulled over for a routine traffic stop. According to a news report in the Arizona Daily Star, the driver pulled behind one motorcycle officer who was conducting another traffic stop. Once at a stop, the driver backed up to hit the officer behind him, then pulled forward to hit the other one, leaving them both with injuries.
The incident occurred at 9:30 a.m. near the South Palo Verde Road bridge at 36th Street. The driver then fled to some nearby apartment buildings, got out of the car, and disappeared on foot. He has yet to be apprehended, but police describe him as a male in his 20’s wearing a red and white baseball cap and dark colored hooded jacket. Anyone with information is asked to call 88-CRIME.
Tucson Hit-and-Run Accident Statistics
There were 9,720 car accidents in Tucson during 2010 that resulted in 54 deaths and 5,315 injuries. In total in Arizona, there were 11,388 hit-and-run accidents that led to 44 deaths and 3,150 injuries, according to the Arizona Department of Transportation (ADOT).
Avoiding Tucson Hit-and-Run Accidents
Unfortunately, there are very few ways to avoid hit-and-run accidents. Our best advice is to always be aware of your surroundings and try to prevent them before they happen. In some cases, other drivers can act as witnesses and record the license plate numbers of anyone trying to flee the scene, which is illegal and can result in large fines as well as jail time in Arizona.
Contact a Tucson Personal Injury Attorney
An experienced personal injury attorney can investigate hit-and-run accidents to try to find the suspect. The Husband and Wife Law Team at Breyer Law Offices, P.C. works closely with police, talks to witnesses, and reviews any accident footage that may be captured by nearby surveillance cameras to uncover the facts. When a person is hurt while working, such as these police officers, it is important to know that the statute of limitations is usually much less time than if you were injured and not working at the time of the accident. For a free consultation, call us today.